This is a tough piece to write. But then, the headlines both during the weeks before Pesach and during Chol HaMoed are tough to come to grips with.
In rapid -fire succession; the “supreme court rulings” permitting hametz to be sold, as long as not in the public domain, i.e. in restaurants and granting citizenship to “Messianic Jews” as long as at least the father is Jewish. Then there is all of this talk about both “truces” or “ceasefires” with Hamas, the latest version being a six month halt, as translated; Hudna and about Olmert’s readiness to hand the Golan Heights over to Syria in exchange for the Syrian brand of Hudna. All the while, the Olmert, Livni, Barak troika continues carving up Jerusalem. There is this morning’s attack by PA terrorists on the Nitzane Shalom industrial complex near Tulkarm which killed 2 Israeli armed guards, thus showing the sheer lunacy of Israel’s notion of building industrial complexes to provide employment for it’s enemy. And finally, there is the latest “fly in the ointment” in efforts to secure Jonathan Pollard’s freedom;
the indictment in New York, some 23 years later, of a now 85 year old former US Army Engineer accused only decades later of spying for Israel between 1979 and 1985.
We might also throw in that Israel has pardoned anywhere from 10-30 Al Aqsa Gunmen upon their promise to disarm and renounce terror — what a laugh!
Any one of these news items is enough to raise one’s pressure, but taken together as has occured, they are lethal. And they all seem part of the Olmert Regime’s headlong, anti-religious-blinded dive toward the narrow, fragile, Auschwitz, secular, athiest, ghetto entity hugging the sea and totally devoid of any Jewish and Torah meaning.
No one is fired up and willing to do whatever is necessary to force total change. All the sectors are lethargic and mired in their own animosities toward each other, thus allowing the protexia class to divide and conquer, to perpetuate, grow and consolidate their power and the power of the institutions which carry out their will.
Hashem helps those who help themselves. At the Seudat Moshiach this Sh’vi shel Pesach, in addition to praying and singing for the revelation of the Moshiach, the B’nai Yisrael must commit and apply themselves diligently to efforts necessary to force total change. If we’ll but make the effort to nudge the door open just a crack, Hashem will burst the door open the rest of the way. MB