Meshi-Zahav: From Outcast to Hero?

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6 Responses

  1. ben meir says:

    ARe you aware that Zaka has declared bankruptcy, I would be awfully cautious about calling Meshi Zahav a hero right now.

  2. Yaakov Menken says:

    I actually just edited the post to point out that Zaka is in receivership. This post isn’t a value judgement, I just find the social phenomenon very interesting — that they would be signing up this charedi mit gartel un bekeshe, especially one who was once denigrated on a regular basis (so that’s two strikes against him), to burnish Kadimah’s image.

  3. Yaakov D. Homnick says:

    Meshi-Zahav and ZAKA represent Orthodox Judaism at its best. Not only in its most sympathetic visage, but in its true best essence.

    Say what you will about the importance of learning Torah; say what you will about the self-sacrifice inherent in that commitment; say what you will about about the role of Torah study in spiritually abetting the work of the soldier. This fact remains, and it is a fact, not a judgment. The Chareidi Jews in Israel have made a corporate – alebit unspoken – decision not to risk their lives and the lives of their children on behalf of protecting the Jews of Israel. Or phrased differently: they have made a decision to shift the risk of that protection to those who are not Chareidi. Full stop: no one can talk their way around this point. (I say this as a Chareidi who lived in Israel for ten years: it hurts to say it, indicting myself no less than others. But truth is not subject to embellishment or wish fulfillment.)

    The message of ZAKA – equally unspoken – is this: we must take a piece of that risk. If it can be done in an area of enhancing mitzvah performance and teaching proper respect for life (and the dead), then we are maximizing our performance as servants of Hashem in a unique historical time where He is engaged in fulfilling the final prophecies.

  4. Eliezer Barzilai says:

    Rabbi Homnick’s definitional tautology is manipulative and unfair. If one defines ‘chareidi’ as ‘one who is religious and refuses to join the army, then there is something inherently selfish about the chareidim. In truth, however, one can be chareidi and join the army. Many religious people in Israel do join the army, not even counting the Gerers. Among the religious, there are indeed many who refuse to do so. Their reasons range from fear of putting ones’ self at the mercy of an organization with a burning antipathy to religion of any kind, to theological reasons involving the legitimacy of the government. These concerns have been enunciated by many sincere religious leaders, and are not diminished by their abuse by a few.

  5. Yisrael Moshe says:

    Can anyone tell us why ZAKA has gone into bankruptcy? Has there been a misappropriation of funds? I concur with the first commenter on this thread, and strongly encourage the writers and readers of cross-currents to research into this development so that we can be certain that ZAKA and its leaders are worthy of such praise.

  6. erin says:

    One reason may be the fact that until recently they did not have a web site to get donation from American donors. Their main web site could accept only donation from Israelis.

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