Because We Live Here

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  1. mycroft says:

    I agree with the analysis of the firsr few paragraphs and hope that the last few paragraphs will turn out to be correct too. Good post.

  2. Yisrael Moshe says:

    In order for a picture to be taken of a Jew moving (not standing still) when the siren is going off in Israel, wouldn’t the cameraman have to be moving (not standing still) as well?
    Maybe the cameraman is also Haredi.

  3. Steve Brizel says:

    Great article. If this trend grows, at any pace, perhaps, we can envision Ymei Iyun in all frum communities devoted to the Torah of those Gdolim and Kedoshim such as R M Ziemba, the Kovna Rav, and R E Wasserman, Zicronam Livracha and HaShem Yimkam Damam.

  4. Chareidi Leumi says:

    Maran HaRav Kook Zt”l writes (I believe in Orot HaKodesh) on the sin of Nadav and Avihu that their sin was the separation of the sephira of bina from the sephira of chochma.

    In context, bina, represents impulse/innovation where chochma represents structure/authenticity.

    He writes that both faculties are needed for valid avodat Hashem. My feeling about Yom HaShoa/Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzmaut/Yom Yerushalaim is that they represent bina without chochma.

    In the rush to innovate, the stamp of chochma never sealed the rituals or the symbols of these days. This is why a religious person, even a RZ one, can not connect to these days the same way they connect to the more ancient rabbinic holidays (tisha beAv, chanukah, purim). Perhaps as our nation becomes spiritually healthier in our own land with (b”h, one day) real Torah institutions (I am not talking just about yeshivas, which, B”H we have but rather national Torah institutions), these days can go though the proper process to become more authentic. Or perhaps the subliminal process described in this post is part of the that process occurring in the background.

  5. Tal Benschar says:

    The Hakoras ha Tov to those who served in the IDF and the Holocaust Memorial Day are two different issues. On the latter, gedolei yisroel had several objections, including the statement in Kinos that no other day of mourning will be established, that “Yom Ha Shoah” was established in Nissan, the time of geulah and happiness, and other hashkafic reasons I will not get into here.

    It is a canard to state that the Charedi or Orthodox worlds do not remember the Holocaust — they do. But that remembrance is not specially heightened in Nissan. If any time is more appropriate for heightened remembrance, it is Av, and indeed special Kinot have been written about the Holocaust and are recited in many communities.

    That some charedim are becoming so acculturated that “after Pesach” is becoming associated with Holocaust Remembrance is an unhealthy development, IMO.

  6. Harry Maryles says:

    Rav Chaim Shmulevitz zt”l always mentioned … Those who davened at the Mir Yeshiva were asked to daven …for the soldiers of the IDF. He then hastened to add, “Those who do not understand this are fools.”

    Unfortunately there are still plenty of Charedim who reject Davening for ther IDF and take great pleassure in bashing them. They are indeed, fools. It’s too bad that R Chaim’s views are not more widely known.

  7. Jewish Observer says:

    “That some charedim are becoming so acculturated that “after Pesach” is becoming associated with Holocaust Remembrance is an unhealthy development, IMO”

    no less healthy than charedim being more tuned in to baseball in the spring than in the winter

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