Bibi, Haazinu, and Kiddush Hashem

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  1. Natan Slifkin says:

    Yasher koach. Incidentally, the titles of the Cross-Currents post appear in Google Reader, and I find that it is always possible, and indeed quite easy, to guess the author based on the title!

  2. micha says:

    I fully agree with R’ Adlerstein’s article. That said (and unfortunately on the internet it needs saying — most comments appear to be voicing disagreement), I want to add a second source of happiness:

    The media didn’t comment on the opening of his speech, but hearing it gave me such pleasure. Mr Netanahu opened by mentioning King David. And then Yom Kippur. And Avraham, Yitzchaq and Yaaqov.

    The fact that the majority of Jews are estranged from observance may at times lead us to despair. Then there are reminders like these that no, we are still not cut off from our roots, we all know we are the people of the Torah.

  3. L. Oberstein says:

    I watched the speech on the internet and find him to be eloquent. The problem is that the Umot Haolom are not going to help us if we are in dire need. Let us not forget that when Israel was attacked on Yom Kippur and Nixon sent armaments, no European country would let them land and refuel on the way. I don’t know what is going on in secret but Israel has to be able to defend itself. I do believe that the US and Israel have enough common intersts in the region that there is a high level of military cooperation and they are cooperating on delaying Iran’s bomb. I do not think Obama or any other President will want to start another mid east war and I don’t think the American people will allow it. We have to be realistic about how the interests of the nations affects their friendship with Israel I would prefer an isolated Israel under Bibi to a beloved Tibet in exile under the universally praised Dalai Lama.
    What I do not understand is what if anything the world can do about Islam. Buddist Temples were burned to the ground because one Buddist is supposed to have put a picture of a burned Koran on his facebook Page. It takes nothing to get a riot going, just a rumor that someone somewhere showed disrespect to the prophet or the Koran. How can these killers continue to function and how can the world not react?

  4. Raymond says:

    I am very proud to be Jewish, and would not have it any other way. And yet, there is such enormous pressure to being Jewish. In the antisemitism that I myself have encountered, a lot of it turns out to be a backhand compliment, as they are angry at us for not living up to G-d’s expectations of His Chosen Nation. But what a burden to bear; I cannot really blame Yonah, for example, for trying to run away from G-d, or even Moses for resisting G-d for a full week, in his attempt to avoid being our leader. And what are us ordinary people supposed to do, I mean, those of us who are not saintly or even remotely good in any heroic sense? What if we bring shame to our Jewish people, not out of spite or any particular evil inclination, but simply because some of us are weak, and not moral titans? And the more we Jews emphasize the importance of being morally decent people, the more the world expects from us, which only adds to the pressure we already feel on our collective Jewish shoulders.

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