I need to set the table correctly on this topic so as not to be accused of anti-Judaism. I am a long time lover of the Torah. I have studied it and much of Judaism’s inspiring and beautiful
literature for about 20 years now. I fell in love with the Jewish culture and it’s people. Many years ago I began my journey to uncover the truth about God. I started my trek in Christian Messianism but present myself to you today as a confirmed believer in the Jewish Destiny and Torah Judaism. I have long jettisoned the idolatry of Christianity and embraced Judaism as my own. But I should clarify some. I and my wife have embraced authentic Torah tradition. This authentic stream of Judaism taught by the Rambam and other Torah giants of centuries past reminds us that the subdued response to the Itamar incident is an affront to authentic Judaism. But I’m getting ahead of myself….
Killed by Amalek
A few days ago in Itamar, a horrendous crime, committed by Palestinian criminals, shocked many in the world. Some, those who support Israel’s enemies, blamed the murders on the residents of Itamar, basically saying , if they had not built their town there, they would have not been murdered. This is not new or uncommon, but is the reaction of the Left, who have a deep seated hatred of Israel and little or no moral compass to speak of, and in the scheme of things are of no lasting consequence. Those from the quarter that should have been more vocal, the Israelis, was remarkably subdued, an almost surreal silence or at best a murmur. That in itself is horrendous crime. Is Israel in such a battle fatigue and burnout that the normal HUMAN response to this crime against humanity cannot be uttered? Are the echoes of the Holocaust whispering in the ears of my fellow Jews and Israelis? Are they willing to be slaughtered like sheep once again? While certainly a case for identifying the Suffering Servant of Isaiah as the people of Israel can be made in regard to the plight of the Jewish people during the long exile after the Great War, that is far different from the victim mentality that is becoming more and more obvious.
Israel has made many justifications for its lack of response over the years. Quips such as we are above it all, we are a people of prayer, study and acedemia, we are a civilized nation, we are not going to stoop so low as to respond in kind to baseless violence. Which to me is a whole lotta hooey. The Itamar murders are an assault on decency and morality. If it had happened to the Palestinians there would be riots. If it would have happened anywhere else in the world, there would have been riots, protests and even violent confrontations. These types of reactions are NATURAL and even Normal. I’m not promoting senseless violence, but where is the sense of betrayal and righteous indignation? Do you think a King David or the Jews of his day would have allowed such an affront? Absolutely not! The Israeli government’s immediate response to the murders was to announce government approval of 500 homes in Yesha. Are you kidding me? Because the Palestinian terrorists brutally murdered our fellow Jews, the government is going to allow the Jewish people to built more homes on land that is by all rights ours in the first place.
Traditional Judaism is much to blame for the subdued almost non-responsive reaction. It is unfortunate that Judaism’s learned scholars has forgotten some of its own history and even some of the most important principles of the Torah. The ancient Israelite were a proud people. While they were not prone to senseless violence, they did not back down from a legitimate fight. Even King David, renowned as a singer and psalmist, a man of deep inner reflection and thought, was a mighty warrior-king when the situation called for it. Ancient Israel was a mighty warrior nation once and would have never allowed the Itamar incident to go unanswered. Judaism spends far too much time with its nose in the books, running after various mystical teachings instead of promoting a healthy Torah based moral clarity on these important matters. And those rabbi’s and leaders who do speak out are silenced by the Erev Rav Edomite Israeli Government. The only ones who are actually stopping terrorist attacks are often the observant Torah observant Jew, sometimes only using sticks and rocks to repel a terrorist attack.
The Rambam -(Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon) tells us:
“This is why our kingdom was lost and our Temple was destroyed and why we were brought to this; for our fathers sinned and are no more because they found many books dealing with these themes of the star gazers, these things being the root of idolatry, as we have made clear in Laws Concerning Idolatry. They erred and were drawn after them, imagining them to be glorious science and to be of great utility. They did not busy themselves with the art of war or with the conquest of lands, but imagined that those studies would help them. Therefore the prophets called them “fools and dolts” (Jer. 4:22). And truly fools they were, “for they walked after confused things that do not profit” (I Sam. 12:21 and Jer. 2:8).
(RaMBaM, Epistle to the Sages of Marseilles, France)
The Torah commanded that Israel give justice to the orphans and the widows. Since 2000, when this intifada began, over 123 children have been murdered by Palestinians. Where is their justice? Their killers are sometimes jailed, but often released later on, traded for captive Israeli soldiers. HaShem is very concerned for those who are weaker and cannot defend themselves, such as children and the elderly. Israel’s eternal enemy the Amalekites loved to hurt and kill the weaker parts of society. Israel was commanded by HaShem to never forget what Amalek did to the Israelites:
Then HaShem said to Moshe, “Inscribe this in a document as a reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven!” And Moshe built an altar and named it Adonai-Nissi. He said, “It means, ‘Hand upon the throne of HaShem!’ HaShem will be at war with Amalek throughout the ages. (Exodus 17:14-16)
The Amalekites were the first to come in contact with the Israelites, opposing their march at Rephidim, not far from Sinai. The Amalekites displayed their cowardice and blood lust, much in the same way that the modern-day Palestinians do:
“Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt – how undeterred by the fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear. Therefore, when HaShem your God, grants you safety from all your enemies around you in the land that HaShem your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under Heaven. Do not Forget! (Deuteronomy 25:17-19)
Sadly, we as a people have lost our way and have allowed political expediency and compromise to dictate to us what is morally acceptable. As Rambam stated we did not busy ourselves with the art of war. We did not deem it worthy to take on our sacred duty to learn how to wage war against our enemies, and our enemies know it. We are in a bad place and getting worse everyday. Many of the religious leaders tell us we must wait for the Messiah and he will take care of it all. BALDERDASH! The prophecies of the last Days portray our people both from the House of Judah and the returned 10 tribes as a nation of warriors, fighting the enemies of God. This transformation takes place prior to the Mashiach’s return. We can no longer afford to listen to morally bankrupt advice from leaders who have a broken moral compass and who engage in compromise that is detrimental to the Jewish people. The righteous morality of the Torah would have us as a people who react in righteous indignation and take immediate action to the Amalekite tactics of the Palestinian Authority and it’s killers. To do less is sin against Heaven itself. But Israel fears how the nations view them and so react in a cowardly fashion. A people who refuses to stand up for itself is a people who is undeserving of freedom and nationhood. Israel is called to be a light to the nations, not a flickering candle in the wind.