Thursday, September 15, 2005

Glad to be home.

Just got back to the Muqata after a week in the US on business. You can only imagine what sort of business we in the Muqata have to take care of, but that's another story.

1. In Al-Funduq this evening, 3 Jews were injured by (Arab) rocks thrown at their car, smashing the windshield of their car. One was transported to the hospital and is in fair condition.

2. Sharon spoke in the UN today. I'm surprised he spoke in Hebrew (which I grudgingly have to give him credit), yet his speech was an election speech to the Likud. Some say that's the reason he spoke in Hebrew in the first place. He spoke about that the Land of Israel is exclusively that of the Jewish people, and no other. Too bad he never said that back here at home. Instead he used words like "occupation" instead of "historical right of the Jewish people." I'm not impressed - it was very cynical.

3. Spoke to Joesettler this evening. He said I sound very angry on this blog. Could be. Its unfortunate I have to write from the Muqata, but Israel's police aren't very liberal when it comes to freedom of expression. (unless of course, you're a leftist).

4. Lots of Hashgacha pratit. I needed to raise money for a family of Gush Katif refugees. By the way, none of them have received anything financially so far (like the 50,000 NIS "advance" payment on their compensation - none of that has arrived). Yesterday in shul on my way home, I mentioned this to someone, and before I left, he gave me a rather large sum of tzedaka which will be very useful for the refugees. In fact, it made my entire business trip to Chutz Laaretz seem worthwhile.

Lastly: I have been thinking about this alot lately, and read about it elswhere on the web the other day. Picture the following; a huge tsunami crashes into the Gaza Strip. When the water receedes, there's nothing left there. No people, no buildings, no rubble. Just empty plains of sand...waiting for the Jews to rebuild it. It would explain many things (including why we had to remove the cemetaries from Gaza). It would explain why all the prayers were answered with a "no." I have a feeling that the events of the past months will become obvious and clear to us (as did the story of megliat esther) in the coming months.

Shabbat Shalom from the Muqata.

9 comments:

AMSHINOVER said...

oh shit he is not done
http://amshinover.blogspot.com/2005/09/ariel-shar-afat.html

Joe Settler said...

Correction:

The rocks were Jewish rocks being thrown by Arabs.

tafka PP said...

Jameel, please don't wish for such things. Just because there are many Palestinians who want to drive us into the sea doesn't mean we must sink to their level. As you surmise, it will all be revealed in the end...

The Rabbi's Kid said...

Jameel, I have to begrudgingly agree with TAFKAPP here

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Artist (re: purpleparrot)

It wasn't a "wish" but a scenario.

However, I don't think what "wishing" for one's enemies to be destroyed puts us anywhere NEAR the same galaxy as the Palestinians who educate their children to be suicide bombers, burn our shuls to the ground, and have an 85% approval rating for suicide bombings against Jews.

As with "the end" -- how many of our enemies were killed on Purim? Yet, its a day of rejoicing. Kriyat Yam Suf was another example, and we say "Az Yashir" in davening every day. I don't think that wishing for the removal of our enemies by a higher authority is a bad thing in the slightest. (Yes, I know, we would get blamed for that as well by the UN)

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Rabbi's Kid: Here's a list of we routinely say which beseech Hashem to destroy our enemies, or praise Hashem for having destroyed our enemies.

1. Av Harachamim [Shabbat]
2. Az Yashir
3. Shirat Devora
4. Aveinu Malkeinu (נקום לעננו נקמת דם עבדך השפוך)
5. Al HaNissim (Chanuka and Purim)

On a theological level; and if we *do* wish or daven for something to happen, and it does happen - does that make it wrong? Would Hashem do something "bad" based on our tefillot if it was a "bad" thing?

Lastly; How does put us anywhere near the "level" of our bloodthirsty enemies? Isn't the very "lehavdil" comparison, abhorrent?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

TAFKAPP: Lastly, I don't hate Arabs...I won't say that "some of my best friends are Arabs"...but I have a very good friend Ahmed (he lives in London) and he thinks that Palestinan terrorism is barbaric. My kids know Ahmed, and he sends them gifts all the time. What could be better than pro-Yesha Arabs who live outside of Israel?

Anonymous said...

Hey jameel,

You forgot to mention, "Uva L'Tzion Goel"; what happens in Isaiah 59 (where it comes from)...

---Truth.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there is a line somewhere that starts off, "Shfoch Chamoti laGoyim".

Or maybe that's just something I told my wife the other day?

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