October 23, 2012

Messiah is us

Judaism is a religion of deeds; Jews must act on our beliefs. Some actions are profound, others are bothersome but acceptable, but a few are plainly dangerous.

In the last case, cowardice veils itself in extreme religiosity. Jews know that all the authorities from Torah to the Rebe have concurred: the Promised Land entirely belongs to the Jewish state, and no piece of it should be given to Arabs.

During the Gush Katif protests, however, religious Jews appealed to much less significant rules, such as obedience to the state, to justify their peaceful action—which amounted to inaction. Now many religious Jews abstain from active opposition to the treacherous Israeli government. They claim powerlessness, and demand the true Messiah to lead them.

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