Monday, September 12, 2005

Desecration of the Name

I am absolutely positively speechless today. I can't think of a time when it was harder to concentrate davening shacharis before in my entire life.

I am awe struck that our orthodox leadership didn’t demand that the Gush Katif synagogues be dismantled and moved. As a matter of fact they demanded that they be left intact. It’s a sad excuse to hear them say that it is forbidden to tear down a synagogue, because if done properly, that’s just not true.

We have an OBLIGATION as a Jewish people to protect our shuls, and to not allow our holy places to be desecrated by the enemy. Do you not know the rule the mezuzah? If a Jew moves from his place of residence, he is obligated to remove all of his mezuzot if he feels that the mezuzot might be desecrated by non-Jewish inhabitants once he leaves.

Are you to tell me that we will not do the same for our synagogues? That’s outrageous.

The rabbis were correct in that it is forbidden for a Jew to TEAR DOWN or BLOW UP a synagogue. Yet we could have dismantled the synagogue and transferred it. Even here is America we are allowed to abandon a shul and leave it intact (if our congregation is moving to a new building) as long as we know the building will be respected by its new owners.

We knew good and well that the Arabs would come behind us and set our shuls ablaze… and there is no excuse for our inaction.

I understand completely the mindset behind leaving them up, but we cannot allow Islamic terrorists to come in behind us and desecrate our holy places. Sometimes, we have to refrain ourselves from making a point if by doing so we allow the places we have consecrated to G-d to be desecrated.


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