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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Compassion

“For my mother and father Judaism meant bearing witness, raging against injustice and refusing silence. It meant compassion, tolerance, and rescue. In the absence of these imperatives, they taught me, we cease to be Jews.” – Sara Roy

Thus writes Sara Roy on left-wing neo-Nazi magazine CounterPunch (the advert for “The Origins of the Israel Lobby”, which I quoted previously, is still there as of this writing), in a tearful article urging the Jews of Israel to cease their “brutality toward the Palestinians” so that they may rightly again consider themselves “sons of the Holocaust”.

I have already gone the route of showing how such thinking runs contrary to traditional Jewish understanding, how expressions like the famed “Light Unto Nations” mean something other than their usual [Marxist] interpretation, how G-d’s calls for compassion and treating the stranger well aren’t a suicide pact, and how Judaism isn’t any sort of “social gospel”, important though the social commandments of G-d are. But now I wish to tackle this issue from another angle, the angle of taking the social imperatives by the Marxists’ word and showing how Orthodox Judaism and Religious Zionism are true to them while the Marxists fall woefully off the mark.

Compassion is a Jewish value, a divinely commanded value. G-d says (Exodus 22:24–26):

If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest. If thou at all take thy neighbour’s garment to pledge, thou shalt restore it unto him by that the sun goeth down; for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin; wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto Me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

HaShem Himself makes here an appeal to human emotion. He enjoins the well-treatment of the stranger in the Land of Israel (which the “Palestinians” are not—the ger is a non-Jew who lives in the Land of Israel accepting that it belongs to the Jews, while the “Palestinians” live in it thinking it’s theirs). He commands to avoid making even animals suffer. In all His commandments is a deep compassion from within the heart of the Father of All His Creations.

But there is this truth about emotion, oft-ignored: it must be based on reason, on information, and foremostly on the truth, otherwise it can lead to the most atrocious cruelty. It is not good, the overreaction, the hypercorrection, of some people who say, “Emotion is trash, cold and hard reason and logic are the only way to go”. Both have their place in life, in the world. But the question is which rules which: when emotion leads reason, all kind of havoc can result. The entire way of the Torah, the raison d’être of its onerous array of mitzvot, is to make the brain the ruler of the heart—to tame the emotions so as to follow reason. Not to crush the emotions or the bodily desires as the monks do, but to raise them to divine heights through the tempering of the Torah.

Roy has compassion, but it is not based on the truth. It is the same sort of “compassion” that recoils in horror at punishing wayward children at home or in school, because of “the psychological damage it could wreak upon them”, ending up with a generation of school bullies and juvenile delinquents who really wreak psychological damage on the innocent kids. It is the “mercy” that expresses horror at sending criminals to jail, or assuages one’s guilt by making that jail a five-star hotel. And it is the same bleeding-heart sentiment that ignores such things as this:

Interviewer: Let’s talk with the two children of the jihad-fighting martyrdom-seeker Rim Al-Riyashi—Dhoha and Muhammad. Dhoha, you love mama, right? Where did mama go?

Dhoha: To Paradise.

Interviewer: What did mama do?

Dhoha: She committed martyrdom.

Interviewer: She killed Jews, right?

Interviewer: How many did she kill, Muhammad?

Muhammad: Huh?

Interviewer: How many Jews did mama kill?

Muhammad: This many…

Interviewer: How many is that?

Muhammad: Five.

That’s the transcript of an interview with the children of “Palestinian” suicide bomber Rim Al-Riyashi on Hamas TV, from MEMRI. Those two children, two among so many, are being raised to become “fire bombs” as we speak. Children being educated to see suicide-bombing, the murder of the “other” (nod to Edward Said), as the thing to look forward to when they grow up.

The regular Marxist “understanding the victim, giving credit to the weak” platitudes won’t help here; it is one thing to claim resistance here and now, but it is quite another to raise one’s children in such a way as to prevent any possibility of the cessation of hostilities until… the cessation of the existence of the other party (G-d forbid).

Sara Roy has it that the Jewish state is duty-bound to fulfill the demands of those people in order to placate them. Far beyond her is compassion to those two small children, and their numerous peers, who are being sacrificed to the Molech of Islamic suicide-bombing. Her “mercy”, her “compassion”, being uninformed of the facts, or worse, willfully ignorant of them, translates to cruelty and callousness in reality. The context-free onlooker, or the willfully truth-suppressing moonbat, will look at the father who spanks his child and say, “What a cruel man this is! How awfully he treats his own kids!” But the informed, reasoned observer knows that that father’s chastisement may well be the only thing separating the child from a future career in a criminal organization. K’rachem av al banim, says King David (Psalms 103:13)—“Like as a father hath compassion upon his children, so hath the LORD compassion upon them that fear Him”. One of the signs of G-d’s Fatherhood is chastisement of those He loves, because He loves them. Not like the hippified, psychobabble-mutated, emasculated fatherhood of today, in which the father is a milquetoast letting his children stray to any direction in a flurry of “egalitarianism”.

If you love those children, you will advocate taking them away from their parents to be raised on a life-enabling doctrine. If you see them as a reason why their parents must be placated, if you “understand” why this atrocious phenomenon has come to pass, then you have no more than the appearance of compassion. You are like the swine, in that you display your cloven hoofs to all, saying, “See, I am pure”, but the darkness of your heart is betrayed by your lack of rumination, by your inability, or outright unwillingness, to do an internal process of thinking about the whole matter.

“What are Jews now capable of resisting: tyranny? Oppression? Occupation? Injustice? We resist none of these things, no more.” – Sara Roy, from the same

No, resisting tyranny, oppression, occupation and injustice are not the be-all and end-all of Judaism, and yet, it is imperative that, in my response to such accusations as Sara Roy levels, I not overreact, that I not deny their important place in Judaism. So I respond thus: I resist all those things, much better than you Marxists do.

I resist the tyranny of Islamic shariah law.

I resist the oppression of Islamic dhimmi laws for all non-Muslims worldwide.

I resist the steady, creeping occupation of non-Muslim lands and states by global Islamic fascistic imperialism.

I resist the rank injustice of an apartheid system that consigns non-Muslims, women, and even Muslims if they are not Arabs (see: Darfur), to subclass status.

I resist all those, while the Marxists turn a blind eye toward them. Worse: while the Marxists ally themselves with Islam, aiding and abetting its takeover of the world. And I resist Marxism, which is a system of tyranny, oppression, occupation and injustice in its own right, boasting over a 100 million murders in its name.

Thus I have answered the criticism of those who are, according to their feelings, capable of putting a dentist in jail for “cruelly inflicting pain upon innocent people”, disregarding the whole context of the patient’s pain—to inflict some pain in order to prevent a lot of pain later. King David says (Psalms 3:8): “Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked”. Amen, may it be so soon.

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8 Comments:

Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Beautifully done ZY...I gave up trying to reason with haters...good job ..truly well said.

April 11, 2007 3:47 AM  
Blogger kahaneloyalist said...

ZY, I was recently learning the Rambam's Mishne Torah in particular Hilchot Melachim, Perek Vav and while the Rambam demands what seems like cruelty in war, to have no mercy in a Milchemet Mitzvah, and whoever shows mercy upon even the best of the enemy nation, Jewish blood is on his hands. Imagine if the leaders of Israel learned the Rambam instead of desperately seeking the approval of the Goyim what a different world we would be in. Imagine how many Jews would be alive and unharmed if we had Jews who cared about the Torah instead of their own power.

Since you mentioned the Marxist I wonder why none of them ever shed a tear for the Jews of the Soviet Union who had their Judaism ripped from them. On Pesach a Jew born in Ukraine came to my families Seder and he knew nothing, I mean nothing he didnt even know who David HaMelech was, and these Marxist heirs to murderers spiritual and physical dare to lecture us on morality? Such a perversion is hard to believe.


Last this is kind of OT but there is a video of Rav Kahane zt'l http://youtube.com/watch?v=j9_ZiTovRAs

the relevance is that the Leftists who shout loud and long about Democracy were literally drownding the Rav out to keep people from hearing his message, I was wondering if in you Leftists days you attended this or any other bit of Leftist Fascism

April 11, 2007 7:01 AM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

Angel,

Thanks. I wouldn't say I gave up trying to reason with them... I might say I just plant the seeds wherever I can, with the hope that some of them might be converted away from their hatred. You do your bit, G-d does the rest.

KL,

Just now I read on Arutz Sheva that Livni sent a message to the world that Hizbullah must be prevented from getting arms. "Prevented from getting arms"?! How about, "Wiped off the face of the earth for the existential threat to us that it is"? Which is what we would have done last summer if we hadn't caved in to world opinion.

Marxism is one of so many worldviews that lash against the Torah while not being able to exist one moment without it. Without the precepts of the Torah as inspiration, Karl Marx would never have thought up his ideas in the first place. All the greater a condemnation that awaits them from the Judge On High...

I hope I'll have some spare time to see the video this evening; if not, then probably tomorrow evening or Friday morning. In my Leftist days, I thought Kahane zt"l was a lunatic racist who should be locked up for the public good. That gives you a clear picture of the mainstream Israeli Leftist thought back then. Today, there still aren't many Israeli Leftists who say outright that they think Kahane hy"d was right; I have, however, often heard it disguised in the form, "The Arabs through their foolish actions are making Kahane's words become right". It's a circumlocution, sure, but even that used to be unthinkable in the 1990's.

HaShem bless you both.
ZY

April 11, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

You do your bit, G-d does the rest.
I love that ZY...thanks for the chizuk my friend!

April 11, 2007 6:48 PM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

Hey, Angel, you know quite a lot of Hebrew! "Chizuk"? I'm impressed!

HaShem bless you.
ZY

April 11, 2007 6:59 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Just now I read on Arutz Sheva that Livni sent a message to the world that Hizbullah must be prevented from getting arms.

What?!
What planet has she been on for the last 6 months? She doesn't know that they've already rearmed?

We need a new gov't...

April 12, 2007 11:22 PM  
Blogger ZionistYoungster said...

KL,

Poignant video. Then as now, the Minutemen are labeled, "racists" by the bien-pensants (yefei nefesh, as Kahane zt"l said on that video) who don't have a clue.

April 15, 2007 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara Roy, of course, has the publications to back up her scholarly pretentions. But her latest writing leaves one breathless. It's all the fault of "us Jews," and the price we have to pay for our sins is to disengage fromn "the Zionist enterprise," aka. Israel.

Is there no responsibility that the Palestinian side bears for its fate? Granted, the incidents she describes are gratuitous and deserving of condemnation. Israelis don't win any battles by pettiness toward Arabs. But is this par for the course? Are there no Israelis serving in the occupied territories who try to show a human face to the Arabs, even though their lives are up for grabs every day?

I would expect that a scholar would have a more balanced and less emotional "it's all our fault." What does she expect from mainstream Jewish organizations besides solidarity with our brethren in the Jewish homeland?

People who play the role of scholars should act as such. There is no absolute truth, except for propagandists. I'm afraid, Sara Roy belongs now to that category.

I hope some of the people who run this blog will contact her and challenge her to a public debate. She badly needs to have her conceptions put to a test of public scrutiny, and not by her mutual admiration society such as Norman Finkelstein.

April 18, 2007 12:38 AM  

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