Empty Words Devoid of Commitment - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Rabbi S.
    • 18.06.10 | 10:33 (IDT)

    Mr. Pfeffer: You have the history straight. What are you doing about it? I have ten children who will build the land of Israel. Who's going to carry on after you're gone? What's the heritage and commitment that you're passing on to the next generation? Where are your children headed? To the affluent societies of the West, or will they stick it out here? We're not leaving, but take a look at the statistics of yordim. We, the religious, are the true Zionists. We love Zion, Eretz Yisrael, and we pray for it three times a day and mention in the Grace after Meals every time we have a meal. Chareidim, the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov and the Vilan Gaon, were here before the secular people came and took the name Zionists, making us by default anti-Zionists because we oppose the secularization of the Jewish people. As in the famous parable reportedly said by the Chazon Ish to Ben Gurion: When two donkey-drivers meet on an impassable road, the owner of the donkey who has cast off his burden will always yield to the owner of the donkey bearing the burden. You and all the seculars have cast off your heritage and connection to God and His Torah. You don’t believe in it, right? But we haven’t lost our will and our commitment. We’ll stand up against secular governments to protect our way of life, and we have a motivated and growing constituency. Go ahead and take away the paltry sums you throw our way after all the political machinations it takes to get them. Take all the tax money for your theaters, sports centers, rock and roll concerts, and all the other secular pork barrels in the budget. We’re willing to bite the bullet for what we believe in. We’re strong and idealistically steadfast. What about you?

    from the article: Israeli apathy is to blame for ultra-Orthodox arrogance
    First published 02:39 18.06.10 | Last updated 02:39 18.06.10
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