As Jews, we are well aware that the Torah clearly delineates the concepts of good and evil, of right and wrong, of mitzvah and aveira (sin). Tragically, when evil rears it's ugly head, we as a people are often paralyzed when it comes to condemning it. Either we fear the repercussions and consequences of our bold actions or we fear what the opinion of the world will be of us if we speak out against it.

The Torah enjoins us to condemn evil, and to pursue justice and righteousness. To remain silent is a desecration of the name of G-d. For one who fears only G-d, will not fear the vacillating will of human nature and will strive to fulfill G-d's commands.

The latest personification of evil and Jew hatred that has captured the headlines comes from Teheran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the despotic and maniacal Iranian leader has advocated the total annihilation of the State of Israel and all of it's Jewish inhabitants. Ahmadinejad also states that if any country objects to his proposal, that he would invite them to offer sanctuary to the Jews in their own countries. His vitrolic rhetoric also includes his denial of the veracity of the Holocaust, all the while promulgating hatred of the Jews. There is no doubt that his vituperative has been embraced by many willing listeners.

What is most terrifying is that Ahmadinejad is stockpiling stores of uranium with the specific goal of building an atomic bomb. The Iranians have maintained they will never give up their right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel, but the IAEA and most of its members want Tehran to maintain the freeze because of growing fears it will misuse enrichment to make weapons.

For any human being to take this lightly is to deny reality, but for the Jewish people, the stakes are always higher since Israel is in Iran's back yard.

And yet, as we sit and listen to such hatred and know that the forces of evil are in high gear, we hear of no condemnations of such evil from any county in the world. The silence is deafening and truly frightening. The USA does not condemn Iran, the European Union keeps it's collective mouth closed. Why isn't the world condemning such Jew hatred, why isn't the world protesting at the gates of the Iranian consulates in it's respective countries? Why are we afraid to speak out boldy and courageously against such rabid and vile hatred?

More importantly, why isn't Abe Foxman of the ADL and the entire alphabet soup of Jewish organizations based in the USA and worldwide rushing to condemn this Iranian madman? Why aren't Jewish leaders telling the world that this Iranian tyrant is desecrating the name of G-d and does not speak in the name of Islam or G-d?

They remain silent because they fear man and what the ramifications of their words and actions will be. They do not place their trust in the Almighty G-d of Israel. After all, they are too busy condemning Pat Robertson because he stated the G-d was punishing Arik Sharon (who suffered a major stroke) because he was dividing the Land of Israel and giving G-d given land to the Arab enemy. Pat Robertson has studied the Bible. Unfortunately, Jewish leaders have not.

According to an Assoicated Press report of January 5, 2006 it states as follows:

``God considers this land to be his,'' Robertson said on his TV program ``The 700 Club.'' ``You read the Bible and he says `This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.'''

In Robertson's broadcast from his Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, the evangelist said he had personally prayed about a year ago with Sharon, whom he called ``a very tender-hearted man and a good friend.'' He said he was sad to see Sharon in this condition.

He also said, however, that in the Bible, the prophet Joel ``makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who 'divide my land.'''

Sharon ``was dividing God's land and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU (European Union), the United Nations, or the United States of America,'' Robertson said."

There is no question that we do not agree with the divisive and suicidal policies of the Sharon government. We still weep over the evacuation of 9000 Jews from their homes in Gush Katif. We recoil in horror, when we hear about the atrocious way the government of Israel has treated these people since their forced evacuation. We read of their homeless and poverty and it breaks our hearts. We wring our hands in agony and anguish when we remember the burning of Jewish synagogues in Gush Katif. We tremble when we hear of daily mortar attacks on Jewish settlements coming in from Gaza. We have nightmares about this "Roadmap to Peace" leading to our national "Roadmap to Death". We can attribute these national calamities to the policies of Sharon.

Having said all that, we do not know why Mr. Sharon suffered a major stroke. We do not know if it was Divine punishment. We all pray for his recovery. However, we pray for much more than that. We pray that Mr. Sharon recovers so that he can do Teshuva (repentance) for his misdeeds. We pray that his Kadima party, which is slated to garner a majority of seats in the next Knesset election, disavow it's policies of relinquishing G-d given land to the Arab enemy. We pray that Sharon and his Kadima party reverse it's policies of forced secularization of the State of Israel. We pray that Sharon and his comrades recognize the
G-d of Israel and have the courage to divorce themselves from corruption and endless scandal.

Let us remember what we say every morning in our daily prayers, "And you who cling to Hashem your G-d, you are alive, all of you today. For your salvation do I yearn, Hashem."

May Mr. Sharon have these words in his heart and may the G-d of Israel heal him speedily so that he may return to his heritage..
#1 Fern Sidman on 2006-02-05 11:50
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