Et tu, Eitan?

In an interview with Arutz-7, Michael Eitan was asked whether he is the same Michael Eitan he was when he stood in the opposition. His answer: No.

Eitan’s “desertion” of the nationalist camp is particularly painful to the right-wingers, since he had been the one who headed the lobby for Eretz Yisrael when he was in the opposition government. It is well remembered how Eitan had spent time a great deal of time in Hebron to identify with the settlers, and now here he is adopting the Oslo agreement. Yes, his may be the unkindest cut of all…

We’re shocked at all those who are shocked. How well we remember how Eitan, of all people, made the comparison between the Nuremberg laws and the law Rabbi Kahane presented in the Knesset, which had been copied verbatim from the Rambam. Unfortunately, it didn’t bother anybody then, as everyone continued to consider him a staunch backer and “loyal supporter for Eretz Yisrael.” Nor did it bother anyone when he called a Jewish youth a “Khomeinist” for his nationalist views combined with his skullcap. In the end, it was only political expediency which caused Eitan to join the nationalist camp. For nationalism cut off from religion, (and all the moreso against religion) is but an empty vessel. And so, when Mickey Eitan feels it politically convenient to do so, he cold-heatedly abandons ship.

Darka Shel Torah: Politics Or Halacha?

Question: From time to time, the people who distribute our hard copies of”Darka Shel Torah” in shuls run into problems when certain shuls give them a hard time giving the parsha sheets out. This is nothing new, and the real reasons for this are known to us all. The problem is that those who oppose the distribution of the parsha sheets usually prefer to justify themselves with all kinds of self-righteous claims. The most common one is that our sheet is “political”, so to speak. What is the answer to such an arguement?

Answer: First of all, the hypocricy of such a statement must be pointed out. If someone would rise up and oppose the distribution of ALL the different parsha sheets because of “politics” – then we can understand it. But one who makes this claim only against “Darka Shel Torah” is doing so to cover his true intentions, which is to silence the ideas that appear on the sheet. Does there exist a parsha sheet that is distributed in shuls that DOES NOT deal with day to day matters? Naturally, all the parsha sheets deal with worldy matters on the political agenda. What does one expect? That the Torah should be sterile and cut off from reality? Does one expect a Torah of nice “vorts” which have no relevance to the real world?

Torah is not politics. The wars of the Jewish People are not politics. The cultural war taking place in Israel today is not politics. The problem of the “territories” is not politics. G-d forbid! All this is Torah and Halacha and these subjects are of prime importance! We have no business with politics. Every word that appears on our parsha sheet is based on the sources and on the halacha. And we invite anyone who has a question to write us, and we will answer it privately or in this column.

Finally, what a topsy-turvy world it is! We are the LAST ones who should be accused of being “political”. After all, Rabbi Kahane, HY”D, and his students were tossed out of the political arena years ago. So obviously we have no political interests, other than circulating the ideas in the parsha sheet. So if someone is worried about politics, let him turn to those who are playing the political game.

On Whom To Vote For: Choose Life

Question: For quite a while you have been preaching that there is no significant difference between Labor and Likud, as proven by their past records while in power, as well as their campaign promises this time around. But what you fail to tell us is – who SHOULD one vote for?

Answer: Our major goal is to bring forth the genuine Jewish truth, the Jewish idea – to the people. Not just part of the message, and not just a”realistic” part of the message, so to speak. Nor do we just convey ideas that the people will always grasp immediately upon hearing them. We are not politicians who have to try to show a pretty face before the public. And so we repeat that the elections for Prime Minister is a race between siamese twins. It is crucial to us that the people understand the painful truth that the Jewish truth was banned from participating in these elections, deeming these elections obscene from the very start. And part of the painful truthis that those who engineered the banning of Rabbi Kahane was not the left, but rather that “great hope” – the Likud!

As requested by many, we will bring the words of Rabbi Kahane, HY”D, exactly as he said them immediately after he was banned in 1988. The Rav said tha the is not a “guru”, and he doesn’t give orders to “Chaseedim” (followers)how to vote. In any case, he RECOMMENDED putting an empty white slip into the ballot box, and for those who want to vote for someone, he suggested, ANYTHING BUT LIKUD!

And let us add something else for those who want to vote for the Knesset. There is a party, a bit obscure, called “Israel’s Right”, which is a religious party with some good Jews in it. The very fact that the “Meretz”party tried to ban it for being “racist” is a reason to identify with it. Its chances for success is not what interests us.

In any case, we must not despair. The salvation will not sprout from theKnesset ANYWAY, and we must start internalizing this fact. The alternative will come outside that den of clowns, and it will overrun it. The salvation will come from those who do not peacefully accept the fact that the truth was banned, and life just goes on.

THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE. And it won’t come from the Knesset, or anywhere near it…

These Are Not Elections!

Never were elections in the State of Israel more insignificant than the elections that are about to be held on May 29. Indeed, as per usual and true to political form, the two major parties tell voters that these elections are a matter of paramount importance, a matter of life and death. How they lie!! The fact is, there will be no elections this time around. Oh, there will be voting booths and ballots and all other formalities of an election. For sure. But there will not be elections. For the entire concept of the word “elections” means that people “elect” or choose between two ideas or two points of view. In the upcoming elections, this choice does not exist. What it boils down to is two people selling us the same merchandise

Pay attention. While this one talks about “securing peace”, the other speaks of a “peace with security”. While one boldly declares that he will crush the terror, proclaiming: “Shalom with Netanyahu”, the other one, who masterminded the “Shalom” in the first place, declares now: “Israel is strong with Peres”. In short, one babbles about “peace and security” while the other blabbers about “security and peace”, and it gets kind of difficult to know who is who.

The reality is quite simple. While both sides have shouted empty slogans and promises how they will bring the peace and security, they have succeeded in bringing us one thing only: Terror, terror, and more terror.

Let us remember. Four years ago when the Likud was in power and Arab terror was in full swing , Labor promised in their election campaign that they will “take Gaza out of Tel Aviv” – that is, they will uproot the terror. The Israeli electorate bought it and the rest of the story we already know. And today? The same thing, only the sides topsy-turvied! Each one copies the other’s propaganda material from the election year before! If last time side A said they “will take out Gaza from Tel Aviv”, this time side B says “we will crush the terror”. If last time around side A said “corrupt and wretched”, this time side B says, “corrupt and a failure”..

O, they really think we are morons?! Maybe they’re right?!

When it comes down to it, neither Labor nor Likud is willing to adopt the only solution to Arab terror: The uprooting of the Arab enemy amongst us, as the Torah states, “and you shall drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you”. Both parties use the same tired slogans and promise the same garbage. What are the results? Terror and spilled Jewish blood! The Torah already promised this when it said: “but if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you – than those whom you allow to remain shall be as thorns in your eyes and thickets in your sides and they will distress you in the land wherein you dwell!” Can there be anything more explicit than that?!

It is vitally important to stress this today, when so many people, out of stupidity or out of a desperate need to hang onto illusions, put their heart and soul into returning Likud to power. It isn’t that they forgot – they simply do not want to remember who it was who paved the primrose path to Oslo via Madrid, and who brought upon us the tragedy called autonomy, and whose lack of action turned Israel into a State of Terror.

On the 29th of May, elections will be held between these Siamese twins, at a time when the only one offering a solution will not be allowed to participate in the elections to let the people choose. Because the corrupt “democrats” from above are afraid of you. They are afraid to let you decide for yourselves what is good for you. Because they know that if that way wasable to run in the elections, it would win a huge victory.

The only way is the way of Rabbi Meir Kahane, HY”D, which was “banned” by theKnesset and Supreme Court. But it did not disappear. It lives on. And in the end it will win, because it has to win. It will not disappear because it cannot disappear. Kahane or Arafat. That is the real choice standing before every voter in Israel.

On Assassinations and Attempted Assassinations

The murder of Yizchak Rabin has left so many Jews confused. I am not talking about the self-righteous Israeli media, who, ad nauseam, toil to create a nationwide atmosphere that doesn’t exist.

Anyone who lives amongst his people knows that such a thing was brewing in the guts of so many people, as more and more Jews without any link to one another saw it as perhaps the last and only chance to do “something”. No one is happy about it, but when a people are driven to desperation by seeing this evil regime remove the ground from beneath them, establishing fact after fact without a willingness to heed any logic and remain totally oblivious to public opinion – all this pointed to the fact that such a thing was more and more likely to occur.

I do not think that now is time to discuss how one should relate to such an event. I also won’t play into the hands of the evil and corrupt Israeli authorities whose leader has left this world, and who, like wild animals, hunt down prey with an uninhibited lust for vengeance which knows no bounds. In this discussion I will only raise a few points for all those confused Jews who do not know how to deal with this new situation.

Yizchak Rabin was a man who brought the Jewish People to the verge of national tragedy which we have not yet seen in our history. Yizchak Rabin and his policies brought death to many, many Jewish homes, and the slogan “Rabin the murderer” is a correct one, no matter how much the left protests and screams. For sure, love of Jews is a lofty concept, and the hope that Rabin would do “Tshuva” is fine. But when a leader holds an entire country hostage, is it the time to throw around slogans, or is it the time to act more forcefully?

What caused Yigal Amir, a third year law student, Yeshiva scholar and outstanding Golani soldier to give all that up and take upon himself such a mission? What caused him to stand with such incredible cool-headedness across from the Prime Minister of Israel and shoot him? Was it some momentary hysteria? And what caused so many people, and I dare say thousands, to bring up the idea in so many discussions? Does not such a widespread gut feeling tell us something? Did Yigal Amir take upon himself the definition, “The zealots strike him”?

And finally, according to the non-Jewish calendar, (which perhaps has no signifance for us anyway), Yizchak Rabin was killed exactly five years after my father. How ironic. Do you remember the reaction of the left when my father was murdered? These self-righteous hypocrites danced on his blood. The Israeli Government officially ignored it. It was pleased to see the troublemaker go.

My father’s murder was also two years after the same Likud-Labor government, out of fear that he would cop seats from them, banned my father from running for Knesset. Such an act disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Jews, negating from them their basic democratic right to vote. It closed the door in the face of the most excitable and enthusiastic sector of the population, and it left them little choice. Did it not enter their bolshevik minds that one out of all these people MIGHT do something out of desperation when no other alternative was left to?

In one of his books, my father writes about the first murder attempt against him. The year was 1976, and the Shin Bet warned him to stop his actions, andif not, they would “take care of him”. My father did not stop, and on the17th of Tamuz, 1976, there was an attempt to assassinate him. Only a miracle saved him. Who was Prime Minister then? You got it. Yizchak Rabin.

Many say that such is an appropriate ending for a traitor. Is this true? Is this the way? I leave the question open and as food for thought after putting before you some of my own thoughts. There is much more that must be said, and with G-d’s help we will continue at another time. Firmly and carefully. We will not play into the hands of the authorities who are looking for easy prey.

Shavuot: Shavuot and the Cultural War

The key question regarding the Holiday of Shavuot today is: Do we simply look at this holiday as the commemoration of an event that occurred 3,000 years ago, or is it perhaps something more?

On Passover, we say “that in each and every generation, one must see himself as if he left Egypt!” That is, though the original event itself took place thousands of years ago, every Jew is obligated to feel that he himself left Egypt. If such is the case regarding Passover, all the more so regarding the Torah itself, for which the sages say that “each and every day, it shall be in your eyes as something new”. The Torah is not some antiquated burden we must carry on our backs, adjusting it “somehow” to today’s reality. No. Torah was given today and for today. Yes, it was actually given today, for this very moment!

One who sincerely wishes to receive Torah today and in its entirety, will find himself in the midst of a brutal cultural war. For in this generation more than any other, Jews are trying to prevent us from receiving Torah! What do we mean?

Lost in the muddle of all the campaign hoopla was a very significant event that dwarfs all others in importance. We are speaking of the declaration by the head of the Supreme Court of jesters, Aharon Barak, that any party which calls for changing the existing gentile laws of the state to Jewish law, is liable to be disqualified from running in the elections for the Knesset. (This declaration was made during a court decision concerning “Israel’s Right” party following a proposal by an Arab that the party be banned.)

In other words, any party whose platform includes the changing of Israel from a state of Jews to a Jewish State by making the Jewish halacha the law of the land instead of the present mixed multitude of British, Turkish, French and Swedish laws – any such party is liable to find itself tabooed! And all this despite the fact that one attempts to make such changes by attaining a majority in the Knesset! Even this is forbidden. Why? Because Jewish law “contradicts the fundamental concepts of democracy and equality” since it discriminates between men and women, Jew and non-Jew, and is therefore “racist”.

There is nothing new under the sun. This process began in 1988 when Rabbi Kahane was banned, since his platform included “racist” and “anti-democratic” halachot from the Torah. In 1992, the list was banned again for presenting the Tanach as its platform. In the appeal to the Supreme Court, endless sources from the Talmud and from the rabbis were brought down. The court determined that the sources brought down only strengthen the reason for disqualification!

When this occurred, we declared that the Torah was banned, and this matter will not end here with Rabbi Kahane and his students. And it did not. In systematic fashion, the Supreme Court has succeeded in delegitimizing any motion that would aspire to change the direction of Israel to that of a Jewish state. Due to Aharon Barak’s revolutionary legislation, the Supreme Court today can even ban religious laws (as long as a kosher majority is attained). There is no doubt that a change in the “undemocratic” marital and divorce laws is only around the corner. Afterwards, the “discriminatory” Law of Return will come under fire.

The “Racist Bill” whose entire reason for being is to negate the Torah is an established fact, and it is what sent Rabbi Ido Elba to prison for two years for a halachic essay that he wrote. Rabbis sitting in jail is a fact we have already gotten used to – Rabbi Levinger and Rabbi Ginzberg are just two of the more prominent examples.

Who Is Guilty?

The Torah world which kept silent when Rabbi Kahane was banned is the guilty party. Guilty are those who were silent when Rabbi Elba was arrested, and are quiet today when one of the great men of self-sacrifice in this generation, Rabbi Levinger, sits in jail. Let there be no mistake: This is a war waged against the Torah world, and no one else will fight our battles. He who sits by quietly can not complain when his turn comes up. And it will come up.

Aharon Barak knows exactly what his goals are. The religious parties return some fire in the battle, but they have much more important things on their minds. They are preparing themselves for a return to their rightful places near the jackpot – awaiting the funds that will flow to them if they play their cards right. Only the Torah which they supposedly represent will remain discarded and nonfunctional. For day by day the Torah is being cut up. A halacha today, another tomorrow, until eventually they will officially stamp “censured” on the entire Torah!

Shavuot is the holiday that celebrates the giving of all of the Torah, without “forfeiting” on the halachot that sent Rabbi Elba to prison, or banned Rabbi Kahane and his students, or turned Jewish law in this country into something in dispute. Receiving Torah can sometimes be a struggle. “Right”, “left” and all the rest is not where the battle lies. Even if the Likud wins the elections, they have made it quite clear that what was, will continue to be. Thus, the conclusion is that the real war standing before us is not between “right” and “left”, but rather between the Hellenists and the Jews.

“CHOOSE LIFE”

Question: For quite a while you have been preaching that there is no significant difference between Labor and Likud, as proven by their past records while in power, as well as their campaign messages this time around. But what you fail to tell us is – who SHOULD one vote for?

Answer: Our major goal is to bring forth the genuine Jewish Truth, the Jewish Idea – to the people. Not just a portion of the message, and not just a “realistic” part of the message, so to speak. Nor do we just convey ideas that the people will always grasp immediately upon hearing them. We are not politicians who have to try to show a pretty face before the public. And so we repeat that the election for Prime Minister is a race between Siamese twins. It is crucial to us that the people understand the painful truth that the Jewish truth was banned from participating in these elections, deeming these elections obscene from the very start. And part of the painful truth is that those who engineered the banning of Rabbi Kahane was not the left, but rather that “great hope” – the Likud!

As requested by many, we will bring the words of Rabbi Kahane, (May God Avenge His Blood), exactly as he said them immediately after he was banned in 1988. The Rav said that he is not a “guru”, and he doesn’t give orders to “Chassidim” (followers) how to vote. In any case, he RECOMMENDED putting an empty white slip into the ballot box, and for those who want to vote for someone, he suggested: Anything but Likud!

And let us add something else for those who want to vote for the Knesset. There is a party, a bit obscure, called “Israel’s Right”, which is a religious party with some good Jews in it. The very fact that the “Meretz” party tried to ban it for being “racist” is reason enough to identify with it. Its chances for success are not what interests us.

In any case, we must not despair. The salvation will not sprout from the Knesset ANYWAY, and we must start internalizing this fact. The alternative will come from outside that den of clowns, and it will overwhelm it. The salvation will come from those who do not nonchalantly accept the fact that the truth was banned, and life just goes on.

There is an alternative. And it won’t come from the Knesset, or anywhere near it…

Rabbi Kahane vs. Lenny Brener

Rabbi Kahane debating Lenny Brenner

Rabbi Kahane on Banning from Knesset

Rabbi Kahane gives a speech about his expulsion from Knesset, criticizing the cowardice and narrow-mindedness of the those that banned him.

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