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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 

It's reprehensible if Haredis won't participate in Holocaust Memorial and Independence Day

Tzvi Fishman's addressed Haredi isolationists who won't take part in Israel's national memorial and celebration days:
Circulating the web in Israel is a video of an ultra-haredi journalist explaining in Hebrew why the haredi community doesn’t stand in respect when sirens are sounded throughout Israel on Holocaust Memorial Day and on Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers, and why they don’t celebrate Israel Independence Day.

The journalist states: “The haredim do not identify with Zionist ideology. We do not celebrate the independence of the State of Israel, nor mourn for the soldiers who fell on its behalf. We believe that observing the Torah is what safeguards the Jewish People.”

First of all, it is true that Hashem promises that the national observance of Torah safeguards the Jewish People. But the way Hashem does this is via the armies of Israel. From the time of Moses, Joshua, and King David, through the days of Mordechai, Yehuda the Maccabee, and Rabbi Akiva, the fighters of Israel have risked their lives in battling the enemies of the Jewish People.

Today, the holy task of defending the Jewish People is entrusted to the Israel Defense Forces, may Hashem watch over them. The Gemara states, “War is also the beginning of Redemption,” (Megilla 17B). In our daily prayers, we refer to Hashem as, “Master of wars.” Mashiach, may he come soon, will lead the armies of Israel against all of its enemies, (Rambam, Laws of Kings and Their Wars, 11:4). The Torah itself cites a dozen commandments incumbent on Israel’s armed forces.

The assertion that, “The Torah will safeguard the Jewish People” is a hollow claim. The Torah didn’t safeguard the holy communities in Jerusalem and Hevron during the Arab Pogrom of 1929, nor did it save the pious communities in Europe from Nazi bullets and crematories. If not for the IDF, the haredi neighborhoods in Mea Shearim and Bnei Brak would last about five minutes.

The haredi journalist continues: “The haredi narrative is not the Zionist narrative. Therefore, we have no reason to be joyous on Israel Independence Day, and we have no reason to mourn on Memorial Day.”

Our Sages have taught that someone who separates himself from the general community and doesn’t participate in its joys and sorrows, separates himself from the Nation and has no place in the World to Come.

The anti-Zionists among the haredim maintain that everything is in the hands of G-d, except the establishment of the State of Israel and the last 100 years of Jewish History – that’s all the work of the Satan.

Heaven help us for this total distortion of Judaism.
That's what's sad about the Haredi isolationists and other corrupt sources - they twist and falsify info about the Torah all to suit their distorted view of realism, and practically separate Zionism from any history to justify their demented views to boot. It's utterly atrocious how they've indoctrinated so many minds for the sake of their twisted view of the world, one which selectively disregards anybody they disagree with to suit their own narrative.

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