Israel Report

June 2003         

Israel's 9-11

by Rabbi Ben Tzion Krasnianski - June 2, 2003
It happened on Sunday, May 25th. The Jewish people watched in horror as a group of Israeli politicians crashed into the symbol of the Jewish people and Jewish culture and civilization, our Twin Towers. It was a brazen and audacious frontal attack catching us off guard. We stared in horror as these Jews brazenly attacked and destroyed in just six hours of heated debate, the Two Tablets representing the Torah, the universal symbol of the eternal and mutual relationship between G-d and his Torah, the Jew and Torah, the Jew and G-d, and the Jew and Israel. The acceptance of the Road Map was a spiritual suicide attack aimed at the heart and soul of the Jewish people.

For the first time in 3800 years, Jews have exiled themselves, publicly denying their right to the Land of Israel. Six billion Gentiles watched, some in dismay and some with undisguised glee, as Jews lynched Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sara, Rivkah, Rochel and Leah. The beating was merciless and continued with ever increasing cruelty. On May 26th, the Prime Minister upped the ante by repeating four times, slowing down for emphasis, that the Jewish people have historically, illegally and immorally occupied the Land of Israel. The cabinet voted to reduce the Torah to the dustbin of history, inviting the Europeans, the Russians, the Arabs and the Americans to the summit at Aqaba to witness the bonfire.

In the aftermath of 5-25, although more than a week has gone by, Jews around the world are still walking around in a daze, in a state of shock, many can't sleep at night. They are mourning, wondering whether they should tear Keriah or light a yahrzeit candle. It's still hard to digest, but it's official, the Jewish State of Israel died on Sunday, May 25th. The death was merciless. They took the Jewish soul and cruelly tortured it and murdered it, closing their ears to its heart-rendering cries for mercy.

What's even more unbearable is that not a single cabinet member resigned or had the courage of his conviction to give up his Volvo. At the same time, tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews organized huge protests and international letter writing campaigns, no, not to protest against the greatest desecration of G-d's name in Jewish history, but against cuts in the budget. Major rabbinic and Jewish organizations, who are legends in their own mind, went about their business as usual, with their regional conferences, without registering even a whisper, not even a murmur of protest against the historical event of 5-25, maintaining Job's thundering silence.

The good news is that if we still have the ability to be stunned and shocked, than we are not dead yet.

It's hard to get angry, because it's obvious that these Jews are unhinged, are stark mad. They're nebach toit meshuga. Could you reason with someone who went stark crazy? Apparently, the relentless pressure of living in a non-Jewish and hostile world became too much to bear and they simply snapped. Perhaps it's Hashem's fault. After two thousand years of wife abuse and child abuse, of merciless torture, pogroms and Holocausts and tearing away the last genuine Jewish leader from our midst, what does he expect? Does he truly expect Jews to be normal?

It's hard to say which is worse, 5-25, or the sin of the Golden Calf. There are no words in the human language that could begin to describe the treachery and betrayal of 5-25. There's no way to minimize the magnitude of the tragedy or to pretend that what happened on 5-25 is anything less than the roadmap to Auschwitz. Our great hero, the Prime Minister, has willingly boarded the train and is trying to convince himself and others to trust our lives with the Arabs and the Arabist State Department.

When a Jew is unhinged it has a trickle effect on the whole world. The United States has just spent 100 billion dollars taking out a terrorist state, and, incredibly, it is now directing all of its resources to set up another one. President George W. Bush has caught the bug, the megalomania strain; his miraculous successes have gotten to his head. He truly believes that he will succeed where everyone else has failed. On the foolish urging of a few of his advisers, he is willing to put his hard-earned prestige behind this fool's quest.

What his advisors forgot to mention to him was that for the past 3800 years anyone who tried to obstruct Jewish destiny has found himself on the wrong side of history. Politicians should bear in mind that the Road Map has one clear destination; it is the Road Map to their personal political oblivion.

One immediate consequence of a Jew becoming unhinged is that it causes the Arabs to become even more unhinged. The architects of Oslo are responsible for introducing to the world the phenomenon of suicide bombers. Why, even the Nazis didn't blow themselves up. One could only shudder to think what kind of new human plagues Israel's acceptance of the Road Map will unleash on the world. Who knows how many untold innocent people both in Israel and in the USA are going to pay the price for the self-destructive lunacy of 5-25.

The Good News

G-d created the world to be evenly balanced. Every minus is balanced by a positive. At the moment of the Jew's greatest betrayal and treachery, during the sin of the Golden Calf, the Jewish people also experienced their greatest and most exalted moment, ever. It was the first and last time that a human being, Moshe Rabbeinu, went up to heaven to receive the Torah. At precisely the very moment that the Jew reached his nadir, at that very same moment the Jew also experienced his highest peak.

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 97:1) discusses the coming of Moshiach, quoting the verse in the Torah (Leviticus 13:13): “All of it has turned white, it is pure.” The Torah says that if a person's skin turns white he is impure, but if he turns all white, then he is pure. Rabbi Yitzchak states that this comes to teach us: The son of David will not come until the entire kingdom has turned to heresy. Now that the right wing in Israel has officially and shamelessly adopted the most radical fringe, extreme left wing ideology as their very own policy, we know with certainty that Moshiach is a heartbeat away.

Now that the Jew has reached his lowest point ever, experiencing his most degrading moment yet and the unthinkable has come to pass, we know with certainty that the biggest breakthrough in our history is imminent. It only affirms the repeated pronouncement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Mencahem Mendel Schnneerson, ztz"l, that we are living on the threshold of the highest peak in Jewish history. At any moment, Moshiach, our righteous one, will literally walk through the door, take charge in Israel and usher in the dawn of our redemption. The Jewish sun will shine in all its glory, brilliantly illuminating the bitter and palpable darkness that has engulfed us. Jewish pride and dignity will resurface and emerge in its full splendor, as the Torah, the Jew and G-d will totally triumph in the whole of Eretz Yisroel.

Rabbi Krasnianski is the Director of Chabad of the Upper East Side, New York. He can be reached at

Source: Arutz Sheva

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