Sunday, May 13, 2007

Jewish Laws Transgressed Today


Shemot 34: "Observe what I command you this day, Behold I drive I out .. less you make a covenant with the nations I drive out.. less it be a snare in your midst. Abarbanel: "For having taken their land, they will seek arms with Israel. That is why the verse states you have come upon the land - they have been "robbed" of it. So how will they observe a covenant of Love. Just the opposite, they will be a snare in your midst, and when there will be a war against you, they will join your enemies. Sheer Logic our leaders are ignorant of.

Halacha: When Joshua went into the land he gave them 3 options 1) Evacuate 2) Peace = Surrender - clear conditions of Tribute and Servitude. Both must be acceptable or there is war. (Sifri & Rambam: Melachim 6:1, 4:1). Servitude means they shall be humble and low and not raise their head in Israel, rather be subject under us and never be appointed any position over Jews. 3) War. These 3 conditions apply even for a voluntary war.

Of course this does not mean to mistreat them in Israel. Not only, but we are even obliged to provide them all personal rights. Certainly do not mix this up with Political rights.

In Joshua , in the midst of crossing the Jordan - a frightening experience & sight 12 X 12 miles of standing water - Joshua stopped to speak. Not for Jewish Law of Shabbat Kashrut etc, but to say the following "Know why you are crossing the Jordan, in order that you drive out the inhabitants. If you do this it shall be good. If not the waters shall come and inundate you". If not, they would be driven out of the land.

Bamidbar 33: "And you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the Land from before you. But if not, it shall come to pass that those which you've left remained of them shall be thorns in your eyes and thistles in your sides and shall torment you in the land that you dwell. It shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them. Rashi : "You shall drive out the inhabitants and then you shall inherit it, then you shall exist in it and if you do not you will not be able to exist in it". Sforno: "When you shall eliminate the inhabitants of the land then you shall be privileged to inherit the land and pass it down onto your children. But if you do not eliminate them, even though you will conquer the land, you will not hand it down to your children. Or Hachaim: "Not only will they hold that part of the land that you did not possess but even concerning that part of which you did possess and settle in, they will distress you and say rise and get out"

Mitzvah: To Hate Evil
The Jew has a difficult time in hating evil and hence practicing this part of Judaism. This too is a mitzvah no less than practicing kindness, yet our society has really warped our sense of truth beyond the apparent. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons G_d is bringing our enemies to such violence to arouse our sense of exercising the truth to hate evil.
The Final Law: Shulchan Aruch
The Shulchan Aruch states any "Acum" = Non Jew is not allowed to own land in Eretz Yisrael. We all know the Shulchan Aruch only brings down laws that are applicable to our times. Sacrifices and the like are all excluded.

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