It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

19 April 2010

Yom HaZikaron 5770

Today is Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance to honor the men and women who have fought and died for the survival of the Nation of Israel. Wars of choice are not a luxury in Israel. Her army is not made of volunteers. They are conscripted. If they had their choice they would be in college, walking the beaches with their sweethearts, traveling the world. They would be artists, doctors, social workers, industrialists, scientists. Instead, at the age of 18, when they are really nothing more than boys and girls, they begin their compulsory service in the Israel Defense Forces, the Zahal. Service is 3 years for men, 2 years for women.

Before they go to college or begin their lives the way we do, many have had to go into battle, kill, see their friends killed, or have been cut down in the prime of their lives because Israel lives in a neighborhood where, when the neighbors say they want peace, they mean they want every Jew in Israel dead. They fight and they die for Eretz Yisrael not because they want to do so; only an idiot and a fool glorifies war and longs to fight and kill. They fight because the rockets are falling on their homes, on their friends and families. They fight in wars not half a world away, but in their backyards. They fight in wars they cannot lose because there is nowhere else to go.

So today we remember them all, and their families, who pay the ultimate price for peace.

Chazak v'baruch l'kulam.


seattlegal said...

Hi Stu... footsoldier was asking whether or not I had heard from you lately so I thought I'd get in touch. It's been awhile.

Your thoughts about Jewish young people and the army... powerful and so right on. Not many think of that. The lives given and taken for peace.

I have had so many varied feelings about this administrations dismantling of our support of and friendship with Israel. It is so stunningly unbelievable. I wanted to share a comment I found on another site that went something along these lines: "This administration may no longer want Israel as a friend but the American people feel differently. We pray for our friends in Israel every day and support their struggle for peace and independence. " I strongly agree.

You've got my e-mail. Would love to hear from you. Take care


Swannie said...

It is one of the tragic ironies of Gaza that Gush Katif has once again become a wasteland. The IDF had systematically torn down the homes built by the settlers — a policy designed at least in part to ameliorate the negative psychological impact of rewarding Palestinians for their intransigence.

After the withdrawal, the Palestinian leadership ordered the destruction of every vestige of things Jewish, including the hothouses and communal buildings and businesses and once-verdant fields that could have been used to their people’s economic advantage. They have taken back the place the hated Israelis had made fertile, the barren sands upon which settlers had carved idyllic villages.

Regardless of their feelings about Gush Katif, most Israelis know that the Arabs would rather focus world sympathy on Gaza as a cesspool in which their brethren have been forced to wallow. The billions of foreign dollars that could have created a Mediterranean homeland have been squandered.

great article from the Baltimore Jewish Times