Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Agudah Sponsors Prayer Rally Against Disengagement reports that Agudat Yisrael is sponsoring a prayer rally at the Kotel on Wednesday, the 5th of Av. It is intended to cap off 3 days of prayers throughout Israel starting Monday morning and lasting until Wednesday evening. Wednesday (the 5th of Av) is the Hilula of the Ari Hakadosh.


At Thu Aug 04, 09:52:00 AM 2005, Blogger Yehudit Yerushalmi said...

Prayer alone is not enough, but prayer linked with actions changes the world.

At Thu Aug 04, 10:52:00 AM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Great line, and I couldn't agree more.
Agudah is telling its constituants to do what they're comfortable doing - praying.
If by actions, you mean for them to leave the government, you're probably right, but after being squeezed by Netanyahu's policies for so long, I can't blame them that much for staying in.
Kol Hakavod to Shas for leaving despite the financial pressure to stay.

BTW, nice blog so far.

At Thu Aug 04, 07:08:00 PM 2005, Blogger Rachack said...

I'm going to be in Eretz Yisroel at that time, hopefully IY"H I can go to this protets.

At Fri Aug 05, 06:57:00 AM 2005, Blogger Yehudit Yerushalmi said...

Yaak, no I don't refer to leaving the government as you describe. If Hashem is to restore the Davidic dynasty (and of course, He will) it will be with our cooperation and before that can happen, we have to win the war for Jewish hearts and minds before we can win the existential war with our many enemies. We have to remember our connection to times past and wash our own brains of assimilated norms and values which scream to us that there is no such thing as Jewish Jihad.

The exiled Jew of the shtetl had no political power, no physical strength to do more than pray for safety. The New Zionist Jew put all his faith in the strength and power of his own hands.

If we will be honest with ourselves, an integration of the two more accurately describes the heros of the Jewish people---people like Yehoshua ben Nun, Calev ben Yefuneh, David Hamelekh, Yehonatan ben Shaul, and on.

Through the cure of exile we have no more connection to these people than we do to the Temple Service itself. We are so far removed, not just in time and practice, but psychologically and experientially!

I believe that renewing our minds and hearts with these thoughts is also part of our preparation to greet Mashiach, may he be revealed before our eyes immediately and gloriously.

Shabbat shalom! Chodesh tov!

At Fri Aug 05, 07:00:00 AM 2005, Blogger Yehudit Yerushalmi said...

Correction: I meant "curse" not "cure" of exile, but how interesting that only one letter makes the difference. I never noticed that before. There must be a lesson in it. :-)

At Fri Aug 05, 09:19:00 AM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

Yehudit, I agree. See this recent post I did.


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