I don't usually tell the ills of Jewish society on this blog. There are a myriad of other blogs for that. However, an exception should be made here. At a time when Jews who claim to represent the Torah are acting contrary to it - and this news is making its way around the world
- not just Israeli news - this is something that needs to be protested. I was disgusted by the news report, which I first saw on Rafi's blog
, and then on many other blogs, including Akiva's blog, where he confronted the extremists and drew a map of the area
. As we are all responsible for each other, this behavior must be protested to the fullest extent possible.
I am also worried about the perception of all Hareidim based on the actions of the few. Secular Israelis, who should know better, and the world at large now think that all Hareidim act this way. Haaretz, of all places, has a pretty good article
that understands that it's not all Hareidim. However, most don't make such distinctions, so the Torah and Hashem's Holy Name are being desescrated. We need to make it clear to everyone that although we are responsible for all Jews, they do NOT represent Torah. The Belzer Rebbe
and R' Aryeh Deri
have been good here in showing what is right. Update:
I'm also glad President Peres is calling for an end to incitement
against the entire Haredi community.