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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Kassam and the Yassam

The verse in Ha'azinu states:

מִחוּץ, תְּשַׁכֶּל-חֶרֶב, וּמֵחֲדָרִים, אֵימָה; גַּם-בָּחוּר, גַּם-בְּתוּלָה--יוֹנֵק, עִם-אִישׁ שֵׂיבָה.

Without shall the sword bereave, and in the chambers terror; ...both young man and virgin, the suckling with the man of gray hairs.

מִחוּץ, תְּשַׁכֶּל-חֶרֶב(Without shall the sword bereave) can apply to the Kassam missiles sent from Palestinian villages.

וּמֵחֲדָרִים, אֵימָה(and in the chambers terror) can apply to the Yassam policemen, who are planning to grab Gush Katif residents from within their own chambers to expel them from the area.

גַּם-בָּחוּר, גַּם-בְּתוּלָה(both young man and virgin) can apply to the boys and girls who are going to the synagogues tonight:

It was similarly resolved - in some circles - that at 8 PM tonight, the visiting youths should come to the central synagogue complex. Other reports are that the youths should assemble earlier. The boys are to gather in the Ashkenazi shul, and the girls - including close to 1,000 high school girls who have gathered over the past few weeks in the local ulpanah (religious girls' high school) - will be in the Sephardic synagogue. The stated purpose is to show a united front, and to protect the synagogues.
יוֹנֵק, עִם-אִישׁ שֵׂיבָה(the suckling with the man of gray hairs) can apply to the babies

Two babies have been born in Gush Katif in the past three days - one as his mother was on her way out of Netzarim, and another one in Ganei Tal last night.

and the elderly (video by Shlomo Wollins of

But we know, that after Ha'azinu (which many of us read on Tish'a Be'av) comes Vezot Haberacha, where it states:

וַיְהִי בִישֻׁרוּן, מֶלֶךְ, בְּהִתְאַסֵּף רָאשֵׁי עָם, יַחַד שִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
And there was a king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.

With Hashem's help, it won't be long.


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