June, 2010 Archives

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Jun

Our Soldiers Speak

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Reflections & Observations

Dear Friends of Our Soldiers Speak, Friends of Israel and Supporters of Truth,

I trust this email finds you well, but somewhat uneasy as a result of yesterday’s headlines.

Many of you will be aware of the media bombardment that is once again striking at the heart of Israel and her right to defend herself, her citizens, her borders and her ports.

As is to be expected, the media is disseminating only one view point; that of the instigators of this latest controversy – the passengers, crew and financiers of the innocuously, but erroneously termed ‘Gaza Flotilla.’

The false and dishonest reports are already gaining ground – namely that peace-seeking passengers were immediately assaulted by Israeli commandos in an act of unprovoked aggression.

It is upon us to refute this claim based on evidence and a visual representation of the truth. We must do so without delay, before it takes root.

Those of you who were gracious enough to attend my seminars will recall my repeated emphasis of the responsibility and ability that we all have to use the tools we possess in order to defend the names and honour of the soldiers of the IDF.

You will recall that I have stated on countless occasions that though the IDF works to bring balance and honesty to nullify allegations, their efforts are quashed by a media machine that has no interest in reporting Israel’s true version of events.

All who read this email will be able to play a direct role in swiftly bringing the the truth to light.

Below is a series of media clips which show what actually transpired both prior to boarding and aboard the Mavi Marmara, the ship in question. Please view them without delay.

It is clear to all, based on this footage, that those on board the ship had no interest in peaceful protest, but rather pursued controversy, violence and bloodshed.

It is undeniable, based on the evidence to hand, that an attack on the Israeli commandos was planned, orchestrated and carried out with a total disregard for consequences to soldier or civilian.

It is beyond all honest doubt that the loss of life aboard the ‘armada of hate and violence’ was a direct result of an aggressive assault launched by a group of instigators interested only in the delegitimization of Israel and the troops who have once more endangered their lives to defend us all.

Friends, please let us all be clear on these points:

• Firebombs are not the mainstay of peaceful protests.

• Stun grenades are not the hallmark of conscientious objectors.

• Violence is not the calling card of humanitarians.

• Knives are neither ploughshares, not pruning hooks.

• All were present and deployed against the IDF on the Mavi Marmara.

Please view the clips below and distribute them

to your entire email contact list.

CLIP 1: A briefing by IDF Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom instructing the commandos to show restraint during the operation. <http://rmcreate.createsend5.com/t/r/l/nijqi/iliukjdyi/r>

CLIP 2: IDF Naval Officers communicating with the Gaza Flotilla <http://rmcreate.createsend5.com/t/r/l/nijqi/iliukjdyi/y>

CLIP 3: A side view of the chaos that erupted as a result of the assault launched by the passengers. Please note that between points 0:52 and 0:54 one can clearly see the silhouette of a paintball rifle in the hand of the IDF commando – further evidence that the Israeli authorities hoped to commandeer the ship peacefully. <http://rmcreate.createsend5.com/t/r/l/nijqi/iliukjdyi/j>

CLIP 4: An overhead view of the IDF soldiers beseiged aboard the Mavi Marmara <http://rmcreate.createsend5.com/t/r/l/nijqi/iliukjdyi/t>

• Let us now abrogate ourselves of the need for the truth to be painstakingly sought out once more.

• Let us ensure that it is accessible to all who pursue it.

• Let us take upon ourselves the work that the media has refused to undertake yet again.

• Let us push back against this tide, safe in the knowledge that we do so with the truth at the very foundation of our efforts.

Such a simple act will yield immeasurable dividends.

With Heartfelt Thanks and Deepest Appreciation,

Benjamin Anthony (Sgt. Res.)

Founder, Our Soldiers Speak

email: benjamin@oursoldiersspeak.org

www.oursoldiersspeak.org <http://rmcreate.createsend5.com/t/r/l/nijqi/iliukjdyi/i>

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2
Jun

Inconsistencies Part One

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Portion of the Week, Reflections & Observations

In honor of my brother-in-law, Miguel Banet, who works so hard to keep me consistent: In his “Memoirs,” Andrei Sakaharov cites the great Polish philosopher, Leszek Kolakowski, who wrote, “Inconsistency is simply a secret awareness of the contradictions of the world, a permanent feeling of possible personal error, or if not that, then the possibility that one’s antagonist is right.” Sakharov agrees with this limitation to belief, but adds “my only quarrel is with the word ‘inconsistency,’ which I would replace with one that conveys my belief that intellectual growth and social awareness should combine dynamic self-criticisms and a set of stable values.”

Kolakowski believes that awareness of possible error leads to inconsistency. I guess that you can’t possibly write, “Towards a Marxist Humanism,” without being aware that you are inconsistent.

Life experience has proven Kolakowski’s definition of inconsistency. Talmud study supports Sakharov:

It’s not difficult to meet people who are absolutely convinced of the truth of their beliefs. Religious leaders of all faiths are quick to condemn those who disagree. I once spoke before a gathering of rabbis and quoted a Midrash which made them slightly uncomfortable. Expecting a negative reaction, I brought a copy of the text with me.

As I returned to my seat, one rabbi yelled out, “There is no such Midrash!” I offered to show the text to him and he refused to look. “It doesn’t exist.” The Midrash clearly contradicted one of his most closely held beliefs, indicated that he was in error, or at least that his antagonist, me, was right. He could not look. He, a wonderful and usually quite reasonable fellow, faced the world relying on his rock solid beliefs. He waged a fierce war against anything inconsistent with his convictions, and, I suspect, feared internal inconsistency.

I must say that I found the entire story to be ironic: This rabbi is an “expert” in the laws of interpersonal relationships, and yet his fear of inconsistency caused him to behave in a manner totally inconsistent with his teachings!

I heard a “prominent” rabbi speak at the funeral of a 40 year old man, known for his generosity, religious commitment, and incredible hours of study. He said to the man’s orphans, “Your father’s life proves that God protects people who are charitable, observant and study Torah. If you emulate him, God will grant you a long life.” I was shocked: His words directly contradicted the facts of the funeral at which he spoke. The man died at a very young age. God did not grant him a long life.

The children were dumbfounded. They were confused. The audience, however, loved it. It seemed that everyone was so fearful of any contradiction or inconsistency in their beliefs that they were incapable of thinking through what the rabbi had said.

As I said, my life experiences have proven Kolakowski’s definition of inconsistency. The Talmud is an adventure in dynamic self-criticism and respect for the opinions of those who disagree combined with stable values. The Sages of the Mishna and Talmud are unconcerned that their willingness to listen to their antagonists will lead to inconsistency. Contradictions are meant to be resolved, not feared. A different view is an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective, and will always lead to the refinement of ideas and ideals. The Mishna and Talmud are never inconsistent. They laugh at the suggestion that an honest look in the mirror may lead to inconsistency.

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Jun

The Secret to Reaching Out to People by R’ Shlomo Carlebach

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Reflections & Observations

Once during a television interview Reb Shlomo zt”l was asked what was the secret of his great success in ‘kiruv’ – in bringing so many thousands of Jews back to their roots, did he have some kind of formula? [Kiruv – is the widely used term by those doing religious outreach work. It means, bringing close.] Reb Shlomo zt”l said two things. First, he said that he doesn’t use the word ‘kiruv’ because who is to say that he is closer to G-d than the person that he connecting with – maybe this person who is seemingly less observant, is actually closer to G-d? Secondly, he said, that he does not have any formula at all. He just prays each time that Hashem should put the right words in his mouth and that these words should reach the heart. (Thank you to a very holy Jew, master of prayer, flowing well of Torah, & magnificent soul for contributing this blog)

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