Sunday, July 22, 2007

Faithful City - ע֣יר נאמנה


The Haftorah for Parshas Devarim is taken from Sefer Yishayahu wherein we find the following passage:


"שר֣יך סורר֗ים וחברי֙ גנב֔ים כלו֙ אה֣ב ש֔חד ורד֖ף שלמנ֑ים יתום֙ ל֣א ישפ֔טו ור֥יב אלמנ֖ה לא־יב֥וא אליהם"

“Your rulers are rogues and cronies of thieves, every one avid for presents and greedy for gifts; they do not judge the case of the orphan, and the widow's cause never reaches them.”

Sadly this cry of moral outrage is still applicable. Knesset members are being tried in court, numerous MK's are under police investigation, and the leader of the pack has decided to release 250 Arab terrorists. Allegedly none of those released have “blood on their hands”… I don’t think Hitler Yemach Shemo literally had any on his either, but we still appropriately place the blood upon his head for having orchestrated it all. What is the difference between that vile NAZI scum and these murderers who are being freed to bolster a “moderate”? A moderate whose doctoral thesis asserts that the Holocaust never happened and whose henchmen just weeks ago were responsible for tossing their Arab brethren off of rooftops, and killing them in the street execution style? Olmert could not give a damn about the Jewish families shattered by these murderers, for all he cares the orphaned families, and the widows could rot. He and a good chunk of those sitting holding the reigns of power within the government of Israel are greedily concerned with their own skins. Olmert, and those around him have been charged with nepotism, cronyism, and corruption yet we still allow him and them to sit there pretending to represent the Jewish people.

I for one, anticipate the day when the words of the Navi are fulfilled:

"ואש֤יבה ידי֙ על֔יך ואצר֥ף כב֖ר סיג֑יך ואס֖ירה כל־בדיליך ואש֤יבה שפט֙יך֙ כבר֣אשנ֔ה ויעצ֖יך כבתחל֑ה אחרי־כ֗ן יק֤רא לך֙ ע֣יר הצ֔דק קרי֖ה נאמנה"

I will turn My hand against you, and smelt out your dross as with lye, and remove all your slag: I will restore your magistrates as of old, and your counselors as of yore. After that you shall be called City of Righteousness, Faithful City.”

May we merit that day...

3 comments:

Rafael V. Rabinovich said...

Every year when we read the haftarah of Chazon Yeshayahu, I remember how a few years ago, in a shiur on sefer Yeshayahu, a BT who knew little of history interrupted a few minutes into the learning of b'diuk those pesukim to candidly ask: "when was this written?"

Indeed, one is left to wonder. Yeshayahu's words are sometimes even more relevant now than back when they were first written!

Mad Zionist said...

Q: What is the difference between that vile NAZI scum and these murderers who are being freed to bolster a “moderate”? A moderate whose doctoral thesis asserts that the Holocaust never happened and whose henchmen just weeks ago were responsible for tossing their Arab brethren off of rooftops, and killing them in the street execution style?

A: NONE!

Brooklyn Habiru said...

Rafael,

From my understanding that is precisely why they were included in the canon of the TaNaCh... we know that there were more than 1.2 million Neviim (Megillah 14a) - and that only those whose messages were pertinent to future generations were preserved. I surely do concur though that it is mind boggling how their exhortations have remained so pertinent despite having been penned a couple thousand years ago. May we merit Moshe Rabbeinu's reply to those who questioned Eldad's and Medad's validity to openly prophecy "ומי יתן כל עם השם נביאים כי יתן השם את רוחו עליהם" "would that all HaShem's people were prophets, that HaShem would put His spirit upon them!"

MZ,
If only it were so clear to all the deluded souls that enable these fools to come to power...