Thursday, May 26, 2005

A Dose of Dat

This week Torah portion starts off with a blessing and fades into a long curse. The blessing and curse are as I see it primarily cut into two pieces, food and war. if were good we'll have rain and the fields will grow, etc, we will live in peace, without fear, 5 of us will chase 100 of them, etc. If we're bad the opposite will happen. Nothing will grow, we will be so hungry we will eat our kids, etc, we will run from fear when no one is chasing us, we will be attacked by the sword, etc. What defines good and bad? If we walk in the stautes (Chukim) and if we guard the commandments (mitzvot). If we look around today, we are very blessed with food. Our water supply has risen to normal levels. We dont seem to have any problem with that (I dont mean individual people that are starving, I mean on a national level). In terms of peace, though, we aren't doing well. We have occasions where 5 of us chase 100 of them, but we still live in fear. Even if we dont let it take us over, it is always there. We have our moments where we run from fear, yet no one is chasing us (Think of all the times people get off a bus cuz someone dark with a bag gets on, or clearing streets because of a chefetz chasud, etc) The biggest curse in terms of peace is getting kicked out of our land (i.e. disengagement). It seems we're doing one thing right and one thing wrong. So what are these statutes and commandments? Rashi says statutes is learning Torah and commandments are following it. If thats the case, on a national level, we're not doing any of it. I read somewhere recently how Israel has a very high level of volunteers. Maybe thats it. I've stood at almost every junction in this country and people have pulled over to take me places. Rarely does a lady have to take a stroller up steps without someone helping. We are constantly helping, even when its not wanted (Sri Lanka). Perhaps one is doing the actual mitzvot, praying, learning, and the other is middot. Perhaps.

6 Comments:

Blogger menachem said...

did you know that during the civil war in sri lanka, the mossad sold patrol boats to the sri lankan government, and anti partol boat torpedoes to the sri lankan rebels?

12:33 AM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

There are some sources who say that Gaza was never part of Biblical Israel. It was lived in by the Plishtim. Also, what so we do we go by when we give back land? When David HaMelech was King, Israel extended to Iraq. Slippery slope when you claim to know when we are being punished and when we're not. Not really supposed to do that. We don't have peace now, and teh disengagement won't make it any worse or better. The thing to look at and try to ensure first is that we have peace b/t each-other, and that really aint looking too hot right now.
-OC

4:51 PM  
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8:14 PM  
Blogger TRW said...

I like that. Hmmm...thinking...

5:07 AM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

FYI, you only have to nifnaf on the square or rectangle grills. If you buy even a cheap round one, no fanning required.
-OC

12:14 PM  
Blogger EN said...

Interesting chiddush.

1:24 AM  

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