Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Political Rabbis

I just read an interesting article. A group of Rabbis got together and said the kabbalistic prayer asking for the angel of death to take sharon away. Firstly, how come I never learned that one?? What was the point of 20 years in yeshiva if they dont teach you the important stuff. I wish knew that one when the rabbi took my radio, when the rabbi took my books, when the rabbi took my CDs, when the rabbi forced me to sit in his office for hours so he could talk to me, when the rabbi laughed and told me i was suspended, when....ok, so I'm a bit bitter. Point being, I never heard of this prayer. I wonder if Madonna learned it yet. That just wouldnt be fair, if she learned that kind of stuff before me. Secondly, how did they determine he deserved death? Do they say that prayer on all people who break Shabbat, are gay, practice witchcraft, etc?
Heres another thing that bothers me. I remember learning in History Class about King Henry VIII, who wanted to divorce his wife, but the pope wouldnt let. So he made a new pope who allowed him to get divorced. I feel Rabbis in government do the same thing. Instead of asking the Rabbi if something is allowed, they tell him what they are doing, and tell him to make it permissible. When Rabbis disagree with government policy, they threaten to close down their schools. If a Rabbi feels that disengagement is forbidden halachically, he has an obligation to announce that people cant take part. People dont have to listen, but he cant sit by and allow people to break halacha.


Blogger Veev said...

You are completely nuts. And I love you!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Ummm...the reason you never learned it is because it never existed. The gemara talks about how one of the prophets (can't remember his name right now) found out about this heavenly damnation and used it one some-one. Because he had no authority to do so, and because it doesn't exist in the physical world, he received 60 lashes on a spiritual level. It's a fictional curse. At least, that's what Rabbi Metzger says.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definetly a good argument. Something to think about.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Ittay said...

The "pulsa denura" was said outside the house of Rabin on many Fridays and look where that led. Those who delve into the depth of Kabbala may find such curses, but putting them on anyone, especially our elected leaders, will lead to a world where theses crazies are much less likley to have the freedom to be as nuts as they are now.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

But, this curse didn't come from the Kabbala. It came from nowhere. The pulsa denura did not kill Rabin. The psycho that took it literally did. That's why doing something like this is so dangerous. Not, b/c of the curse itself, but b/c of the nutsos that take it literally.

7:47 PM  

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