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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Yom Kippur Lesson for All: The Buck Stops Here, Not in the USA nor UN

Most of the Jewish World, or at least those Jews who make a point to live as Jews, has just completed twenty-five 25 hours of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar praying to G-d to forgive us for our sins and include our names in the Book of Life.

We didn't pray to the IDF, nor to Bibi, nor to Obama etc. We prayed to G-d. There's the saying that "there are no atheists in foxholes," because when up against the wall, in the most dangerous and crucial seconds, the gut reaction is to call out to G-d, or whatever god one believes in. People don't call to "chance," nor the United Nations General Assembly.

Traditional Jewish Prayer includes this line:

There is only one G-d, and He is Our G-d!

In Hebrew there are many terms/names for G-d. They each have different uses and significance, but they all represent the same non-human Being. Our G-d created man and earth.

And G-d gave us required commandments to obey. The first three of the Ten Commandments specifically mention G-d's powers and how we must relate to G-d. Following is the Second Commandment as explained on the Chabad site:
2. You shall not have other gods in My presence: G‑d is the only one who controls all events and occurrences. No other entity—not your government, not your boss, not your spouse—can benefit or harm you, unless G‑d has so decreed. Every one of us shares a special relationship with G‑d, and no power can interfere with or disturb this relationship.
Davka, rather ironically, the media in Israel has been full of articles and commentary about Israel and its relationship with the United States, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his nemesis United States President Barack Hussein Obama.

Obama has been inflated with powers of mythical proportions. It really doesn't matter who is sitting in the White House, the United States President is neither our president nor our god.

The fate of the State Of Israel rests in our hands according to how we obey G-d's Commandments. It's just between us and G-d Almighty. That needs no commentary.

May our government leaders be gifted with the wisdom and moral strength necessary to lead us in the right, yes, Right correct direction, G-d willing.


YMedad said...

I really do not think we can comprehend fully God's will. There were many who obeyed Him throughout our history but suffered so there seems to be an additional factor that must be figured in.

Anonymous said...

YMedad, now you said sonething that gives cause to me to chew the cud.
It invokes many questions in my mind.

But Batya you say it true, if only every human relied only on Hashem............
What a wonderful world that would be.

Anonymous said...

Why G-D sometimes blesses the wicked with good fortune while the righteous suffer, is only for HIM to know. He rules everything, the good and bad. There are no coincidences in Judaism. Everything that happens on the face of the earth or in the Universe is guided only by HIM. HE is everywhere and everything is His. We do not need to question His reasoning for we cannot fathom His ways, but we do only know that what He does is for our good, for His love for His children Israel (and even for all His creations) is on a level we cannot understnad nor reach. Whatever is happening is leading us to our ultimate Geulah, where we will only then know and be blessed with the perfection we pray for. We need to return (do Teshuva) which will hasten our redemption. May this year bring blessings upon all Bnai Yisrael.
Ein Od Milvado.