Monday, September 11, 2006

Here's someone who concurs with what you heard here first!

Awhile ago the Founder and First Lady of this blog, Batya, expressed herself as being totally unimpressed and underwhelmed by the current touted Savior of Israel's Right, former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe "Boogey" Ya'alon. Over at Manhigut Yehudit, Shmuel Sackett gets it right. BTW, if you want a candidate for Mashiach (and I doubt that you need to have one until he presents himself), read the Rambam's Hilchot Melachim. There he says that the provisional choice need not do miracles, but must be one who follows Torah and encourages other Jews to do so and fights the wars of Hashem. Nowhere does it say he has to fight on a battlefield. He could be, say, in intelligence. (Are you getting it?) Rabbi Akiva chose a person who was not a great Torah scholar, but a leader in battle who supported Torah observance. The gemara in Sanhedrin, Perek Helek, mentions that Mashiach is in chains at the gates of Rome. If Rome today is America, how about Jonathan Pollard? His actions to provide Israel with intelligence information got him locked up and since then he has become a dedicated follower of Torah who considers Rav Mordechai Eliahu as his rav. He keeps Torah and mitzvot as best he can in the prison where he is incarcerated. From time to time he sends out a pronouncement to Jews to be strong in Torah and proud as both individuals and as a nation. I'm not saying this dogmatically (no singing of Yechi please), but just showing you the contrast between someone like him and someone like Bibi or Boogey.

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