Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why Go Where You're Not Welcome?

Hat tip: Boris

The Jordanians have put up signs in Petra saying:
No Dogs and No Jews

Many Israelis who shun going to Chutz L'Aretz (out of the HolyLand) do take tours to Petra, because it is in Biblical Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel.)

Actually I recently spoke to a friend who had gone there. They packed up all the food they'd need for the two days in order not to buy anything from the Jordanians. That was for two reasons. One is the very simple one that you can't trust the Kashrut, and the other is because they didn't want to give any money to our enemies.

And, yes, the Jordanians are our enemies. Just because they haven't joined in the recent wars, since 1967, doesn't mean that they are our friends.


Anonymous said...

Last year our oldest son attended a Mechinah somewhere out in Judea and Samaria. They planned an annual trip to Jordan. I told my son we don't go for fun to enemy territory.

Our son was one of the more popular boys and his non-participation led to a phone call from his Rav trying to tell me about the biblical/historical/educational aspect of the trip.

He got a mouthful from me and he couldn't answer how they were going to overcome the uneducational aspect of such an outing.

Batya said...

You did the right thing. Did any other family refuse to allow their sons to go? Or did any of the other boys refuse?

I just got back up from Tel Shiloh, and it's so gorgeous here and so full of our history.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if others did as we did. Possibly one or two other families but I'm not sure.

Batya said...

Most people are followers. It's human nature.