Monday, October 1, 2012
True Judaism, Work + IDF = Torah
it rains and gets very windy during Succot, even here in the Holy Land. And there are times when it is physically impossible to be in a succah, even if it's still standing. We aren't commanded to stay out in the rain. There's a limit to the protective powers of the sechach, which are mainly in the spiritual, not the thermal.
Judaism is a religion grounded in reality. There's a balance between the קודש and חול, kodesh and chol, holy and profane.
I don't see any place in the Torah that demands that men isolate themselves in the "ivory towers" of the Beit Medrish, study halls to just learn Torah all day. Whenever I read Leviticus Chapter 23 וַיִּקְרָא
We are supposed to live the Torah, not to isolate it.
There's a lot in the news about the son of the former symbol of ultra-Orthodox aka chareidi Yehuda Meshi-Zahav being in the Israeli army. When Meshi-Zahav was young, he was well-known and active (and arrested) in all sorts of anti-Zionist demonstrations. Later on he took on different challenges using his energies and intelligence to establish ZAKA, the first response emergency group that helps with rescues, terror attacks and collecting body parts after accidents and terror attacks.
ZAKA members are performing great mitzvot. They help other Jews, alive and dead. No doubt this gives them, mostly chareidi, a very different perspective on life. Soldiers in the IDF are also doing great mitzvot, and that mustn't be ignored. They are the things that Judaism and Torah are all about.