Thursday, May 21, 2009

by Mystical Paths

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) has not even ended and already the rhetoric is already heating up...

(Jpost) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (friend of the Jews of New York) speaking on Al Jazeera...

"We want to see a stop to settlement construction, additions, natural growth - any kind of settlement activity," declared Clinton in some of the Obama administration's clearest comments to date on what it expects from Israel.

Note to Jews and friends of the Jewish people world-wide, according to the US almost ALL of Jerusalem is a settlement. Just pull up Google Maps and note the 1949 Armistice Line still there. EVERYTHING on the other side, per the US State Department, is a settlement. This includes...

The old city, French Hill, Ramot, Ramat Shlomo, 1/2 of Maale Dafne, well basically most of the city!

Even the secular Israelis and the Israeli government is being pushed against the wall. While there are those in Israeli society that have begged the US to "push Israel into a peace settlement", even they balk as increasingly demands move from reasonable to less possible to impossible - not even taking into account Torah shel Moshe and the inheritance of Eretz Yisroel.

Israel will be left to trust in Hashem and His Torah, or trust in the empty promises of Obama and the security of the UN.

No one looks forward to a test of faith. Yet there's more simple faith among the common Jew in Israel than one might think. Outside of Israel there's a pretty strong dividing line between Jews with emunah and those without - mostly along the orthodox/non-orthodox border. But in Israel emunah is widespread, the simple Jew exists and is not a rare find. There are strong cultural, segmentation and sect divides (charedi, mizrachi, national religious, kibbutznik, settler, etc), but here in Israel emunah crosses all boundaries.

For those of us too complex for simple faith, from too many arguments of the world pressing in on our thoughts, it's time to focus upon works, teachings and thoughts of emunah (faith) in Hashem. For there is no chochma (wisdom) to get out of what's coming, only emunah (faith) in Hashem.

Photo: Iran tests an extended range ground-to-ground missile a day after threatening to wipe Israel out in 11 days. The Obama administration declares this nothing to worry about, that the main concern for the world is whether a Jewish family in Beit El builds a new room on their home for their baby.