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The Reason These Boys Were Kidnapped Is…

Man walking in neighborhood of one of the Kidnapped Boys, in Elad, Israel.

Man walking in neighborhood of one of the Kidnapped Boys, in Elad, Israel.
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Instead of looking for blame, we ought to all be doing what we first did when we heard about it: uniting in prayer and supporting the Israeli govenrment’s all out efforts to find the victims and punish the perpetrators.

For some whose agenda is more important that the individuals being directly affected, that isn’t good enough. They take the opportunity to push own agenda forward by appealing to our spiritual side. They may not think they are being cruel. They may actually think they are being helpful because they do very much believe in their cause. But I would suggest that the evidence does not support them.

I believe that this kind of thing happens because of an over-focus on spirituality. I don’t think it is healthy to do that. We can’t really know what’s ‘up there’. We only know what’s ‘down here’.  And we ought to focus on that. The only valid spiritual activity is prayer. The rest is Achdus. Achdus in prayer. And Achdus in Hishtadlus. That should be our main focus. Instead of using a tragedy to forward an agenda by claiming it is some sort of spiritual message we should all go back to the kind of Achdus that we saw immediately following this kidnapping.  Our only agenda here should be the safe return of those young boys to their families.

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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10 Responses to “The Reason These Boys Were Kidnapped Is…”

  1. Uzi Kattan says:

    The government is too lenient on Arab terrorism which emboldens them. These kidnappers need to be executed on the spot when caught.

  2. anti semitism is allowed. instead of us all being people – we are catagorized

  3. I’ve learned that if one is inflicted with suffering, he should examine his deeds. It does not mean that one can easily pinpoint one misdeed as being the cause. Hashem wants us to improve in every way possible.

  4. I’ve learned that if one is inflicted with suffering, he should examine his deeds. It does not mean that one can easily pinpoint one misdeed as being the cause. Hashem wants us to improve in every way possible.

  5. I think this is the easy way out looking for specific reasons. 1) What about the free will of others to do us harm? 2) And I’m sure this will surprise anyone knows me….we might look to one reason. Being in a land or lands full of gentiles is a punishment for not living in spite of them as Jews only, separate, without imitation and assimilation. We want to be people among the nations, and this is how that works–their ways, murder, kidnapping, idolatry, evil compromises.

  6. No reason would justify such actions, its all around inhumane

  7. No reason would justify such actions, its all around inhumane

  8. These ultra orthodox are no better than Hamas. They are Israelis internal terrorists

  9. Marsha.. I dont see ultra orthodox jews blowing up buses or kidnapping children ….who needs enemies when another Jew can spew forth such hatred towards another .

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