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IDF soldiers praying at the Kotel.

Here in Eretz Yisrael, if we expect to remain an independent nation we – all of us – must make a mind change and carry our destiny on our shoulders. Haredim must take part in all areas of life and the non-observant must draw closer to Torah and mitzvot, if indeed we strive to draw our thoughts and our ways closer to the Creator’s.

There is no third way. For a nation that hachafetz chaim – desires to live – we have no choice.

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Rabbi Nachman Kahana the spiritual leader of Hazon Yichezkeil a member synagogue of Young Israel (Yisrael Hatzair) in the Old City of Jerusalem. He has founded the Institute for Talmudic Commentaries (המכון להסברת מפרשי התלמוד) through which he has published “Mei Menuchot” (מי מנוחות - Restful Waters) a Hebrew elucidation of the Tosafot commentary on several tractates of the Talmud. He is the authror "With All Your Might" of a new series of Shabbat drashot .

19 COMMENTS

  1. 2 Chron. 7:14 “If Ami, which are called by Shmi, shall humble themselves, and daven, and seek my face, and turn from their derakhim hara’im (wicked ways), then will I hear from Shomayim, and will forgive their chattat, and will heal their land.”

  2. Your comments are so true, many of the best soldiers are religious. We need men who love Ha-Shem and we should be encouraging the
    haredim to serve in the military.

  3. It is a sad day for Klal Yisroel when a newspaper that calls itself Jewish can compare the current leadership of the state of israel with Dovid Hamelech and his leadership. When the prime minister resigns in favor of handing over the leadership to our Gedolim we can discuss sending Bnai Torah to the army.

  4. It is a sad day for Klal Yisroel when a newspaper that calls itself Jewish can compare the current leadership of the state of israel with Dovid Hamelech and his leadership. When the prime minister resigns in favor of handing over the leadership to our Gedolim we can discuss sending Bnai Torah to the army.

  5. Its a sad day when a fool will twist a beautiful article into additional hatred. The article sought to learn from David Hamelech. It didnt care to compare todays leadership with David. You on the other hand choose to follow those who feel their opinions are mightier than the Torah and David Hamelech. Its a sad day indeed.

  6. Its a sad day when a fool will twist a beautiful article into additional hatred. The article sought to learn from David Hamelech. It didnt care to compare todays leadership with David. You on the other hand choose to follow those who feel their opinions are mightier than the Torah and David Hamelech. Its a sad day indeed.

  7. “King David drafted into his army only the most genealogically and spiritually suitable. David’s logic was that in war, Hashem weighs the relative merits of the litigants. Therefore, it is essential that our side be overwhelmingly more righteous than the enemy.” If we are going to emulate what King David did as a reason to draft Torah scholars, then it appears that our military needs to get rid of ALL non-Jews in our military who do NOT meet the qualifications of who King David drafted into his army. These non-Jews surely are not the “most genealogically and spiritually suitable.” In fact, they are neither genealogically or spiritually suitable. That cannot be good for Israel.

  8. "King David drafted into his army only the most genealogically and spiritually suitable. David’s logic was that in war, Hashem weighs the relative merits of the litigants. Therefore, it is essential that our side be overwhelmingly more righteous than the enemy." If we are going to emulate what King David did as a reason to draft Torah scholars, then it appears that our military needs to get rid of ALL non-Jews in our military who do NOT meet the qualifications of who King David drafted into his army. These non-Jews surely are not the "most genealogically and spiritually suitable." In fact, they are neither genealogically or spiritually suitable. That cannot be good for Israel.

  9. As a goy, I ask you all this: Where is the tzaddik to be found? At home studying Torah, or at his job, or on the front lines? Torah is inscribed upon the tzaddik’s heart and mind, is worn upon his arm and thigh. He need not study it; but he still does, continuously. He knows the arm of Hashem secures the peace, via the sword of the gate.

    Even while in the heat of battle, the tzaddik reflects upon the nature of Hashem. All have roles to play. There are times when all are required to be on the front line. Will the remnant that remains include those who do not take up arms? The tzaddik knows that Hashem helps him who helps himself.

    There is no glory in war. There also is no glory in not taking up arms when it is required, in order to spare the nation. Until you create a yeshiva in your own heart, each and every heart, you cannot prevail against your enemies. Each soldier must also be a Torah student. That is the only way you can prevail. Until then, you will experience constant turmoil.

    You have had millennia of this, and the solution has always been there in the Torah. The Torah of thought, word, deed, heart, mind, spirit is the only “study” fully acceptable to Hashem. Be the student, and the soldier. This goy’s opinion.

  10. As a goy, I ask you all this: Where is the tzaddik to be found? At home studying Torah, or at his job, or on the front lines? Torah is inscribed upon the tzaddik's heart and mind, is worn upon his arm and thigh. He need not study it; but he still does, continuously. He knows the arm of Hashem secures the peace, via the sword of the gate.

    Even while in the heat of battle, the tzaddik reflects upon the nature of Hashem. All have roles to play. There are times when all are required to be on the front line. Will the remnant that remains include those who do not take up arms? The tzaddik knows that Hashem helps him who helps himself.

    There is no glory in war. There also is no glory in not taking up arms when it is required, in order to spare the nation. Until you create a yeshiva in your own heart, each and every heart, you cannot prevail against your enemies. Each soldier must also be a Torah student. That is the only way you can prevail. Until then, you will experience constant turmoil.

    You have had millennia of this, and the solution has always been there in the Torah. The Torah of thought, word, deed, heart, mind, spirit is the only "study" fully acceptable to Hashem. Be the student, and the soldier. This goy's opinion.

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