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Sunday, January 08, 2006


I was going to ignore the subject of Sharon's massive stroke (perhaps wrongly), but in my local Satmar 'mik' I was filling someone in on then current Sharon health report and implying that the news wasn't too positive. A fellow from left field pipes up: "Is that bad news or good?"

My opinion:
1. Jews, even sinners, are still Jews as Chazal have taught us.
2. I can conceive that an Israeli PM can and should know something I don't. Therefore, although I am not a firebrand 'Land of Israel' fanatic, I supported Sharon in the time of Sabra and Shattila, and I also supported him this past summer.
3. He definitely saved a lot of Jewish lives, especially in his brilliant maneuver around the Egyptian III Army in 1973.
4. His life has been dedicated to the security of the State of Israel, where more than a few chareidim just happen to live.
5. Therefore I will include 'Ariel ben Vera' in my prayers.

And as to those of you snotty enough to think that all he cares about is the destruction of Judaism - wipe your nose, please, and get out of my mikve!


Anonymous deerson said...

by the way was Rabin a good guy too? does every jewish politico in the spotlight automatically deserve our tefilos? everything you said was about his positive contributions but does that somehow put him up on the top of the list of cholim? the list of deserving cholim is rather long i'm not sure if i have that much time in the day in my shmona esrei to mention everybody. how does one prioritize?

11:03 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

I've got a bunch of names there, and a long-time Rebbe and Social Worker is with a serious lung disease is #1, not Sharon.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous deerson said...

the basic questions were not answered. perhaps the real question is this matter of gut feelings and if so then there is really little to discuss.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Good guy is not the issue. Jew is the issue, and not the spotlight.

But good guy makes it easier to pray for him.

12:49 AM  

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