In the three weeks leading up to Tisha be’Av, we try to be extra careful to diminish strife among Jews, and even try and spread ‘baseless love.’ The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem on that fateful day was preceded and enabled by baseless hatred against each other. Unity is so holy and has always helped us; discord has always been at the root of any downfall. Some secular Jews may not know about this, but they should.
A group of people under insurmountable vicious oppression not seldom will start attacking each other, since the enemy seems so invincible. Not for nothing does Jewish Law have very tough rules against Jews demeaning or insulting other Jews, even if the attacks are truthful — and even more so if the facts are exaggerated or even completely made-up.
In fact, the Sages tell us that the only thing that stops Redemption, the coming of the Messiah, right now, is infighting among Jews. That’s serious.
It is horrifying to hear members of the coalition and opposition use hateful words to describe each other, especially in the Three Weeks.
Trying to extend the Citizenship Law was narrowly foiled. The euphemistic name tries to hide what it really is: a law to prevent Muslims from areas occupied by tyrants (the PA and Hamas) to acquire Israeli citizenship by marrying an Israeli Muslim. Too many of them turned out terrorists. It also prevents such a spouse from legally working or from driving in freed Israel.
Without that Law now being in force, what happens? Tens of thousands can now apply for citizenship what that Law blocked for decades.
First of all, that is great for all genuine attempts to unite Muslim families.
Yet, the minister can still deny each and every such request. That can lead to appeals and clogging of the legal system. But it’s utterly false that Israel will now be defenseless against Muslims overrunning the Jewish majority or killing us all since they are all terrorists inside Trojan horses. Also, by extension, every politician who didn’t support this Law did nothing wrong.
Equally, every politician who tried to keep the Law in function did nothing wrong. The security forces and Attorney General had recommended so.
The most ultra-left-wing parties in the coalition voted for what seems a racist law because under a compromise, it would only stand for half a year and grant automatic citizenship to a couple of thousand affected spouses.
Also the media could play it down a bit. I know, indignation and rows sell, and money must be made to stay afloat. But for the good of the nation, please, make less dramatic headlines. Don’t quote every angry sound bit.
So, there is no reason for any side to call the other side terrible names and adjectives. Tone it down a bit, please. We just try all to do our best, the other is not the enemy, no one is endangering anyone else, and the only dangerous thing is all the animosity among us. Thank you.