Rabbinical Wrath (Or the Wrath of God)

Adding to the condemnation by AIPAC and WJC to Netanyahu’s “marriage” with former Kach terrorists are two very vocal American Jewish religious groups, the Rabbinical Assembly of America comprised of 250 Conservative rabbis currently in pulpits and 1,000 more who are retired. The second condemnation comes in the form of a letter signed by 80 Modern Orthodox rabbis to PM Netanyahu, shaming him for his un-Jewish alliance with terrorists solely to keep his seat and a Likud majority in the Knesset.

These powerful groups, accompanied by strict criticism of the Reform union of rabbis, place the blame squarely on Netanyahu. His “shidduch” with Otzma is a disgrace for Jews the world over.

It puts Israeli politics and politicians in a very dark unhealthy light and the combined numbers of those condemning Netanyahu will make his future visits to America hopefully unwelcome and uncomfortable.

His talented English-speaking tongue and his manufactured smiles will no longer be an attraction to the American Jewish communities.

Accusations that his merger with Jewish terrorists is equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan are totally correct although Netanyahu, looking from steamed eyeglasses, is unable (or unwilling) to see it.

But the damage it has done will cost Israel a very steep price in contributions and in relations with government officials who have the ears for  Jewish concerns.  Jews vote and politicians, Democrats and Republicans, sit up and listen. And they respond!

The wrath of the American rabbis is, in fact, the wrath of God. I doubt that Netanyahu will be struck by lightning but I do believe that a great punishment will befall him.  His legacy will be in ruins.

If Sara, his wife, who is believed to have “saichel” (intelligence), does not convince him to change his policy of merger with Kahanists, she too will suffer shame and disgrace for something of which she is not responsible.

It is well known by all Israelis that our Prime Minister does not ever make a decision without first consulting with Sara and his disgraceful son, Yair. Our national policies are made at the Netanyahu’s dining table before being presented to the Knesset for consideration.

I can hear the bones of our beloved former great Prime Minister and the greatest Zionist of our time, the late Menachem Begin, rattling in his grave in disgust of Netanyahu’s leadership in the Likud party which was founded by Begin… the Herut party with a new name.

I can hear Golda Meier, between puffs of her cigarette, calling out at Netanyahu a flow of curses in Arabic (Hebrew lacks the language of such curses).

Ben-Gurion would have said of him “he should have sunk with the Altalena”, but Bibi was not yet born at that time.

Our greatest and first Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Abraham Isaac Kook, z”l, who never spoke a bad word about anyone would have been able to find a barrel-full of bad words to be hurled at today’s PM.

One of Netanyahu’s weaknesses (he does not have many) is his inability to realize the political strength which Diaspora Jews possess. He prefers that they mind their own business and not interfere with Israeli politics and elections.

But if the State of Israel is the home of all the Jewish people in the world, those Jews who prefer living in the comforts of their respective countries and who have provided significant amounts of financial help over the past 70 years, have earned the right to bless or to condemn the Jewish homeland when they feel it is appropriate to do so.

And right now, from all reports in the Jewish press in Europe and in North America, Jewish Zionists are convinced that it is now appropriate to condemn.

Thousands of rabbis of all the factions in Judaism from extreme Orthodox to extreme liberal are raising their voices and are signing letters protesting the despicable union of Likud and the terrorist parties.

I can only hope that my prayers, joined together with theirs, will reach the heaven of heavens.

If there is not rabbinical wrath, let then the wrath of God fall upon all who approve of the union of this madness.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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