Where Are All the Good Guys?

Reading the daily newspaper and listening to London & Kirschenbaum on the nightly news can be very depressing. In the past four or five months, I read of frequent stabbings, shootings, attacks almost every day.

Doesn’t any journalist write about a Boy Scout helping an old lady to cross a busy street anymore? It seems that good news is not what endears the public who enjoy commenting on the bad news and condemning whoever is at fault for it.

Sadly, we have a former President serving seven years in prison for rape. Now we have a former Prime Minister who will serve six years in prison for fraud, bribery and related crimes.

And today, the news of Yair Ramati’s instant dismissal was sad and unhappy and we don’t even know the “why” of it. State secret, probably.

Yair Ramati was the Director of the Israeli Missile Defense department, until today. He is widely known as the “father” of Israel’s missile projects and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on missiles. No detailed information about his dismissal has as yet been released. We are only informed that it had something to do with “a security breach”.
It is very hard to understand how a man like Ramati could have breached national security. There must be more to the story which has not yet been told.

Finding good news lately is like looking for a needle under the proverbial haystack. I often feel like the Greek Diogenes searching with a lantern to find an honest man.

Where are all the good guys?

There is a common belief among people in all parts of the world that politicians are crooks. That they cannot be honest men or women. That political office is open to too much temptation for personal gain.

It is known that laws can be “broken” with closed eyes by people in power to people who are offering an incentive which is hard to resist.

In the 1950’s, a young female neighbor was making preparations for her wedding but she refused, on whatever personal grounds, to be immersed in the mikvah (ritual bath) prior to the wedding ceremony.

During those years, a rabbi would refuse to marry a couple if the prospective bride did not present a certificate of witness that she had immersed in the mikvah.

When she appeared before the leading rabbi of our city without the certificate, he explained that he could not permit the marriage. During the course of his conversation with her he mentioned how difficult it was for his wife to find a decent pair of stockings…of nylon stockings… how she had gone from shop to shop and was unsuccessful in finding any.

A few days later, my young neighbor appeared before the rabbi once again and handed him a package containing four pairs of fine nylon stockings. The rabbi gratefully accepted them, and signed a permit for the wedding to take place after Shabbat of that week.

I attended that wedding so I can testify to the veracity of the matter. That well-known rabbi had made life situations easier for couples over the course of several years in return for “expressions” of gratitude.

So we have a dishonest former President, a dishonest former Prime Minister, many dishonest rabbis, too many dishonest politicians, city mayors, even members of our Knesset.

And we still don’t know the reason for the swift and immediate removal of Yair Ramati from his high position with no one yet chosen to succeed him.

As I have said, the news is very depressing. Where have all the good guys gone?

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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