Thursday, August 27, 2009
It's ironic that Israelis take vacation in August. If they knew a little bit of their own history (most don't), August would register as a particularly dark month. In August of 1929, the Arabs butchered the Jews of Jerusalem, Safed, and Hebron with hatchets and hammers, talons and teeth. They came to massacre yehudim until the streets ran red. Animal screeches of blood lust punctuated the air in a cacophony of sickening squeals and guttural barking. Like laughing hyenas deriving nourishment from Jewish blood and bone. "Itbach El Yahud"- they screamed, as they came from near and far to feed.
Few Israelis spend their vacation in the holy city of Hebron, the site of the 1929 unimaginable Arab orgy of barbarism that took more Jewish lives than some of the worst Russian pogroms. While Jews sit on the beaches of Eilat ogling at half-naked women (Jewish or otherwise), the spirits of the slaughtered cry out in Hebron. I say "unimaginable" because healthy minds cannot really fathom "humans" ripping open the bellies of pregnant woman and smashing the squirming baby against a wall. A sane mind cannot truly fathom a two-legged monster that cuts off sex organs and gouges out eyes, before smashing a hatchet into the still breathing and screaming victim. This and untold numbers of other mind-numbing atrocities defy describtion.
Sickening. You bet it is. That's why I mention it. I don't mean to be shocking. I want to inculcate anger and rage. Jewish history 101. It's important to know who Amalek is. Most Jews don't give a second thought to the bloody anniversaries of dead Jews. Even Tisha Ba'av, the designated day of morning for the destruction of the temple and all subsequent Jewish tragedies, barely phases most religious Jews. Yom Hashoah is different. It's "dignified", protestant, ethic, is more a product of Elie Wiesel's universalism than anything else. Yom Hashoah is the secular response to Amalek, a call for humanism outside the parameters of Halachah. In Israel, the only other anniversary that resonates with the masses is the one the Left hammers into the heads of schoolchildren with obscene ceremonies of historical revisionism commemorating Rabin's assassination. The force-fed lionizing of one who signed a "peace deal" with the grinning head Amalekite himself, a human-monster who celebrated the 1929 massacres as a holiday.
Vacations can be good for the mind, body, and soul. (Eilat is the exception. Eilat is never good for you, unless you're off hiking in the desert. It depends on where one goes and what one does when he/she gets there.) I'm not saying people shouldn't go on vacations, or even that they shouldn't go in August. I am saying that Jews should give some thought during these days, to the barbarism of the past, present, and future, and the impending pogroms of tomorrow. The Arabs of 1929 were just like their descendants today. There were "good Arabs" in 1929 who chatted and drank Turkish coffee with their Jewish neighbors. And when the time was right, they put aside their coffee, and tore their Jewish friends to pieces.
I'd like you to look at some pictures of Amalek's handiwork, a tapestry of horrors to help you remember. Click on the link. www.hebron.com. I won't lie to you. The pictures are upsetting. (Don't watch it if you're pregnant.) Look at what the savages did and then look at what the jackals of Jaljulya did to Leonard Karp (may G-d avenge his blood). Nothing has changed in 2009, not in Hebron and not in Tel Aviv.
Amalek is rising. Anger and rage is the only proper Jewish emotion. This week's sedrah spoke of an eternal battle with Amalek until the final endgame. We need to prepare ourselves. A return to G-d and the Torah is priority # 1. Get the soul back in order. At the same time, we need to forge our bodies and our minds into iron, strengthened by fire and blood. The true sons of the merciful know that in times of war there is no mercy for the merciless. That's when the Torah requires the Jew to turn the switch, and become an angel of total destruction.
"Blot out the memory of Amalek from under the Heavens. Do not forget."