Thursday, December 17, 2009
Rav Melamed Must Resist!
I was dismayed to read on JPost that Rav Melamed is considering signing a declaration along with the heads of other hesder yeshivot, which will state that it is wrong for soldiers to engage in political protest. This would negate everything R' Melamed initially did right when he stood up to Barak. Retracting his position will constitute a tremendous desecration of the Almighty's name, and grant the accursed head of the mixed multitude a victory on the national stage. (No matter how they try to spin it.)
I was concerned the moment I read that R' Melamed was putting the matter into the hands of the leaders of the other Hesder yeshivot. Why would he do that? He was the only one with the courage to say the Halachic truth. The others should be listening to him and signing a letter supporting his (original) position. Instead, these spineless mamlachti leaders are pressuring the lone "voice in the wilderness" to recant his position.
R' Melamed's own words suggest that he is breaking under the pressure. It is clear that he isn't comfortable playing the role of the zealot. Nevertheless, he must understand that he has no choice in the matter. The Rav needs to gird himself in the cloak of zealousness and stand firm. Someone needs to defend the Torah.
R' Melamed's actions will resonate long after this issue is "resolved." Future hesder students will either be motivated by an uncompromising position, and sanctify The Almighty's name, or they will desecrate The Almighty's name and play an insidious role in the unforgivable sin of expelling Jews.
The seventh night of Chanukah is upon us. I hope R' Melamed follows the path of Matityahu.