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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tending To Their Flocks

Following up on a thread started by my good buddy Dov Bear, I saw the following message that was distributed on our community message board:

On Motzae Shabbat a group of leading Rabbis from New York accompanied by other dignitaries led by Dov Hikind will be leaving on a Solidarity Mission to Israel. I will be participating in this Mission and hope to visit and give hizuk to the embattled communities in Israel, victims of violence, bereaved families and the soldiers who are waging this heroic battle.
I hate to be cynical (actually, I don't. I'm frequently cynical) but wouldn't we all be better off if our local community rabbis stayed home and tended to their own flocks rather than going to Israel for photo ops.

It's the nine days, for goodness sake. Tisha B'Av is around the corner. There is a horrible war going on in Israel and I sense so much chalishas hadas and despair in the air. Do these galus rabbis and local political hacks really think they will be giving the people of Israel chizuk by spending tzedakah money to fly to Israel? Wouldn't the Israelis be better off if the rabbis stayed home and raised money instead of spending it? Wouldn't their own congregants be better off if they stuck around and gave them chizuk?

I don't get it.



  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    The best part of these chizuk trips is that they spend money in hotels/restaurants etc. and bolster a suffering Israeli economy. The main chizuk a soldier needs is a good meal, a hot shower, and enough weaponry to blow the enemy off the map so that he can return home safely.

  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said…

    It's so heartwarming to hear what Dov Hikind will be doing for Dov Hikind.

    He's so very dedicated to his cause.

  • At 11:12 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    I agree that balabatim should go. The rabbanim have a job to do at home. And, as far as politicians, I could not have said it better than SW.

  • At 11:07 AM, Blogger WAAK said…

    oh mo!!!

    landis is a dope head.....

    as for the rabbanim why be critical of anyone in public at a time like this?

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger Irviner Chasid said…

    Going to Israel during a time of war is EXACTLY what the Israeli people want to see. While Lebbanon has every foreign national Fleeing for thier lives, Jews are flocking to Israel.

    I don't know how you can get more chizuk than that.

    Its the 9days.. How can you be rediculing your fellow Jews for trying to help our Nation?

    The whole reason the temple was destroyed was because of lashon harah and sinus chinam. Please give your fellow jews the benefit of the doubt.

  • At 3:07 PM, Blogger DovBear said… <-- great article about the verry boring sport of cycling.

  • At 10:45 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Floyd who?

    I agree that people should go to Israel. Just not rabbanim. They have more important stuff to do here.

  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger OrthoMomsBiggestFan said…



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