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Tisha B'Av (to
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Today is the 9th of Av on
the Hebrew Calendar. It is a fast day, (neither food nor drink are
consumed), and a day of mourning. It was on this day that both the
first and second Temples were destroyed. In addition there is a list
of evil events associated with this day.
It is not surprising that
the expulsion of Jews from their homes in Gaza falls also on this day.
What DOES surprise me is the amount of support AMONG THE JEWISH PEOPLE
for such a plan. What can they possibly be thinking?
For the life of me, I
cannot understand why any Jew would believe that what is happening now
in Gaza (and being proposed to happen in Samaria) is a good thing. How
does this in ANY WAY benefit Israel? Yet the final vote in the Knesset
to move forward with this plan was approved 17 to 5, and reports
continue to say that 65% of the Jewish population are IN FAVOR of the
Today's actions by the
Israeli government remind me that the string of evil events that have
happened throughout history on the 9th of Av, began with such an act.
When Moses sent 12 spies into the promised land, ten of them came back
with an "evil report". They would not trust in God to fight their
battles and they rejected the promised land. It is no coincidence that
for the majority of its history ten of the 12 tribes have been lost,
not even knowing who they are.
The exile of the northern
kingdom has gone on too long as it is. It is not time to retreat from
the land. It is time to stand before God and trust Him as deliverer.
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