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Tisha B'Av  (to make a comment, use the form below)

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 expulsion plan!

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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