Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Things that pissed me off last week.

You may not know it but there were a few things that pissed me off last week, and probably you too. I'm not talking about simple things like, why I cant find a parking spot within a one block radius, or why you cut me off, or even why my thumb cant fit into a normal sized bowling ball, I'm talking about bigger things that haven't only affected me.

I got pissed off last week when I heard that a bunch of Jews decided to do some stealing and tax evasion. Ive been saying it for a long time, the last thing we need is a chilul hashem and yet there they go. "But wait you're allowed to steal to support Torah, right? so they did nothing wrong" said a commenter of yeshiva world news, but the answer is no you are not allowed to steal for torah, its a mitzvah that came through an aveirah (which is an aveirah if you didn't know). And you know what I think? I think that they should all go to jail and serve their sentence because they deserve it, and I wont be like another commenter that said they should have their trial in the month of adar and not av, because av is a bad month for Jews and having the trial now will cause them to lose the trial. So why did it piss me off? it didn't affect me? Ill answer that with a question, "did you get pissed of at madoff and his scandal?" the answer is yes, same here.

Another thing that pissed me off this week was a letter printed in the mishpachah magazine. It was condemning Reb Elyashiv for praying for gilad shalit. I know this is hard to hear for all of you that joined groups on Facebook and twitter in support of gilad but the person writing it said that he thinks it's wrong to pray for him to be released, because Israel will give up many captured terrorists in exchange for him. For the person who decided to write that letter to mishpachah I have two things to say; one is, if you were gilad you wouldn't be thinking that way, and two is that one Jewish life is priceless and it doesn't matter how many terrorists you give up (although we try to lessen the amount).

Yeah those were the things that pissed me off last week, cant see who it wouldn't. On a side note have an easy and meaningful fast.

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frum single female said...

im with you. im very upset about madoff and the recent scandels with the syrian jewish community. i felt like staying home until after tisha b'av. to me it is so embarrassing.
as for gilad shalit- of course we should pray for his release. the terrorists should not be released, but if chas v'shalom it was an actual friend or relative wouldnt you want people to rally for their release?

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

First off, did you know that P*ssed is a bad word?

And yea, these are upsetting times, I think we have to take a lesson from it. Hashem is sending us a wake up call. Instead of being negative about it and getting depressed at what happened, we should be positive and improve ourselves.

I actually once read an article online somewhere about why we should stop fighting to get a different person released, Jonathon Pollard. It said something to the effect that if he hasn't been released till now, there's a reason why he's there, and we just have to trust in the government, or something like that.

Frum and Rational said...

Hopefully this serves as a wake up call to the chareidi community that there is actually such a thing as secular law, which is binding, and which carries punishment for transgression. As for the Gilad Shalit letter, first of all, there is a good chance that if gilad was a father of twelve learning in kollel before being kidnapped, that letter would not have been written. second of all, what kind of emunah does it show if you do not daven for something important because you don't think it can happen how you want it, and are critical of anyone who does the decent thing and davens for him?

Mikeinmidwood said...

Frum Single Female

I felt more like punching a few people instead of hiding.

Ex Babysitter

"instead of getting depressed.... we should be positive..."

I find it hard to be positive after that.

Frum And Rational

I like those gilad answers.

G6 said...

I'll go one further.
You say it doesn't affect you?
It sure does!
It affects every single Jew that is now looked upon in a different way...
It is a chillul Hashem visited upon each and every one of us and THAT'S what upsets me the most.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Ahem... excuse me G6 but I wrote "Im talking about bigger things that havent only affected me" I specifically wrote it affected me and others too.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Just letting you know I tagged you Here.

smb said...
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smb said...

We Jews need to work on and internerlize the ethics that the Torah teaches us. We need to go back to Pirkei Avos and Mesillas Yasharim where we learn to be careful to avoid pitfalls, and instead go after good values like honesty etc.

It's important to work on both good character traits and spiritual things also. Both have an impact on the world. Both are important.

Ookamikun said...

And how was this stealing for torah? If they do crimes during Av, why should they be tried during Adar?

frum single female said...

youve been tagged.

Mikeinmidwood said...


I agree you can learn all day and act horribly to people, youre still gonna get it up there.


didnt know about that one.

Frum Single Female

thanks (sarcastic)