Israel on the 17th of Tammuz: Confronting the Enemy Within

Rabbi Rosen is a great reminder that Jews are a diverse community and have almost as many differences of opinion about Zionism as humans do.

Shalom Rav

Cross-posted with Tikkun Daily:

Yesterday the Jewish world observed the fast day known as Shiv’ah Asar Be’Tammuz, (the 17th of Tammuz), a communal day of quasi-mourning that commemorates among other things, the breaching of Jerusalem’s walls by the Roman army in 70 CE, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple.

Interestingly enough, the 17th of Tammuz – as well as the upcoming fast day of Tisha B’Av – is not so much a day of anger directed toward our enemies, as much as an occasion for soul searching over the ways our own behavior too often leads to our downfall. According to the Talmud (Yoma 9b), for instance, the fall of the First Temple was due to the idolatry while the destruction of the Second Temple was caused by sinat chinam – the “baseless hatred” of Jew against Jew.

I would submit that this year, the 17th…

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One thought on “Israel on the 17th of Tammuz: Confronting the Enemy Within

  1. Very true…there are Jews who worship budda, Christ,money,witches,rubber sex dolls,and everything else under the stars…and Jews who are against the very exsistance of Israel…Rosen is one of those..he likes to think of himself as a humanitarian..and so chases all feel good causes..this man,who likely is a good person,loves his wife kids and everybody else on this planet…except the Jews who live in and support Israel…he cares more what the Quakers and Mennonites think of Israel, he worries that they will think poorly of him if he says even one word in support of Israel ….he is a traitor to his people plain and simple..

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