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Monday, July 24, 2006

Give Peace and War A Chance

The Jews created the concept of morality. Want an example of it flourishing? Am Echad wrote an excellent post. Because of that, I am posting the entire thing.
The Israeli radio station I am listening to is playing the song "Give Peace a Chance."

This is not a leftist station.

This is not a rightest station.

This is not a station of hippies.

It's not an anti-Israel station.

It's not an Arab station.

Nope. None of those.

Instead .....


גלגלץ - Galgalatz is an official radio station run by IDF soldiers and run by the Israeli military.

What does it say about a society that, in the midst of war, the military station does not play songs drumming for war against those who try to kill it but instead plays calls for peace?

I think it says that that society is Israel. Perhaps the most moral society in the world.

Peace remains the only solution but, as Golda Meir once said, we will have peace with the Arabs once they love their children more than they hate us.

"Give peace a chance. Amen."

Related to this is an article written by Rock of Galilee, a father and husband who lives in Maalot, in the Upper Galilee. We disagree on just about everything, and things have gotten ugly in the past. But, this article that he wrote really struck a cord with me. Again, not talking about hatred or anything of vengeance like the words of our enemies. It would be completely understandable if he was talking that way, right? His family has become refugees. They ran from Maalot down to Jerusalem with only a day's clothing to them. Their city's getting shelled dozens of times a day. He doesn't even know if his house is still in one piece or will be by the time he gets back. But, no. Nothing of the kind. Just read it.

I was reading koheles (kohelet (ecclisiaties)) yesterday. It is one of my favorite Jewish books because it gives such perspective into life. There were 2 parts that I focused on yesterday. The first part says, "There is nothing new under the sun." He goes on, you might think that something is new, but you are wrong, it always was here and it will live on after you.


The second part that I focused on was the part where he says there is a time for everything and then lists, a time to live and a time to die, a time to uproot and a time to plant... a time for war and a time for peace.
And as I read it a couple times and noticed the strange way it was actually written (in the original hebrew of course) I realized that he is saying that every time is the time for every thing. Right now, it is both the time for was and the time for peace, the time to kill and the time to heal. You may be able to choose only one of them, but it doesn't really matter. Sometimes you will be successful and sometimes you will fail. That is not as much dependent on the choice you make as much as the way you go about trying to accomplish it.
Right now we are choosing war but only for the sake of peace. Because when Lebanon isn't there anymore, there will be no more Hizballah shooting rockets at my children. The IDf went into som Lebanese village and either wounded or found a wounded woman (that is unclear). They took the woman and her son to Tzfat hospital to help heal her. On a mission where the goal is to kill, they also took the time to heal.

I feel that using all of these concepts together and seeing a single time for each one and making the correct choice is what ultimately gives fulfillment in life. I'm proud of our soldiers.


At 3:30 PM, Blogger Chai18 said...

even in the midst of this hell the jews always come up on top

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

If there's only one thing we can hold on to, it's our morality and love and sanctity for life. This is ours. Our enemies can never take that away from us.

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