Sunday, July 20, 2014
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As so often happens these days, the best contemporary and timely commentary on current events can be found in the Bible.
The following is largely based on an article published by the controversial Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, son of the late chief rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu (and the rabbi the Far Left most loves to hate for his suggesting that people in Safed rent their apartments out to Jews and not Arabs). But putting politics aside:
He begins by arguing that the fact that over 1000 rockets were fired into Israel with almost no casualties at all clearly represents (in his opinion) Divine intervention. He notes that a single Hamas attack on Egyptian troops killed and injured more than did the 1000 plus rockets fired at the Jews. He considers it a manifestation of the expression in prayer of the construction of a Succah of Peace over Israel and Jerusalem.
He then goes on to explore the Biblical term "Hamas." The word Hamas appears throughout the Bible in the Hebrew text. The first place it appears is in the story of Noah, to describe the evil of that generation. But what exactly does the word mean? In the authoritative Onkelos translation of Biblical text into Aramaic, Hamas is translated as "kidnapping." Still think the Bible is out of date?
In Genesis in the story of Noah it says that the earth was filled with Hamas kidnapping. We know how this was fixed.
In the psalms, which are traditionally attributed to King David, the term Hamas appears 14 different times in 12 different chapters. In Psalm 7, the behavior of the Hamas people is described. It says that they not only attack with swords and arrows but shoot explosive fiery projectiles. The same Psalm describes Hamas people as those who obsessively lie and as those who dig tunnels in order to cause injury to their victims. King David writes explicitly that these tunnels will turn into the graves of the Hamas.
Chapter 11 of Psalms describes how the Hamas loves to shoot at innocent people, meaning women and children. The Psalm predicts that fire and brimstone will rain down upon the Hamas. Drones and choppers are not mentioned. In Chapter 18 King David describes how to defeat Hamas enemies and mentions a bow of copper, which reminds us a bit of a Dome of Iron. He predicts that his soul will be rescued from the Hamas. In Chapter 25 the Hamas are described as people driven by obsessive blind hatred for Jews. In Chapter 35 Psalms asks God for protection against the Hamas liars and false witnesses. In Chapter 55 Psalms predicts that the Hamas barbarians will fight among themselves. Chapter 72 of Psalms again predicts that Israel will be rescued from Hamas. In Chapter 73 Hamas people are described as lazy bums and as parasites.
Finally in Psalm 140, Hamas is mentioned three times as evil ones even when they pretend to be seeking peace.