Monday, April 02, 2007

Neturei Karta Victims of Arson

I woke up this morning to see the headline, "Arson Eyed at Blaze at Synagogue", and I find myself no less enraged after reading that the target was a shul of a known Neturei Karta member and holocaust-denier. First of all, as far as I know, they read the same Torah that the rest of us do, learn the same Shulchan Aruch as the rest of us do, and shtaig at the same Bava Basra that we do. All burnt to a crisp.

I pray that we find out that this was an accident, but it's only natural to jump to such conclusions as the target was a much-vilified group. Yes, they went to holocaust denial conference; yes, they are pictured embracing Ahmadinejad; and yes, they met with Yasser Arafat. And while these despicable actions are a blemish for Jews worldwide, they don't make the Sifrei Kodesh in that shul and less holy. It is a sad day when Sifrei Torah and Sifrei Kodesh are burnt, no matter what type of shul they were housed in.

Finally - why do you think they attend pro-Palestinian rallies, are seen davening for Yasser Arafat, and joining in at a holocaust denial conference? It can't be because their views dictate that they do so - there are many others with their views on Zionism and Israel, yet choose not to publicize them in such a public forum. It is clear that all they want is attention. A group so small that has gained the amount of press that they have must feel a sense of accomplishment. The best way to combat their impurity is to deal with them, but on a less public stage. While they probably aren't pleased that they have to build a new shul, as sick as they are, it wouldn't surprise me if they are happy about the front-page publicity that they're getting now.


Anonymous aishel said...

Looks like it wasn't arson after all.

1:12 AM, April 05, 2007

Blogger AlanLaz said...

Baruch Hashem.

4:00 AM, April 05, 2007

Anonymous aishel said...

Not that the yeshiva world is an "authentic" news source (he never puts links to the news stories), but hopefully it isn't true.

9:33 AM, April 05, 2007


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