Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Applicable Then Or Now?

Received via e-mail from Rabbi Shmuel Rosenberg:

Amos 1:6-9


At January 7, 2009 at 9:37:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

G-d bless you and yours.
Could you please explain the message from the sofer, RShmuel Rosenberg. i know him via email and he helped me tremendously when my son was ill in 2005. i would really very much like to know what th e message is. i dont know heb.

At January 7, 2009 at 7:52:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of mine sent me that exact image that he received in an email from his uncle. This was my response:

It seems unrelated because it is discussing evil doings of the Philistines during the desctruction of either the first or second temple, [depending on the opinions of various commentaries] where the biblical-era Philistines captured Jews trying to flee the Romans and handed them over to die in their hands.
Furthermore, the destruction of the Philistines [and the cities they occupied at the time] cited in the text actually did already occur, whereas today, [besides for the connection between biblical-era "Philistines" and modern-era "Palestinians" being highly debatable] those cities are Jewish owned and occupied territories which G-d would obviously not want to destroy to punish the Philistines.
In short, trying to connect this text to what is happening now in Gaza would allude to the assumption that G-d would want to punish the Palestinians by destroying them, Gaza and the Jewish-owned and occupied cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Ekron??? I don't think so.

At January 8, 2009 at 4:27:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look into the meforshim, you'll see that the reference is to the times of the first and second churbanos, and the people mentioned are the Philistines, a nation that occupied the southern
part of the Mediterranean coast since the time of Avrohom Avinu, and they were always fighting with the Yidden, as we see in Shoftim in the story of Shimshon. Gat is not mentioned here because it belonged to the kings of Yehudah. It doesn't seem to be related to our times.


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