Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Are They Really Refusing to Daven for the Jews in Eretz Yisroel
I would like to ask a question and see if anyone out there really has an answer regarding a question about Satmar Chassidim. I just want to preface this by saying that I hope that I won't get any Satmar-bashing comments and that any such comments will be deleted. Their attitude about the State of Israel is based on the teachings of the the Tzadik Yesod Olam, Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, the previous Satmar Rebbe in VaYoel Moshe. I'm trying to ask a sincere question and I'm hoping for a sincere answer.
A friend of mine works at a company with many Satmar Chassidim. He asked them about their response to the situation in Eretz Yisroel. They told them that they won't daven for the matzav there! Now it could be that there was some miscommunication or that these folks don't represent mainstream Satmar. I don't know. But if this is an accurate statement of the Satmar outlook, I don't understand it.
Yes, they're against Medinas Yisroel and all of its branches. Yes, they believe the Jews who settled Israel and set up the state were wrong. But this is not a medina, in the abstract sense, being hit with missles every day. These are Jewish men, women and children! This is not some abstract incorporeal medina putting its life in danger and fighting in urban areas to protect its brothers and sisters in southern Israel. These are Jewish boys, barely out of high school engangering themselves for their brothers in his way! This is not about supporting a medina. It is about davening for Jews who are being attacked, because they are Jews, by hate-filled Reshaim!
If someone could help me understand, in a sincere way, and without bashing, I would appreciate it.
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