Originally Written during Chanukah 5763 - Dec 17, 2003
I wrote this in response to the threatened forced evacuation (panui) of our neighboring hilltop community, Migron, Israel, a little over one year ago.
Happily, Baruch Hashem, the plans of the Hellenists did not come to pass, and the moon has, in fact, risen over Migron. Many times since.
With the threatened mass deportation planned in Aza looming, chas v'shalom .. this article may as well have been written today.
Rosh Chodesh Adar 1, 5765 - Feb 8, 2005
When I walk out my front door here in Kochav Yaakov, nestled in the Judean Hills, just minutes from Jerusalem, I look to my right, and from our high vantage point, I gaze over at the beautiful and growing community of Migron, located on a neighboring hilltop, a few kilometers away, on the other side of a deep wadi. Migron is home to 43 young Torah-observant Jewish families, with over 60 young children. They are professionals, teachers, students, soldiers, people who work there or in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. You can see Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount, from there, as well as from Kochav Yaakov.
Every month, a beautiful strawberry full moon rises over Migron, seemingly emerging from the mountain itself. Every month I walk outside my front door and gaze wonderously at this site, happy that the hilltop below this moon is now full of Jewish life, Jewish children, and Jewish people praying and studying Torah. They are building a Jewish community in the shadows of Jerusalem, much like our thriving community did some 20 years ago. Our yishuv, Kochav Yaakov/ Tel Tzion, now contains some 800 families, almost 5,000 Torah observant Jews of all colors.
Our neighbor, Migron, emerged two years ago, first with a cellphone tower from Orange, a major cellphone company in Israel. Some guard quarters followed, then some caravans. We witnessed many neat, white mobile homes, finished with Jerusalem stone, being added over the following months, along with a beit knesset (synagogue- study hall); a branch of kupat cholim (national managed care health clinic); ganim (kindergartens and nurseries), and the paving of a three-kilometer long approach road leading up to the gated yishuv. I was astounded at the rapid progress of this fledgling community. Over 40 homes are there now. This cannot happen without the blessing and permission of many government agencies.
The army acknowledges that this previously uninhabited hilltop is of great strategic importance, as it looks down and over at several Jewish communities and two Arab villages. It looks down at the ancient city of Michmash, stronghold of Yonason HaMaccabee, who re-established Jewish sovereignty there during the era of the Chanukah wars. Those wars were waged against a foreign occupying force, the Syrian-Greeks (amazingly enough, Syrian president Assad is now inexplicably on a state visit to Greece, on the eve of Chanukah). These wars were also waged against another enemy trying to destroy Israel as a Jewish entity, an enemy within. The Hellenized Jews of the time of the Chashmonaim were a persistent and dedicated group of "worldly" Jews drawn to the "beauty" of Greek culture and alienated from their own heritage and from the God of Israel. They existed to ingratiate themselves by serving the whim of their foreign conquerors and to eliminate the yoke of their own heritage -- the Torah. They longed to be like the other nations of the world, free to indulge in whatever they wished, and to eradicate any vestige of what makes a Jew Jewish in the first place: The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the Land of Israel, and the Holy Torah itself.
Today, we are faced with the same enemies: world powers that are pushing the tiny Jewish state, pushing hard to divide and give away large portions of the Jewish homeland, the Land given to us eternally and irrevocably by God. The same enemies are still here, including the enemy within. They have existed in every era, from the time of Moshe, the time of the Chashmonaim, in Israel, in the diaspora, until this very day. This insidious enemy necessitated the institution, almost 2,000 years ago, of an additional blessing in the thrice-daily recitation of the Shemoneh Esrei prayer, against heretics (bircas haminim) in response to the internal enemies of that day, who became Sadducees, Christians and other heretical sects.
Today we see it is no different. Like then, the enemy within has the political power in our Land, cowtowing to the world powers that urge the weakening and dimunition of our tiny nation. And for what reason? Astonishingly, to appease and reward a vast multitude of Arab terrorist hordes who strive daily to destroy Israel along with its peaceful citizens. Make no mistake: these are the same Arabs who cheered the destruction and massacre at the Twin Towers, and who today, weep because of the capture of Saddam Hussein, as he cowered like a rat in a filthy hole in the ground. Their other role-model and hero, Yasser Arafat, also cowers like a rat in his decaying compound in Ramallah, but, alas, he is dangerous. This enemy continues to order and organize the murder of Jews in Israel, inside and out of the absurdity known as the 'green line." Is he brought to justice for these atrocities, is he stopped, is he captured or killed? No. Instead, he is courted by Peres, Beilin, and those of their ilk, the Hellenists of today. Homicide bombings and shootings of innocent Jewish people, women, children, babies, occur in the heart of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa. Just a few short years ago, then prime minister Ehud Barak offered the Arab murderers over 95% of our biblical heartland, Yesha (Yehuda, Shomron, Gaza)- the so-called West Bank, and they rioted and screamed it's not enough!
For the non-Jew to ignore this and try to placate these murderers- who again, seek the destruction of America as well- might be understandable in a depressing and existential sort of way, which has unfortunately been borne out repeatedly throughout the bloody histories of Christianity and Islam. After all, as our sages have made clear: Esau hates Jacob. But how can it be, after decades of unrelenting Arab violence; clear attempts to utterly destroy Israel; that a Jew today can differentiate between so-called 'Israel proper' and the 'West Bank?' In 1967, the Arab press of the early days of June of that fateful year gnashed their teeth with open proclamations of the impending destruction of the Jewish state and the slaughter of its inhabitants. You can check the Egyptian and other Arab newspaper accounts of those days.
At that time, there were no Jews in Yesha, yet they sought to destroy us anyway, in an unprovoked attack. Thank God, as we know, it didn't turn out that way -- God intervened and "worked a great victory and salvation as this very day." A friend of mine in the US Army tells me that this victory was so miraculous, that he was told by a commander at West Point that they do not teach the tactics of the Six Day War, because it follows no known or replicatable military strategic logic. The commander stated that they 'do not teach miracles' at West Point. Israel's victory saved itself; unified its most holy city; gave us back the holy Western Wall, denied by the British and the Arabs for decades; and it gave us the ability to reclaim the ancestral Jewish homeland in the West Bank- in Yesha.
Now, how can it be that a Jew today, after the incredible reality of the Six Day War, along with constant and repeated clear demonstrations by the Arab enemy that they are not interested in peace or in land, think that giving away our Land is ok? That this will actually result in 'peace'; that this is good for the Jewish people; good for Israel; and that this is what God wants us to do? I can only say that as a psychologist, I have seen delusional states, even psychotic illnesses, that reflected a higher grasp of reality than this.
Just outside our door, there are families living peacefully and productively on Migron, our beautiful and growing hilltop neighbor. Are they worried about Arabs? No. They have guns, and they know how to defend themselves should a terrorist try to infiltrate. But today, the children of Migron, who regularly play with soldiers who come up daily to enjoy the free coffee shop set up there specifically for cold and weary soldiers -- these children are now awaiting the roaring of bulldozers and cranes, along with an entire battalion of IDF soldiers, who have been ordered by today's hellenists, the government of the state of Israel, to come and forceably take away their homes -- without legal recourse, without compensation, without a home to go to elsewhere. Why? Because the United States, the Europeans, and the Hellenists inside the Jewish people itself, want it that way.
Today, we will go up to Migron. In the coming days, there will be thousands of us. The residents there need support. The government needs to see that our people -- Am Yisrael -- will not accept the deportation of fellow Jews from their homes in their homeland, homes that they were assured by this same goverment will be safe and secure. Homes that this government encouraged them to build and develop. Now, because of the latest ill-fated attempt at political machinations, today's Hellenists have decided that this community is expendable, and that families and young children will be forceably removed, something this government steadfastly refuses to consider to do to illegal Arab settlements in Israel.
We are in a twilight zone. As our sages and gedolim have told us, the world will be turned upside down in the End of Days. Surely, we are coming closer. It is also said that the Jewish people are compared to the moon. We may seem to be ebbing away, to be losing ourselves, to be disappearing. And just like that, we come back, and we thrive. It has been this way for over 3,000 years. We wax and we wane, but we have always known that "many designs are in man's heart, but the counsel of Hashem -- only it will prevail. For Hashem selected Zion, he desired it for His dwelling place. For God selected Jacob as his own, Israel as his treasure. For Hashem will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His heritage."
We have borne witness to many miracles wrought for our forefathers, in those days, at this time.
And, surely, the moon will rise again over Migron.