Monday, July 10, 2006

Rabbi Brody is Right On The Mark: The Physical War Against Our Enemies and the Spiritual War Against Immodesty and Immorality Are One

I noted on a recent post that the fight to stop the "Impure Parade" seems to be beginning to bear some fruit as the event looks as if it will be moved to Tel Aviv.

The following is Rabbi Lazer Brody's response:

"Kol HaKavod, YRE, but the war to get it out of Yerushalayim is far from over yet. The Yetzer wants us all to relax, and it's not yet time to relax."

Rabbi Brody is right on the mark - we still must do our utmost to move this parade of perversion out of our Holy City of Yerushalayim. Yes, the Yetzer Ha'Ra (Evil Inclination), noting the strong opposition to the planned desecration of Yerushalayim, attempts to draw the forces of holiness (those of us who stand up for what the Torah commands us) away from this war for Yerushalayim.

There are two wars currently going on which are really one - a spiritual war and a physical war. The secret to victory in the physical war is dependent on our performance in the spiritual war. Maybe that's why Yitzchak tells his son Ya'akov, "הקל קול יעקב והידים ידי עשו" - "The voice is the voice of Ya'akov and the hands are the hands of Eisav" (Bereishis: 27; 22); For if the voice is that of Ya'akov's - learning Torah and fighting the "מלחמות ה" "The wars of HaShem" (Bamidbar: 21; 14), they will be successful in the physical war, with weapons.

In fact, the Kli Yakar comments on the verse from Bereishis that we learn in Bereishis Rabbah (65; 20) that as long as Ya'akov (i.e. the Jewish People) learn Torah, Eisav does not have power over us - it is the voice that pushes away our enemies hands.

In the gemara Brachos 62b, we learn that David had the right to kill King Saul, however the trait of modesty of Saul protected him from death at the hands of David:

"And he said to kill you and he had pity on you." (Samuel I: 24; 11) [The verse] in the place of "he said" should [state] "I said" and [in the place of] "he had pity [should have stated] "I had pity". Rabbi Elazar said, David said to Saul, based on the Torah [law] you are liable to death, for you are a pursuer [intent on murdering] and the Torah says "One who come to kill you, arise to kill him". Rather, it was the tznius (modesty) that you had which had pity over you." The gemara explains that Saul was very modest when relieving himself, going into the depths of the cave. Such modesty on Saul's part brought about Divine Protection for Saul.

If King Saul, the righteous king was protected due to his modesty while on a hunt to kill David the righteous, how much more so would the Jewish People and Israel be successful in fighting our evil enemies, who themselves commit acts openly reprehensible.

To conclude, Rabbi Brody's posts on immodesty and lack of protection against missiles resembles the words of the Chofetz Chaim:

"For HaShem, your G-d, walks in the midst of your camp to save you... and there shall not be seen in your midst nakedness, and He turns from behind you." (Devarim: 23; 14-15)

The above is the verse quoted by the Chofetz Chaim in a letter (1924) when the Jewish People were suffering great troubles. The Chofetz Chaim noted that it was the immodest dress of the women that lead to a lack of Divine Protection and the troubles were occurring as a result. Furthermore, the immodest dress of women is the only thing which leads to "the turning away" of HaShem's Presence."

To stop this barrage of attacks and increase our effect on the physical war on terror, we must encourage modesty for all women of Bnei Yisrael. Similarly, we must oppose the event of immodesty planned for Yerushalayim. Just as there should be modesty all over Israel, so too must we not invite the great immodesty into Jerusalem. It is all one war. The spiritual war against immodesty relates to the physical war against our enemies.


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