Thursday, June 21, 2007

"Pride Parade" - Aftermath

According to a recent article in Israel National News, though the "Pride Parade" took place, as scheduled, the post-parade "party" was cancelled due to a firefighters strike. After three petitions against the "parade" were rejected by the "Supreme Court" in Israel, including petitions by Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky and Shas MK Eli Yishai, the Court finally cancelled the post-parade party due to a last-minute petition filed against the party due to a firefighters strike. The post-parade party would have almost inevitably been worse than the parade itself as the participants would have likely been more lewd than while marching in the parade. So, many people were opposed to the parade and HaShem orchestrated things to occur in a manner whereby the post-parade "party" was cancelled. We should never give up and never surrender until we win the war against promiscuity completely.

A short distance away from the parade of perversion, which, according to the news, netted 2,000 participants, l'havdil, there was a peaceful prayer rally in another part of Yerushalayim, in spiritual opposition to the anti-Torah "pride parade". This pro-Torah gathering, in opposition to the "pride parade", netted 3,000 people.

It is very interested that 7,000 policemen were sent in to "protect" the participants in the "pride parade" - that would be 3.5 policemen for each participant in the parade. Is that overdoing it? It might seem to be the case, but, perhaps not. For, we see, that
HaShem protects The Jewish People when they don't doing things which would drive His Presence (Shechinah) away from their midst. The people who were at the prayer rally, I believe, did not have any "protection" from the police - protection from HaShem is far superior any day. However, to protect the "pride parade" the police set aside 7,000 policemen for the "protection" of 2,000 "pride" marchers. This simply follows that which we learn in our Holy Torah, as it says, "For HaShem your G-d walks in the midst of your camp to save you and to place your enemies before you and your camp shall be holy and there shall not be seen a thing of nakedness in your midst [lest] He turn from behind you." (Deuteronomy: 23; 15) On the above pasuk from The Torah, the Chofetz Chaim, zt"l, writes that immodesty drives the Divine Presence out of the Jewish camp. With the constant threat of terrorism, chas v'shalom, among many other things, we constantly rely on HaShem's protection, whether or not we are cognizant of that. Therefore, we should continue to fight against lewdness and fight on improvement of our Torah observance, as well as that of the entire Jewish People. Furthermore, we should work on our middos - character traits. By doing the above, we will continue to fight to preserve and increase the presence of HaShem's Shechinah within our midst. May we be successful in improving ourselves and the world around and overcome all darkness with the light of The Torah. Amein!


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