Wednesday, June 01, 2011

how soon we forget!

Daughter #2 told me that in one of her classes today (Social Studies) the teacher asked if anyone knew what today was. One kid volunteered that it was "Yom.. something," but that was about it (except for Daughter #2, who knew).

Daughter #3 had an assembly today.... devoted to the topic of shemiras halashon.

My son came home from yeshiva and also had no idea what today was -- "Why didn't you tell me?"

Im eskacheich Yerushalayim...! Should I be disappointed in what I'm getting for my thousands of dollars of tuition? Is learning about one of the most significant events in Jewish history in the past 50 years something that is important only if you go to a certain type of yeshiva but not a different type? Is Yerushalayim -- its history, its meaning, its recapture -- something we take so for granted that we don't need to speak about it anymore?

We all know Hashem works midah k'neged midah. Do you need to be an oracle to see a connection between our lukewarm response to Yom Yerushalayim and the plans of the EU, Obama, and others to turn back the clock to before 1967?

When will our nation wake up???


  1. Garnel Ironheart9:23 PM

    > When will our nation wake up???

    Given our historical track record? One day too late.

  2. great unknown7:37 AM

    Uk'dai bizayon...

  3. Yom Yerushalayim is erroneously equated with Yom Ha'atzma'ut. I wish someone (read: "I'm too lazy to do it myself") would develop a meaningful tachnit to celebrate this wonderful day. Hallel gets into too many halachic issues, but there's a whole world of alternatives out there- like the Tzefas people created Kabalas Shabbos out of thin air, we could do the same for Yom Yerushalayim.

  4. great unknown1:51 PM

    Well, there wouldn't have been a Yom Yerushalaim without Yom Ha'Atzmaut, now,would there have been? So it's at least a dovor hama'amid.

  5. I've written trh same before. I have no problem with someone not saying hallel - so do something else. Say a shiur in kedushas yerushalayim, kedushas hamikdash, etc. But you can't be pareve. A lack of hakaras hatov is not pareve -- it's bad, plain and simple.

  6. great unknown8:41 PM

    Not so tangentially, about forty years ago [Rav]Zushe Blech told me an interesting and subtle test of a yeshiva bochur's frumkeit: ask them to say "Al Naharos Bavel" by heart.