And not want to cry. Dancing and singing triumphantly that you defeated the “shilton hakofrim” that wanted to do what exactly – have you show up and fill out a form to get your draft deferment?! For refusing to do that you think you accomplished a kiddush Hashem on par with what Avraham Avinu did?!
I wanted to write more about bitul b’rov today, but es chatai ani mazkir wading through technicalities of dinei bitul while insanity is taking place is hard to do.
This whole debate about draft laws is just a symptom. The real question is this: Do you believe that the establishment of the State of Israel is theologically significant and that the building and support of the State has inherent religious value?
Do you want to stand hand in hand at rallies with Satmar, who view the State is a sin? Or do you think that the State is at best a vehicle to secure the safety of Jews and provide a nice place to setup yeshivos and no more than that? You can get that here in the United States. If that's all the State means, then how can you blame the chassidim who are ready to pack it in and leave because the means (in their view) no longer supports the end?
In the years I spent in MTA/YU I never once heard a Rebbe or Rosh Yeshiva speak about R’ Soloveitchik’s views on Zionism, much less Rav Kook’s. It was assumed that we supported the State, but why we should do so, is it aschalta d’geulah, how we should respond to that idea, etc. were just not addressed. The study of Zionism is not for a political science or history class – it belongs in the beis medrash, in the curriculum of our yeshivos. For shame that it's not there.
For shame that our talmidim don't even know the names of talmidei chachamim and gedolim in the dati-leumi and chardal world. Unless you live under a rock, if you are in the MO world you probably heard of R' Hershel Shachter, R' Aharon Lichtenstein, and a few other names, but that's about it. If you are a Rebbe in a MO high school, share a nice ma'amar on the parsha from R' Ya'akov Shapira. Share something from R' Ariel, from Rav Drukman. Dispel the notion that the chareidi world has a monopoly on Torah study and Jewish thought.
Sorry for the rant and the lack of coherency. I really don't know what you can say anymore in response to the lunacy out there, and feel like it's a waste of time anyway.