Monday, August 08, 2011

Gush Katif Painfully Recalled on Tisha B'Av

Those protesting for affordable housing cannot succeed – unless they repent for having stood by silently as Jews were expelled from their homes in Gush Katif. So says Rav Daniel Stavsky of Jerusalem, in a brief segment of his weekly Torah lecture.

“Those who ask for homes, for housing, and six years ago did not protest the expulsion of 10,000 Jews from their homes, and the demolition of their homes – it didn’t pain you then? You did not take to the streets? You have no right. You have no right,” the rabbi declared. “You didn’t care, it didn’t pain you, you didn’t go out to the streets. Now you want ‘a home, a home, a home.’ You have no right.”

(I want to add: Perhaps the protestors cannot buy or rent a home. But that isn't nearly as bad as having been thrown out of your homes, robbed of your homes and seeing your homes handed over to your worst enemy!)


  1. How can those who have just recently made Aliyah ask forgiveness to those who lost their houses in Gush Katif? We were in Los Angeles. The only thing we could do was educate our family and friends. Emails and letters were ignored. Everyone thought we were nuts.

  2. And AFTER you made aliyah - did you go out and protest for the right of those kicked out? Don't THEY have a greater plight TODAY than those who can't afford the housing?

    As for your armchair protests, have you yet gone out to stop traffic to protest the cruel apathy they have for Shalit and Pollard?