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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

With Apologies To Danny Hirschberg

ערב ראש חודש התשעי תשע"ג

I was messaged the other day by my good friend the Kalashnokover Rebbe shlit"a.

He pointed out that one more member should be added to the Mustache Brigade, and that I was remiss in not having already done so.  The Mustache Brigade (or Club) is made up of the The Jewish Home Party MK's and former MK's, who seem to think that a mustache is something even remotely Jewish.

That's not surprising, as The Jewish Home Party is not really Jewish, certainly not a Home, and only a re-invented Party, which, to my dismay, refuses to die already!

The "Mustache Club"

What's the candidates name?  Danny Hirschberg (below).  Danny is the head of the [allegedly Religious Zionist] B'nei Akiva organization.  He recently spoke at the annual Rabin Fest Kickoff Memorial. The following report from Arutz 7/IsraelNN is worth posting here in its entirety.

What is a man his age doing wearing THAT shirt?? B'nei Akiva obviously knows nothing of fashion halakhah.
Arutz 7: Bnei Akiva Controversy: 'Rabin Opposed Our Values' 
Bnei Akiva head’s decision to speak at Rabin memorial pleases the left, but causes consternation within the movement.

Maayan Miskin, October 26, 2012

Bnei Akiva head Danny Hirschberg’s agreement to speak at this year’s memorial for slain Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin has pleased the left, but is causing controversy within the Bnei Akiva movement. “Rabin was the opposite of what we stand for,” some argue.
After Hirschberg announced his decision, the Bnei Akiva branch in Itamar was the first to urge him to reconsider. “The guns that Yitzchak Rabin gave the Arabs were used, and continue to be used, in lowly acts of killing and murder of Jewish residents of Israel,” the group said.

Bnei Akiva in Itamar was particularly hard hit by terrorism when in early 2011 terrorists slew the parents and three of the five siblings of Tamar Fogel, a member of the youth group.

The Bnei Akiva branch in Hevron later submitted an appeal against Hirschberg’s plan to speak as well. In a letter, the Hevron branch noted that Bnei Akiva youth worldwide recently took part in an event in which they committed themselves to honoring the values of the movement.

“We learned from you… that a loyal person is one who ‘does not seek society’s approval and does not copy what others are doing, but instead is guided by his own path and his soul.’ Isn’t participation in this rally in contradiction?” the letter asked.

“Rabin gave weapons to the worst of our enemies, and when those guns were used to murder our sons and daughters, Rabin called them ‘sacrifices for peace,’ and calmly moved on!” the letter charged. In a parenthetical aside, it added, “Bnei Akiva can take ‘pride’ in the number of orphans it is raising thanks to that ‘glorious’ legacy.”

The letter went on to quote Rabin in his harsh criticism of the political right, noting a statement in which Rabin said right-wing rabbis were “poisoning our society.”

“Participation in the rally will be taken as agreement with the principles it was founded on,” the letter-writers warned. “We must be clear! We have no part in the poison, incitement and hate that ooze from his words.” Bnei Akiva should choose a different time and place to seek unity with the political left," they concluded.
Gee.  Maybe, B'nei Akiva is Religious Zionist after all.  Well,...at least some of the chapters might be, like Itamar and Hevron.  Well, now that I think about it, that last sentence pretty much ruins any of the remotely positive statements highlighted above.

Even more embarrassing is that Hirschberg lives in TalmonTalmon is situated between Modi'in on the west, and Beth-El on the east.  Its small cluster of towns, which includes Dolev and Neriah, is often referred to as being on the Israeli government's "first to go" list (חו"ח).  The farmers there are attacked by Yishma'elim (Arabs) on a regular basis, and so are their trees and vineyards.

I have no idea if Hirschberg is on the Jewish Home Party list, or has any intentions of running for it in the future.  But, it doesn't matter.

His confusion of Western values with Jewish values, his total ineptitude, his political idiocy (or savvy), and utter insensitivity put him well over the top to qualify for membership in the Mustache Club.

(K-Rebbe, did I forget anything?)

And so, Danny Hirschberg, with apologies for not having done so already, I officially add you to the "Mustache Club."


1 comment:

Ariel Ben Yochanan said...

B"H – I jumped some paragraphs here because uninvolved with part-y knesset politics, but if I was involved, I'd agree. So, let me remind people here that kneset is not a Torah institution and therefore in my extreme, unshared and isolated view it should not be subject of our (Jewish) attentions. Not only it is not a Torah institution, it is an outright anti-Torah body on the Land and as a consequence we should be treating it as such. No Jew should run for knesset and no Jew should vote for it either. Isn’t it like going to Ahasuerus banquet? This time let’s not forget that we voted for Hashem under the Mount in Sinai, for all generations. These Hellenists only want to divide us and pursue their own, individual ambitions. Besides, even according to their own rules they cheat and happily come together in coalition governments, after the elections: a fraud.

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