Thursday, August 07, 2008

Still In Denial?

6 of the Fifth Month 5768

Does the Pesha* Council (Yehudah, Shomron, and Azza) still deny it has been collaborating with the government to expel Jews from their homes?

Binyamin Council Rejects Chever's Offer on Migron
5 Av 5768, August 6, '08, 10:09 PM

( The Binyamin Regional Council management rejected the proposition by Ze'ev Chever ("Zambish") to cooperate with the government in the eviction of the residents of the Migron community, which the government says is an illegal outpost.

Chever's position was rejected by a vote of six to one.

Now that's what the Binyamin Regional Council has to say. We haven't heard the last of this. That's obvious. I previously predicted that there might actually end up being an agreement of some sorts between the residents themselves and the government, to relocate. Thus any "rulings" of the Binyamin Council would be rendered irrelevant.

Most residents of Migron are mamlachtim, albeit of the frumer than average, Rav Tzvi Tau variety. Mamlachtim generally have nutty ideas about the relationship between Am Yisrael and the [almighty, lehavdil] State of Israel, like that we have to listen its government even when it makes pronouncements against hallachah.

רמב"ם: הלכות מלכים ומלחמות

ג,י [ט] המבטל גזירת המלך בשביל שנתעסק במצוות, אפילו במצוה קלה--הרי זה פטור: דברי הרב ודברי העבד, דברי הרב קודמין. ואין צריך לומר אם גזר המלך לבטל מצוה, שאין שומעין לו.

Ramba"m: Laws of Kings and Wars

3:10 [9] One who nullifies a decree of the king for the sake of being involved with misswoth, even a lesser misswah -- is exempt [from punishment]. The words of a rabbi, the words of a servant, the words of the rabbi take precedence. And one does not need to say that if the decree of the king nullifies a misswah, that one does not listen to him.

...all the more so, one does not listen to someone, who is not a king, which decrees the nullification of misswoth.

The above quote from the Ramba"m was invoked more than once by Rabbi Meir Kahane HY"D. No body seemed to get it; no body offered any legitimate, hallachic argument, just the usual "No, you don't understand. It's more complicated than that."

No, it's not in the least bit complicated. But since when have the mamlachtim employed hallachic reasoning in these matters?


*Pesha is Hebrew for "crime," and rhymes with "YeSh"A."

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