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Their Pain, Our Pain
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Their Pain, Our Pain

The missiles are aimed at all of us.

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Published: January 4, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 21

(21) Daniel, January 30, 2009 12:10 AM

It seems to me the arabs are living in another world, how could they say the Jews have "occupy their land".How did they got to that land in the first place and why did they leave "their land". Are the under some curse or have been blinded by their hatred of the jews

(20) David, January 10, 2009 5:14 AM

Innocence?

I am reading these comments made by good people siiting in their homes in the US, or Germany, People that can afford to claim "innocence" on the other side as well. I am in Ashdod, at a friend's home that is safer than my home which is even closer to the firing line around Gaza. My friends and neighbors, my children and grendchildren have been targeted by arab terrorists for all their lives. Countless missiles and bombs have been loobed with the intent to kill the innocent. I am a social worker, and I love humanity but - and it is a big BUT - too much is enough. Nobody in Gaza of today is more "innocent" than the population of Joshua's Jericho - and in war out people were charged to kill every last inhabitant of that city and countless others, all of them really innocent - but the people in Gaza of today are anything but innocent - they have been trying to kill all that are dear to me for tha past 8 years. All we wanted to do is kive in peace. So from your soft arcahirs in Berlin or New York or Timbukto - you cannot call mederers "innocent" - and thhose that have been trying to murder me and my innocent grandchildren are, as far as I am concerned "bnei mavet" - or sons of death, and that must be their fate - either them - or me. David

(19) Anonymous, January 9, 2009 8:28 AM

answer to "where is God" comment

I understand your question. I realize that it seems that God is not present when children are destroyed by missiles. I am certain that millions of people were asking themselves the same question during the Shoah.Most of my family was destroyed during that time, and yet I have come to understand something that, although painful to think about, is true. We all accepted the Torah at Mount Sinai. 6 000 000 neshamot were present, 600 000 accepted the Torah and ALL of its commandments.What are we doing now? Where is the religious state of Israel where Jews can be free? What tiny percentage of Jews perform the mitzvot we accepted to take upon ourselves? Maybe the question is not "where is God", maybe it is "where are WE when we promised to follow HIM?". I'm not saying only non-religious Jews suffer, clearly there are extremely pious Jews that suffer enormously. But we are ONE people. When some of us reject the Torah or parts of it, we ALL pay the price. What have we done for God? Where is our pride and honor in OUR Torah? Maybe those questions can bring about some change, even the tiniest one, in all of us. Maybe then, there will be peace for the Jewish people. Amen.

(18) ruth housman, January 8, 2009 8:38 PM

the answer must lie with God

I am wondering, through all of this, this painful, anguished, endless war, who truly speaks for God. Where is God? It seems to me that so many peoples are carrying that banner, saying God is on OUR side. On Aish there is this constant refrain about us, being Chosen, being the apple of God''s eye.

I can''t help having trouble with this, just as I am so troubled about these missiles. I am not blind, nor deaf, nor unfeeling. What would I do? Does this affect me, a Jew, living here in the United States? Of course it does, and must.

There are children on the other side. These are also innocents. Innocence is corrupted by hate, by ongoing upset. How would any mother feel on any side, when her home, her family, her children are wounded and blown up? Wouldn''t I hate, wherever I was born if I saw this happening? If I were taught about the "other"? We are not choosing our birthplace. We are born into it.

Where is God in all of this? Surely if God were on OUR side then what? Would this continue? How would it resolve. If God is about love then surely God cannot be loving some children more than others. To me, that''s plain, wrong if God is ONE, which is our mantra, the Jewish people. One refers in my mind to ALL peoples of the earth.
Perhaps it refers to ALL creation.

If we are special then everyone has done a dance and has been in each others'' tents so everyone has been a Jew. I am talking about reincarnation. I cannot understand any other explanation for Chosen. Chosen, for what? Special, for what? To take the world to a better place, a place of peace, a place where tikkun olam is universal? Then hatred has no place in all of this. Diversity of all kinds needs to be celebrated. Is it Chosen, to suffer? We have suffered.

When did we stop being the Family of Man? I am not talking here about stopping terror. I am talking about a deeper subject and I read such words on Aish, like wipe them all out. I am saying this frightens me. From Jews.


I read and read and think and think, and it is with sensitivity to all peoples, to humanity as a whole. No, I do not endorse terrorism. How could I?

You know, the solution cannot be lobbing bombs the other way. It simply cannot be the solution. History does not tell us this is the way to peace.

The solution to a deep problem like this must lie in confronting the truth that this small country cannot handle this many people, and if it could, then there has to be equality, trust and honor to all.

I hear so many words of hate that are flying in both directions. We who were once brothers, and there is Biblical history to confront here.

It''s not about sovereignty. The rain of tears and the reign of terror MUST stop.
Tell me how continued war can be an answer? When has this solved Israel''s problems?

Tell me, Who speaks for God?

(17) Danica, January 8, 2009 5:09 AM

It is true

I'm a none-jew from Germany and what you said is true. It's not just the one's in Sderot and now Ashkelon who are attacked. It's all over the world. And we need to stand up against this antisemitism! We have an enemy in common! That's why we have 3 rallys in Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt this sunday to support Israel!

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