Malala Vs. The Taliban

A 14 year old school girl threatens the Taliban. Lessons from Malala Yousafzai’s incredible courage.

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Comments (23)

(19) Gary Katz, December 12, 2012 9:53 PM

We need more Malalas

Her misfortune is being a civilized young woman, living among savages. The savages always seem to exercise disproportionate power, compared to their numbers, but that's what happens when someone thinks that shooting a young girl in the head will get them into Paradise. Sick.

(18) Anonymous, October 24, 2012 8:02 PM

what is the world coming too when a girl is shot for being indipendant and wants peace??

(17) ilyas abasi, October 20, 2012 9:39 AM

Malala is true face of my country. Pakistan is proud of Malala. We all are Malala. We love Peace. We want prosperity & Peace. Malala is an ardent fan of education which is real threat to Taliban & Alqaida but Washington / Islamabad & Kabul don't knew this open secret. Terrorist are afraid of education & human development. Thanks Aish for covering her story ! She deserves Nobel Peace Prize. She's symbol of liberalism & peace !!! Rgds, ilyas Lahore Pakistan

(16) Gilberto da Luz Rocha, October 18, 2012 6:02 PM


Malala, exemplo de coragem para o mundo.

(15) Bruriah eighth grade, October 18, 2012 5:48 PM

our support and best wishes

We would love to be able to communicate with Malala to tell her that we feel her pain and support all of her actions.We hope she is better soon. Her actions have made us realize how fortunate we are to have a topnotch education for girls. from the eighth grade girls

(14) Lisa, October 18, 2012 12:02 PM

Her passion is her mission!!

This story reminds me of the words of Rabbi Weinberg Z"L.....if we know what we will die for.....all the more so do we know what we would live for? She apparently does!! I would never let my child be put in harms way....not many parents would.

(13) Adrienne Weisman, October 18, 2012 12:06 AM

Malala should receive the Pulitzer Prize!

I hope this little girl will make a complete recovery and be able to continue her fight. Except this time with our support we will add hundreds, no millions of voices to hers. There has to be a way to keep her safe from the Taliban and let her continue to spread her word. Women of the world we must unite.

ilyas, October 20, 2012 9:40 AM

Malala deserves

Yes, I agree with you. she deserves appreciation beyond any discrimination. She spoke for education. She spoke for human development !!

(12) Linda, October 17, 2012 10:51 PM

Voices of the courageous should not be silence! She just wants to have what others have when you have a dream. Never give up Malala we are praying for you! God is on your side! Keep strong and bless you!

(11) Donna, October 17, 2012 6:55 PM

We'd All Better Care About What Goes On In Pakistan

it is disappointing but not surprising that most of us would not pay much attention to what goes on in Pakistan. Why? Remember: this is the country which harbored Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists.even though they deny it. Are we so enveloped by our own Jewish bubbles that we care so little about the rest of the world? Oh, yes. We'd better care. This amazing child has been speaking up for the same rights we as Jews have been granted by HaKodesh Baruch Hu since we received the Torah on Har Sinai. Each of us has been given (and expected to use) our free choice for all things good, as long as these choices do not hurt anyone else. Yet here, in Parkistan, a precious neshama has been shouting out for her right to be educated, not enslaved. Does she not have the right to request and receive education the same as we Jews? The difference is she got a bullet in the head for her cries. Would I let my child do this, R'Salomon asks? I would like to believe that I would find a safer way for my child; I would like to believe that I would protect her from harm's way in any manner possible. But the truth is that I can't even relate to living in a society that would seek to destroy me and mine for wanting what G-d says is my right to ask for. I cannot relate to living somewhere where someone can come up to me or my child and put a bullet in our heads for something as fundamental as eating. Why does the US gov't have diplomatic relations with these animals? For the same reasons they have supported every other miserable dictator & autocrat, and now the Muslim Brotherhood, who received an invitation to the White House while PM Netanyahu was not even deemed worthy of a meeting. I know, I ramble. I am filled with horror, disappointment and sadness at what happened to that child. And I ask: is her life worth less or more than the children who are being slaughtered in Syria today, the ones who were slaughtered in the Holocaust? Let's close our eyes; maybe it will all go away.

(10) Anonymous, October 17, 2012 5:24 PM

Adults inside and outside of Pakistan should be ashamed!

What a shame that a child had to take the hit for thousands of cowardly ADULTS inside and outside of Pakistan! Adults should weep that they allowed this to happen. No amount of adult admiration for Malala can compensate for the cowardice of adults. Shame! Shame! Shame!

(9) Jay K. Longacre, October 17, 2012 4:49 PM

In laying down your life for others, you will live forever!

However long Malala lives on earth, it will be a pittance compared to her eternal life! In laying down her life for others, she will live for ever in paradise.

(8) Norka Mejia, October 17, 2012 2:26 PM

I admire this young lady

She is so brave and with courage,and valient little woman Malala I will be praying for get well sun My GoD bless you so much.

(7) Cherrie Elmes Ricca, October 17, 2012 6:15 AM

Change the world

I feel humbled by the courage of this young girl. May she fulfill her dream and one day become a doctor. Inellectual starvation results in intellectual hunger. May many more 'starving' children and girls find the way to improve themselves, to reach their potential and make a mark upon the world. G-d bless you Malala

(6) Sidney, October 17, 2012 12:03 AM

No theist pluralism as far as the Torah is concerned

You wrote "Even with those who are praying to pluralistic god systems or other traditions, we must respect." As an American I cannot interfere with other religions and from a humanistic point of view you are correct. However because this posting is on an Aish site, I am compelled as a Torah Jew to state the following: "The Torah has tolerance for several things. However the Torah has ZERO tolerance for pluralistic gods or for idol worship." According to the Talmud this, with equal force, is one of the few rules that also apply, to gentiles.

Melissa, October 17, 2012 3:38 PM

zero tolerance factor

but i did not say that Malala's god should be your 'god'. i simply was discussing this on a humanistic level. How can uneducated Pakistani women even have the chance to encounter Torah if their governments are, in some areas of Pakistan, not honoring them by not even allowing a proper secular education? Human rights are at stake, not just Torah mandates.

Sidney, October 17, 2012 11:13 PM

Your Clarification

Thanks for your clarification; it makes much sense. (BTW I am glad you figured out that I was replying to #2; somehow though it got posted as an independent comment.)

(5) Les, October 16, 2012 10:18 PM

Courage and trust in G -d

An amazing story of what humans are capable of. Courage and bravery and trust. I pray to hear wonderful things in years to come about this young girl.

(4) Rachel, October 16, 2012 9:45 PM

all in good time

My children are now on the cusp of adulthood. While I regularly told US military recruiters not to contact them when they were younger, I would respect my children's decisions if they made a different choice (although I'd still be worried every moment of every day.....) But I'm sure I would not have encouraged my children to do anything dangerous, however noble, at the age of 11. (14 being post bar/bat mitzvah, we'd have to really discuss it....) I'm disturbed by your assertion that most of us don't know much about Pakistan or care about what's going on there. The non-Orthodox are generally far more concerned about universal human rights, social justice, etc. than we in the Orthodox community. If we are for ourselves only, what are we?

Miry, October 17, 2012 4:44 PM

I guess it will be best for your damily for other children to fight and provide you with the freedmom you have

How do you fight for justice or what you call social justice? If we all hide ourselves from harms way and not take a stand as Europe did in WWII where will we end up?

(3) Anonymous, October 16, 2012 8:49 PM

Bravo Malala! We look forward to see what a difference you will make to your world.

(2) TMay, October 15, 2012 5:50 AM


The Jews in Spain went into hiding or moved. When the other side has the weapons and the killers you will end up dead. Keep your light lit and hidden.

(1) Melissa, October 14, 2012 3:04 PM

a 'dangerous dilemma'

i know many, who given less dangerous conditions, would do simply nothing. it seems to road to gehenna is paved, not just by good intentions, but simply our lukewarm "courage" or for some, "motivation". if i can't win ... some think, then why try at all? now if you have a mission to do, its not about winning or losing, its about being a beacon of light to the world, and your sisters and brothers, jews or not. Even with those who are praying to pluralistic god systems or other traditions, we must respect -as the example is given here - that all human beings have an indominitable godly soul that bring HIS light and courage and faith to this world. And Malala is one of them. May G-d bless & may you choose to humbly add her name to your daily prayers. Shalom.


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