With all the crap and mundanity that fills the blogosphere, it's hard to remember sometimes that valuable pearls can be posted as well. HonestlyFrum's latest piece on Gilad Shalit raises an important point worth repeating over and over:
Last week marked the 4th year that Gilad Shalit has been held captive by our enemy oppressors. Not a day goes by when Gilad is not in our tephilos and thoughts. However where is the outrage from the Jewish community? A few parents go to jail for breaking the law and keeping their kids segregated in school and the so called geldolei harrabonim call for protests and riots and a hundred thousand charedim take to the streets. Rubashkin is looking at a long prison term and in America and tehillim rallies are called as well as conference calls and speeches. Yet Gilad Shalit sits alone in a prison cell somewhere and there are no mass tehillim gatherings or rallies. There are no conference calls or protests. Time and again the international court has called for his release and time and again Hamas and the Arabs ignore the calls and defy the requests and we sit back silently. Before President Bush left office R' Pesach Lerner called on everyone to email and fax the white house to try and secure the release of a spy and traitor to the country, yet I have not heard one call from the National Counsel to pressure the White House on Gilad Shalit's behalf.
Why is there this double standard? On the one hand the community is called to go all out for charedi criminals and law breakers yet when it comes to Gilad Shalit only a handfull of people turn out in the streets of Israel on his behalf.
Would there be this much apathy if he wore a hat?
Let's review, shall we? In the last year the Agudah, the Gedolim and the Chareidi public has rallied for the following causes:
1) To save a convicted cop-killer from death row
2) To save a convicted tax fraud with a track record of cruelty to workers and animals
3) To defend Ashenazi racists who define being Sephardi as being religiously inferior
These are the great challenges our brethren to the right have taken upon themselves. However, for a religious (but non-Chareidi) soldier who was involved in the mitzvah of defending Eretz Yisrael and now fulfills the criteria for pidyon sh'vuyim? Not a peep. Not a care.
Here's my suggestion. I am going to provide some links to relevant posts on Cross-Currents. Go and leave a simple comment on each one: Why isn't Gilad Shalit as worthy of your attention? Given their strict "We won't post any comment that doesn't agree with us" policy it's doubtful we'll see the results of our efforts on our screens but perhaps a message will be sent.
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