Recently I read an interesting article titled, America Has Shifted to the Left and the Culture War is Over
. It made a great point of showing how conservatism is dying away and quickly being replaced by the younger, more progressive and liberal-minded generations. What is the problem with this? Well, if you're a traditionalist at heart, meaning you still treasure old-fashioned morals such as getting married and raising a family with wholesome values, then you're in the ever-shrinking minority. If you want your children to be raised with a strong sense of respect and what's right and wrong, you're in the minority. If you think that kids need a mom and a dad that are married and live in the same house in order to be raised properly, you're in the minority.
Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana.
This one particularly upsets me- what's left of the "say no to drugs" speech we're supposed to give our kids? It wasn't difficult for a kid to get his hands on marijuana if he wanted to, but now we're telling him, "Here you go, son, take a hit before you cram for that calculus exam tomorrow." Seriously. And furthermore, how is a kid supposed to understand the difference between pot and cocaine? If they're both drugs, what makes one okay and the other off-limits? I strongly believe that marijuana is the gateway to heavier drug use- if a kid is going to experiment with this drug, what's going to stop him from trying ecstasy or acid? It's completely messed up!
Usually the Jewish people are protected from such catastrophe [Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene]
. But this time it seems like the Jewish people were particularly targeted for destruction- communities with high Jewish populations were devastated by the storm. The question is- why?
Wallerstein makes the connection between the legalization of gay marriage and the Frankenstorm. One year ago, exactly a week before Hurricane Irene hit New York, gay marriage was legalized. This year, exactly one week before Hurricane Sandy, there was a motion to overturn gay marriage, and it was denied. The problem is not only that it was legalized- the problem was that not one Jew demonstrated against it. No Rabbis, no congregations made any demonstrations. Not one Jew took a stand to defend his Torah, the value system given to us by Hashem Himself, and said, "I don't support gay marriage."
People are terrified of being ostracized, of not having public approval. They're afraid they might get fired or lose a few friends. But are they terrified of what Hashem thinks of them? Do they care that they're accepting the values of a depraved, spiritually (and materially) corrupt nation over their own Judaism? Do they even identify as Jews anymore? Where in the Torah does it say that gay marriage is okay?
The problem [...]
is not about being gay. If you want to be gay, that's your choice, and you will have to deal with the spiritual consequences one day. The problem is that now, gay marriage is viewed as equal to marriage between a man and a woman. Gay marriage is now viewed as sanctity, a holy act between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. This is disgusting in Hashem's eyes. How dare people raise sodomy to the same level and holiness as marital relations.
I'm screaming, because it hurts. It hurts me to see what assimilation has done to our people. It hurts me to see how we have traded in our holiness, our royalty, for cheap thrills. It hurts me to see how most Jews don't want to come back home, to Your beloved Israel- the land You set aside as their inheritance. It hurts to see how they would prefer to live among the goyim and continue to adopt their culture and lifestyle instead of living how You want us to live. It hurts me to no end that sweet, innocent children will be taught that a man marrying a man is the same as a man marrying a woman. It's like giving them a choice that they should never get. But do You know what hurts me the most, Hashem? That I have to witness the next generation of Jews not even be given a chance to live by Your Torah. Most Jews don't live in homes that put their religion first. They go to pseudo-Jewish schools and once they're home, the Judaism is forgotten about. And those are the lucky ones. The unlucky ones go to public schools and never, ever get a taste of what it means to be Jewish for their entire lives.
Hashem, it hurts. It really, really hurts.
Parents, take an objective look at the environment your kids are growing up in. Where do you see your kids 5, 10, 15 years from now? What is the likelihood that your children will continue to be Jewish? What is the likelihood that your daughters won't tell you they're pregnant when they're 16? What spiritual glue is going to keep your kids and their spouses together when the going gets tough?
Racheli Reckles, Breslev.co.il 19 Comments
[3/20/2015 3:08:21 AM]
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