Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A Call from Agudath Israel

(Click on the letter for a larger view)

This "Call" from Agudath Israel of America will appear as an advert in this week's Jewish News sponsored by Moshe Elkman - Chairman of Australian Friends of Gush Katif & Shomron.

Finally a reasoned plea for our brethren in Israel who are scheduled to be moved from their homes.

The text of the letter reads:

These are terribly trying times for Klal Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel. And it behooves us all, no matter our opinions on the wisdom of this imminent Israeli withdrawal from parts of our Holy Land, to pause and share in the pain and anguish of our Jewish brethren in Gaza.

Those residents are, overwhelmingly, idealistic, dedicated Jews. They are being forced by circumstances entirely beyond their control to give up their homes, their yeshivos, their shuls and their cemeteries, to be relocated abruptly to new surroundings. Whether or not the decision necessitating that relocation is politically or militarily correct, its effects are, unarguably, a deep personal tragedy for many thousands.

And so, during these days of Jewish mourning over the destruction of the Botei Mikdosh, it is only proper that we include in our hearts and in our tefillos, all those precious Jewish souls who are scheduled to be uprooted from the land to which they have been attached for many years. May Hakodosh Boruch Hu see fit to return his shechina to Tziyon ve'yolichenu komemius le'artzeinu.