The Beis Halevi in Parshas SHemos on how we exist among the nations. Tehillm Kuf Hay says Hashem made the mitzrim hate us. The Beis HaLevi asks, why is this included in a tehillim listing praises of Hashem’s kindness?
He refers to a Medrash Rabbah (Shemos Aleph Ches) that when Yosef passed away Bnei Yisrael stopped doing bris milah and said they would be like the mitzrim. Because of this, Hashem transformed the mitzrim’s love into hatred, a new king arose and made decrees against us. The Beis HaLevi says our true identity(? What’s a better translation for Tzura here) that we are a holy nation fully separated from the nations, different from them completely. So it says in Medrash Rabbah Shir Hashirim 1:21, Just as oil doesn’t mix with liquids, so too we don’t mix with the nations, (something in parenthesis I diidn’t get) and Hashem gave us the Torah and mitzvos to separate us. When we were in mitzraim, even though we weren’t given the mitzvos, and we didn’t really have a a prohibition against trying to be like the mitzrim (not sure if I got this part exactly right), we were already starting to mix with the mitzrim and get affected by their tumah, and this is the opposite of the ikar of the mitzvos, which are to keep us separate. After we started to remove what separates us form the mitzrim, Hashem separated us(?) form them by making the hate us. This was not a punishment but a protection.
The Beis Halevi goes further. We did not need this tovah until after we stopped doing bris milah. If we had kept it and kept separate, it wouldn’t have been necessary and they would have continued to like us as before.
He writes further, this is what we see (B’chush?) in this long galus in the lands of Hagar (referring to Arab and eastern countries?) and Roman lands which every day increase their hatred. Logically, the hatred should leave and stay minimal, just like anything which is for a period of time and then ends. But the true cause of this is as we explained, that when we lessen the separations given through the Torah, through Torah and mitzvos, Hashem increases their hatred so we will be kept separate. Only through keeping Torah and mitzvos will we gain favor in their eyes. Such was the matter in our days in Germany, that there the hatred and anti-Semitism increased because we drew close with the goyim more, and the Ratzon Hashem is that we stay separate, and so their hatred is good for us to keep us from mixing. Such are the words of the Beis Halevi, in short.
Even though the Beis HaLevi said this regarding us and the nations, it applies, with all its particulars, to the separation between Shomrei Torah UMitzvos and keep their lives full of yiddishkeit(?), and between freethinkers(?) who uproot Torah and cast off its yoke. The attitude and approach of frum yidden to these freethinkers must be like David Hamelech said in Tehillim 139 “Surely, those who hate You, I hate, And those who come up against You I fight; with a complete hatred I hate them, they are to me my enemies.” “Complete hatred” means all that it is possible hatred(??) in the word, so there should be with (there is by?) these freethinkers, because “they are to me my enemies” mamash enemies, exactly as it sounds, (for example not less than the hatred of Hamas towards Am Yisroel); therefore this needs to be the conduct of those who fear Hashem, to hate these freethinkers who uproot Torah, completely. If this is so, the result is a reversal, that they wont hate us, but instead they will take appraisement(?) towards us, and treat us with respect. Not so if we befriend them and mix with them, love them, and live with them as one. Then the opposite will happen, they will come to hate us, and their hatred will grow into anti-Semitism, (not sure how to translate Norah Noraos).
??? we are all witnesses to see big signs with false words of incitement, appearing in the roads of the city on buses, to incite the crowds, that kollel men receive annuity of about 3500 shekalim a month, while soldiers receive 350 a month. And I ask, is this not lighting a blazing fire of hate in the hearts of freethinkers, until it’s possible ??? also the paper of Hitler ym”sh in Germany Der Sturmer known ??? at length ??? Goebels and Streicher ym”sh do not do this again???. Der Sturmer did act to stir up hatred in matters like this, and if so(?) this is really a shame and disgrace to them, to be like the Sturmer. If there is in them a bit of humanity, a little mentchlikeit, they wouldn’t do this to turn the people aginst the Chareidim, to slander citizens openly. This is a shame and disgrace to those who do it, and this is besides the essence of it being complete lies, no bears and no forest(?). But there is to this incitement a true cause, since we befriended(?) them and lived(?) with them with love, and joined together with them, the opposite happened, that they turned around and hated us more.
I will tell what I saw in Eretz Yisroel about 70 years ago in kiruv. in the spring of 5706 (1946), I was involved in the shlichus of the Griz zt”l to the secular kibbutzim of Hashomer Hatzair and Mapai. When I entered, immediately they approached me and asked what I needed, and received me with cheery faces, and treated me with derech eretz, even though they saw I am adorned with peyos and a beard. They honored me a lot and gave me drink and fruits to eat, despite seeing that I am a Charedi belonging(?) to Charedim. And I ask, are they not the low end(?) or Tzionim as is well known, that everything that has a smell of religion they draw away from, and they rage with full strength against Judaism and Yiddishkeit, and have a shitah of fighting with religiousness; but they still treated us at that time with derech eretz and menschlikeit. And never even dared to ignite fire and inflame stam hatred empty and meaningless, with the frequent pressure from their papers, like we see today, and this speaks volumes. In truth this is the secret of the matter, that when we want to draw close to them, Hashem makes them move away from us and hate us.
Already now in the beginning of creating the Tzioni, when they were beginning to pick up(?) a head, Rav Chaim Brisker zt”l wrote strongly ??? against them. And I heard from my master the Griz that he said, in his time they wrote agains them, and publicized this information, but the people didn’t understand wny he came out so strongly. But already(?) they all saw the bad that Zionism brought to Am Yisroel, and came out against the Zionists. Agudah in Poland and Yerushalaim were also very zealous in this, and fought strongly against them, already seeing the evil it was bringing to us.
So too all the years that we fought against the Tzioni, when everyone saw and recognized their bad in every place, until they started to speak(?) about the medinah to Am Yisroel, from then on they slowly began to mix with them, from then on going down and down, and slowly the deep-rooted hand conflict towards them faded away, and in it’s place, to fight alongside them in all matters(??), beginning partnerships with them. the Griz zt”l gave a mashal to enlighten the matter, comparing it to a train that had its locomotive standing(??) in the wrong direction, west instead of east, so too to stand with the Tzioni, we are turning around and partnering(?) with them in effect(??).
What can we say about a situation like today, that a generation grew up that already isn’t concerned(?) about him at all, and don’t feel shocked at all on the situation that befell yiddishkeit, not at all protesting and not demonstrating because all feelings are blocked up towards the pritzus( in this context lawlessness?) of the generation. Then in the years 5708-5715 (1947/8-1954/5) by each breaching Yerushalaim stormed(?) and was horrified. Also in the time that they were establishing mixed swimming pools in ramat gan, I remember how the village(?) then stormed powerfully, and if like today(?) anything like this passes in silence and already they aren’t concerned. Stores are open on Shabbos kodesh, ??? houses of selling(?) another kind of meat(?) in many places, and there are also missionaries. The situation today is very ?? bad, few days pass without ceremonies(?) converting about 20 Jews to Christianity, and no one speaks out. Everything is desolate and being destroyed (?), eradicating all Judaism from the generation, and all because we drew close to them, until our sensitivity was closed to the pritzus, and therefore all that was before us is forgotten and lost, like a steep fall(?), from a high roof to a deep pit.
And look, now after we drew them close for many years, and mixed well with them, now we see the consequence, they say all Bnei HaYeshiva should go serve in the military, and the incitement was strengthened until the whole country says these things, that all be recruited to the army.
IN the year 5709, when the politicians were speaking (?) about drafting bnei yeshiva, the heads of the army explained their stance, and declared that they did not want the Charedim in the army. They would put up Shuls and make minyanim and set up Batei Midrashim to learn, and would need mikvaos, who needs them? And this was spread in all the newspapers. But now that we have joined with them, and showed them the way(?), ???, therefore this trouble came on us, that they want to draft the all the bachurim from yeshivos, this awful decree, that from it the yeshivos will close and Bnei Yisroel will be mevatel Torah, Rachmona Litzlan.
The matter is clear, that if we hate them and separate from them, and be careful to stay far from them, the order of ??? bnei yeshivos against(?) the army, will be withdrawn today, the order already had been withdrawn about 60 years, and no doubt it was(?) withdrawn to be still in power(?). Why(how?) are we different from the Arabs who they don’t dare tie up to army service. And now(?) with clear design(?) and the tal law, in the beginning of their formation, they try to arrange dialogue with the Arabs in question, that they also need to join, at least in sheirut leumi, the arabs respond together, and reject the demand outright, and even threaten and say that if they are conscripted, another intifada would break out, and all that’s happened so far would be like a mashal to what they would bring onto them. Since the heads of the country saw their refusal, immediately they abandoned it, and the matter against us will go likewise, if we refuse their order to enlist with all force.
Let us see and understand(?), it is upon us to detest the zionists more than the arabs do, because their hatred is based on fighting over land, and our hatred is because they trample the Torah, and uproot yiddishkeit, and they are ememies against Hashem, and they wish to take our lives from us, because is not the Torah our life as we say each day “Heim Chayenu”, and without the life of Torah it isn’t life. If we reacognize and understand this, and feel that they want to kill us, we will fight them with purpose, and hate them more than the Arabs do, and we don’t fall into notions like this, and it won’t come onto their minds to compel us to take part in their military service, and to go to us with force, to force a draft on out bachurim who fear and dread the Word of Hashem. There is matter(?) to not ?? against them(?) any force to draft, and ???, to to fight with us shoulder to shoulder, just like by us, we hate the medina openly without fear, because they are from our enemies, and we are against them, and if we cry out so immediately in the beginning they wont touch out sons for bad, and they will leave us to our lives, seeing our determination to refuse to with all out(?) strength.
However, today the situation is the opposite, originally we wanted nothing to do with them, now we mix with them and draw near to them, and want to benefit(?) ???, come and prosecute us with this draft, saying if we benefit we also have obligations.. But if Am Yisroel is accustomed properly(?), and we have the correct custom(?) of “Your enemies I hate and those who rise against you I fight”, and we seize in the depths of our hearts that Zionism is a bad thing, and the medinah uproots the Torah, a “treif pig(??)” and it is worse than missionaries and worse than Communism, then this tzara wouldn’t come on us, and there wouldn’t be taking shape(?), just the opposite, they wouldn’t touch us at all or want us to join.
And now what is there for us to do, what is the obligation of every talmid and ben yeshiva? ???, the whole generation is covered in darkness, in any case our generation hasbgreat maalos, there are many students in yeshivos ketanos, who learn with mesiras nefesh, with geshmak. I once entered a yeshiva ketana and my heart was widened(?) seeing how they were immersed in limud Torah, and they wanted only Torah and yiras Shamayim. And so too the precious studnets learning in yeshiva gedolos, who til ad delve into Torah without other considerations(?). Not so at a time(in the past?), that the parents sent their children to secular schools, today they all send their children only to Talmud Torahs and Batei Chinuch Ksherim(?) for daughters, all wanted the Torah upbringing. Klall Yisroel wants to hear the word of Torah and daas Torah, Klall Yisroel is good, and want good(?), but ??? direct the congregation on their opinions, and ??? young hearts and divert their minds from learning Torah.
In any case it is incumbent on us to strengthen ourselves, it is obligatory for every Ben Torah and Ben Yeshiva to strengthen himself greatly in learning Torah, and Bnei Torah must put aside all the side nonsense, and take themselves with a;lll their strength tolearn Torah, and toil in it, and to comprehend it, and all within tahor yiras shamayim. To ask good questions, difficult Rambams, Rabbi Akiva Eigers, Rabbeinu Chaim Halevi and others, not questions without thinking, without considering them, which prevent understanding, but consider the pashat first before asking. It is written “If you will go in My ways and guard My mitzvos”, that you will delve into Torah, and delve into Yiras SHamayim(?), and in this zechus there will be salvation for the whole generation as Hashem will have mercy on us.
According to what we see today, if things don’t change for the better, then we will need to abandon the land and flee from there because of the gezeira of the draft of bnei yeshiva means closing the Yeshivos, and the gezeira of closing the yeshivos is harsh more than desecrating graves, more than mechalalei Shabbos, more than missionaries. And we need to make a sensation to the entire world.
The congregation needs to wake up from its apathy, and know that this strict decree is because(?) it is very important to cn tinue spreading Torah in Eretz Yisroel.
72 years ago, in teves 5701, during the second world war, we were with my father the Brisker Rav zt”l, and we were in the region of Vilna and Dvinsk. This area was not yet in danger because the main war was then between Germany, and England and France, not yet with Russia. The Vilna area was at first under Lithuania, until the Russians entered, and under them there wasn’t danger to our lives. Just the opposite was Eretz Yisroel, already in tangible danger from the German army in Egypt, heading to conquer E”Y. The situation was very bad, a period when every day there was the concern they would enter the land, and the fear was very great. Though the situation was such, my father said we had to leave and go to E”Y, and why? Because after the Russians took control of Lithuania, they wouldn’t allow Torah learning, but made us send out children to Russian non-Jewish schools. on this my father said it is forbidden to remain under their control, d=since we wouldn’t be able to learn, and we were obligated to leave quickly, not waiting. We left from there to E”Y, even though our lives were in danger there, but it wasn’t on our religion, because we would be able to be mechanech our children in Talmud Torah, this was his decision at the time.
From this comes a great principle, we traveled to Eretz Yisroel because of yiddiskeit, and this was Divinely inspired, because this also saved us physically. In the end the war was also between Germany and Russia, and Vilna was conquered by Germans, and the holocaust was there as well, Rachmana litzlan, but we were saved because we had already left.
Today, the situation also is painful to us, in E”Y there is a real danger on religion, if there is no change for the better, we’ll find E”Y like Russia was, the same. They want to close the Yeshivos!! Because this gezeira of the draft, they will close the yeshivos! Indeed they began to advance to certain stages of enforcing the draft (?) bachurim to report to the draft office, and obligate them to pass physicals, and the army does this acting very basely(?), like ??? [a small bit here I couldn’t translate]. Know and also spread, last Thursday (before 25 Teves) they brought(reached?) many(?) bachurim to appear in the draft office, made them take physicals, compelling them to examine only for health reasons(?), because they were only soldiers doing the examining. They asked to be checked by doctors, saying their Rav told them only to be checked by a doctor, but they answered, this is the army! You’re already in the army and in the army there aren’t Rabbonim! This worked(?) for soldiers. Like this they already entered poison n young bochurim not to listen to Rabbonim. They held them many hours, at mincha time they wouldn’t let them daven, because during examinations there is no mincha. And there was with them only female soldiers, not male. This is mamash to tear apart the Torah.