Here's my letter to ol' Pat:
Dear Rev. Robertson,
I was very distressed to see that you have run off at the mouth once again and that you have relapsed into this terrible disease of speaking first and thinking only afterward (if at all).
Let's get one thing clear. As an orthodox Jew living in Israel & a registered Republican (I'm still a US citizen too), I value your support, and that of the evangelical Protestant community, for Israel very much. So please understand where I'm coming from.
PM Sharon's stroke is a punishment from God for implementing the Disengagement Plan? You know this? The Almighty has allowed you to glance at his account books (so to speak)?That
PM Sharon's stroke was the will of God is something that no person ought to question (What happens in this world that is not the will of God?), but why
God willed that this should happen is something that is simply beyond human ken. You don't have a clue (nor can you), none of us do. You of all people should know that there are certain things that are simply beyond our human ability to grasp & that we'll never be able to figure out. Me? I look at Deuteronomy 29:28
"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God..."
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in things too great, or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother; my soul is with me like a weaned child."
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
and Job 38:2-4
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and declare you unto Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have the understanding!
whenever I feel myself getting too big for my spiritual britches. How wonderful it must be for you to live in a world in which the ways of such as God are not inscrutable but are plain and laid open to such as you to the extent that you know what He does and why. A rabbi in our old neighborhood in Jerusalem (a very soft-spoken, modest & unassuming man; maybe you could learn something from this) calls people such as yourself "God's pockets" because God is in your pocket.
Also, it is interesting that you pontificate on what my Prime Minister should do in my country from safe & faraway Virginia. I pay taxes here. I vote here. In 10 years my wife & I will have to drive our son to an IDF induction center. Ariel Sharon has spent his entire life as a soldier & warrior defending, with his blood & his life, a place you only know from books or that you may have visited on occasion. How dare you pronounce on his life like you have? Who are you to judge him? Shame on you!
I imagine that most conservative/fundamentalist Protestants (not the caricatures like ol' Pat that the media fawns on because loonies make for good ratings while staid moderates generally don't) are cursing ol' Pat for neatly confirming whatever prejudices people have against conservative/fundamentalist Protestants as being shoot-from-the-hip, talk-first-and-think-later, simplistic primitives.
PM Sharon is in the neurosurgery intensive care unit at Hadassah-Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem (the hospital overlooks the former village, and current neighborhood of Ein Kerem, where John the Baptist was born, two churches mark the spot; see http://www.christusrex.org/www2/baram/B-baptist.html
On Thursday I was in a real state. The whole day, I felt like I was about to cry. Every now and then tears would just well up in my eyes. I felt awful. We were all just watching the TV news & waiting. The news is a little better (see http://www.haaretzdaily.com
for firsthand news, in English). I went through the whole of Shabbat (the Sabbath; see http://www.jewfaq.org/shabbat.htm
), wondering whether, when I put the news on after nightfall, if my Prime Minister would be alive or dead. I live in a religious neighborhood (http://jr.co.il/ma/pic/ma012.htm
) & thus couldn't rely on a non-religious neighbor for news.