Saturday, February 15, 2020

'We Are All Sexually Harassed in the Israeli Army, Almost on a Daily Basis'

“Being in the army is somewhat like being in the jungle,” she says. “Lots of young boys and girls. I think the army has to do some homework about relations between men and women, in order to provide physical protection for young women. There’s something about this jungle in which many bad things can happen.”



  1. Baruch Dayan
    HaEmes. We regret to inform you of the petirah of HaGaon HaMekubal Rav Sender
    Erlanger zatzal, who was niftar on Thursday afternoon. Rav Sender
    stood-up fearlessly against breaches in Yiddishkeit, and spoke-out with the
    undiluted truth. For the past few years he was suffering excruciating yissurim.
    He reportedly accepted the yissurim upon himself, in order to annul the gezeiros
    that befell Chareidi Jewry.

    It is interesting
    to note that Thursday the 18th of Shevat marked 99 years since the petirah
    of the Chafetz Chaim’s son-in-law HaGaon HaTzadik Rav Hirsh Levenson zatzal
    who was niftar at a young age. His wife asked her father, “Couldn’t
    HaKadosh Baruch Hu have chosen someone else to take away other than my Hirsh?” The
    Chafetz Chaim famously answered, “There was a gezeirah for half the
    world to be destroyed, and instead Hashem took Rav Hirsh.”

    In a drashah
    four years ago, Rav Sender said; “At the time when Gedolei Yisroel declared
    National Service to be under the issur of yehareig v’al ya’avor,
    Rosh HaShanah arrived, and Yom Kippor approached, and yet the annulling of the gezeirah
    was unsuccessful. What was left to do? Gedolei Yisroel determined that Yom
    Kippor night before Maariv it would be announced in all the shuls that
    Sheirut Leumi is yehareig v’al ya’avor, literally. With the intention that
    when Klal Yisroel would loudly scream; “Shma Yisroel Hashem Elokeinu Hashem
    Echod and Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuso Leolam Vaed”, it will be with the
    understanding that [not complying] with the gezeirah, is literally yehareig
    v’al ya’avor. And this is what annulled the gezeirah [from having
    any practical effect]. This is the strength of Klal Yisroel, nitzchiyus,
    netzach Yisroel lo yishaker. It is forbidden to assert that there [no
    longer] exists the strength of mesiras nefesh in Klal Yisroel.”

    This was the driving
    spirit of Rav Sender; Kabbalas Ol Malchus Shamayim with the intent of mesiras
    nefesh kepshuto, should it be demanded of him. And when it was, he properly
    fulfilled the summons, and battled for Kovod Shamayim until his last breath. Yehi
    zichro baruch.

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  2. "He reportedly accepted the yissurim upon himself, in order to annul the gezeiros that befell Chareidi Jewry."

    Oh, so did he have a choice of accepting them or not?


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