Saturday, November 20, 2021

The lionization of Kyle Rittenhouse by the right

“When you turn a foolish young man into a hero, you’ll see more foolish young men try to emulate his example,” wrote conservative commentator David French in The Atlantic. “And although the state should not permit rioters to run rampant in America’s streets, random groups of armed Americans are utterly incapable of imposing order themselves, and any effort to do so can lead to greater death and carnage.”

But those voices have been in the minority. More common has been a refrain that Rittenhouse has been a victim of media hysteria like others before him. Kirk pointed to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Nick Sandmann, the Kentucky teen falsely accused of trying to intimidate a Native American drummer at the Lincoln Memorial, as similar cases of media “smear jobs.”



  1. Torah thought Chanukah Hertz Chumash p. 991 Book of Maccabees: “King Antiochus sent forty thousand footmen, and seven thousand horse, to go into the land of Judea, and to destroy it. And Judah, who was called Maccabaeus, said Victory in battle standeth not in the multitude of a host, but strength is from Heaven. They come unto us in fullness of insolence and lawlessness, to destroy us and our wives and children; but we fight for our lives and our Law. It is better for us to die in battle, than to look upon evils of our nation and the Sanctuary. Nevertheless, as may be the will in Heaven, so shall He do ”

    Beautiful. Nothing bad about Ancient Israel being the only country rejecting the Ancient Greek view of gods and world philosophy. Antiochus was an evil dictator who ruled the world. He hired 40,000 footmen and 7,000 cavalry to destroy Israel. Maccabees should be praised for going to war. Was Ancient Israel a polarized society?

    We say in the Siddur: לחנוכה: בִּימֵי מַתִּתְיָהוּ בֶּן יוחָנָן כּהֵן גָּדול חַשְׁמונַאִי וּבָנָיו. כְּשֶׁעָמְדָה מַלְכוּת יָוָן הָרְשָׁעָה עַל עַמְּךָ יִשרָאֵל לְהַשְׁכִּיחָם תּורָתֶךָ וּלְהַעֲבִירָם מֵחֻקֵּי רְצונֶךָ:
    וְאַתָּה בְּרַחֲמֶיךָ הָרַבִּים עָמַדְתָּ לָהֶם בְּעֵת צָרָתָם. רַבְתָּ אֶת רִיבָם. דַנְתָּ אֶת דִּינָם. נָקַמְתָּ אֶת נִקְמָתָם. מָסַרְתָּ גִבּורִים בְּיַד חַלָּשִׁים. וְרַבִּים בְּיַד מְעַטִּים. וּטְמֵאִים בְּיַד טְהורִים. וּרְשָׁעִים בְּיַד צַדִּיקִים. וְזֵדִים בְּיַד עוסְקֵי תורָתֶךָ. וּלְךָ עָשיתָ שֵׁם גָּדול וְקָדושׁ בְּעולָמֶךָ. וּלְעַמְּךָ יִשרָאֵל עָשיתָ תְּשׁוּעָה גְדולָה וּפֻרְקָן כְּהַיּום הַזֶּה:
    וְאַחַר כֵּן בָּאוּ בָנֶיךָ לִדְבִיר בֵּיתֶךָ. וּפִנּוּ אֶת הֵיכָלֶךָ. וְטִהֲרוּ אֶת מִקְדָּשֶׁךָ. וְהִדְלִיקוּ נֵרות בְּחַצְרות קָדְשֶׁךָ. וְקָבְעוּ שְׁמונַת יְמֵי חֲנֻכָּה אֵלּוּ. לְהודות וּלְהַלֵּל לְשִׁמְךָ הַגָּדול:

    Allow me my letter today to NYS Court of Appeals.
    “3.I quote: Kethuboth Chapter 13 Mishnah 11 AlI can be compelled to move to the Land of Israel [i.e., a man may compel his wife, children and Canaanite slaves to go to Land of Israel] but no one may be compelled to move out [from Land of Israel]. All may be forced to go up to Jerusalem but none can be made to leave, whether they be men or women [literally the men or the women. The woman can insist on the husband doing so (if he refuses he must give her kethubah and get), and if he demands and she declines she is to be divorced and forfeits her kethubah].
    4.A NYS citizen moving to Israel over the objections of his wife is his right and is fine and admirable. I should be praised for giving the get 2/13/1993 to Susan. I wanted Susan and our children to live with me in Jerusalem as she promised me in writing. Susan did everything in NYS Courts to demonize me with aim of taking my pension, house, and \$10,000 will money.”

  2. Torah thought daf hayomi Taanis 17a Schottenstein edition
    “The Gemara now concludes the discussion of the seven blessings that augment the Shemoneh Esrei on these seven fast days. For the sixth blessing he says he says: He who answered Jonah etc. For the seventh blessing he says: He who answered David etc. The Gemara asks: Now, Let us see: Jonah live after David and Solomon, why does he [the one reciting the blessings] placed him before them [The same question could have been asked in regard to Elijah, who also flourished long after David and Solomon. Indeed, Yerushalmi (2:9) ask this question as well. The answer given by the Gemara below resolves both questions (cf. Maharasha, Keren Orah)]? The Gemara answers: Because he must conclude the entire series of additional prayers with the blessings: Who has mercy on the Land, since this makes reference to the particular calamity of draught [in Israel] that prompted the fast. Therefore, since it I aptly associated with them [David and Solomon both prayed that God should have mercy on [a draught stricken] Eretz Yisrael (II Samuel 21:1, I Kings 8:37). It is therefore fitting that the special prayers for rain should conclude with a reference to their prayers for mercy on [a draught stricken) Eretz Yisrael (Rashi). Alternatively, David and Solomon were instrumental in the building of the Temple, which is the focal point of all Eretz Yisrael. There, the concluding blessing Who has mercy on the land is associated with them].”

    Beautiful. “Should Your people Israel be routed by an enemy because they have sinned against You, and the turn back to You, and acknowledge Your name, and they offer prayer and supplication to You in this House, oh, hear in heaven and pardon the sin of Your people Israel, and restore to them to the land that You gave to their fathers. Should the heavens be shut up and there be no rain, because they have sinned against You, and then they pray toward this place and acknowledge Your name, and repent of their sins, when You answer them, oh, hear in heaven and pardon the sin of Your servants, Your people israel, after You have shown them the proper wayin which they are to walk; and send down rain upon the land which You gave t Your people as their heritage. So, too, if there is a famine in th eland, if there is pestilence, blight, mildew, locust or caterpillars, or an enemy oppresses them in any way of the settlements of the land” (1 Kings 8:33-37).

    I love the focus on the Land of Israel. In Aranoff v Aranoff I always hoped that Susan and our six small children in 1991 would join me in the Land of Israel, as Susan promised me in writing. The Jerusalem Bet din advised me to send Susan a get to see if she accepts. Susan accepted 2/13/1993 before witnesses in Rabbi Ralbag’s Brooklyn bet din. The same Rabbi Ralbag Judge Freda Wolfson gave immunity for testimony to convict Mendel Epstein et al. Follow Israelreader, KA, Garnel? I tried to persuade Susan and our children. Did I do anything wrong? Susan was busy with funny business with agunah rights.

  3. Torah thought Daf Hayomi Soncino Ta’anith 18b
    “What is Trajan's [Day] [The victory of Judas Maccabeus over Nicanor is mentioned in I Maccabees as the occasion for making the thirteenth of Adar a holiday. This was in 161 B.C.E. V. Zeitlin, Megillat Ta'anit, p. 82]? It was said: When Trajan [טוריינוס The identification of this name with Trajan is disputed, particularly as Trajan is known to have died a natural death. It is suggested that this reference here is to Trajan's General, Lusius Quietus, who was executed by Trajan (Schurer I, 660 n. 62). Nothing can however as yet be said with certainty. V. HUCA, Lichtenstein Die Fastenrolle, p. 273.] was about to execute Lulianus and his brother Pappus in Laodicea [Lydia] he said to them, If you are of the people of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, let your God come and deliver you from my hands, in the same way as he delivered Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah from the hands of Nebuchadnezzar; and to this they replied: Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were perfectly righteous men and they merited that a miracle should be wrought for them, and Nebuchadnezzar also was a king worthy for a miracle to be wrought through him, but as for you, you are a common and wicked man and are not worthy that a miracle be wrought through you; and as for us, we have deserved of the Omnipresent that we should die, and if you will not kill us, the Omnipresent has many other agents of death. The Omnipresent has in His world many bears and lions who can attack us and kill us; the only reason why the Holy One, blessed be He, has handed us over into your hand is that at some future time He may exact punishment of you for our blood. Despite this he killed them. It is reported that hardly had they moved from there when two officials [ דיופלי So Rashi Aliter dispatch] arrived from Rome and split his skull with clubs.”

    Beautiful. Sad that Lusius Quietus killed Lulianus and his brother Pappus in Lod. Schottenstein edition says: “I.e. the city of Lod. Lulianus and Pappus were completely righteous men. Some explain that the emperor’s daughter was found murdered and the Jews were accused of the crime. The Jews were threatened with mass execution unless they could produce the murderers. To save the Jewish people, Lilianus and Pappus stepped forward and falsely admitted to the crime, and Turyanus executed only them (Rashi).”

    Today is the 3rd night of Chanukah. The Gamara story: Trajan's General, Lusius Quietus, killed Lulianus and his brother Pappus in Lod. My daughter, son-law and 2 babies live in Lod. My wife, Yemima, and I are going to Lod from our home in Bnei Brak tomorrow to help babysit. Yes Lod is an old city in Israe, thousands of years oldl. We have every right to live in Lod as any place in the Land of Israel. God gave Israel to our forefathers as a heritage. Please God grant us safety from our enemies and from diseases etc and give us prosperity, many children, happiness. Thank you God in Heaven. Am I glad I moved to Israel July 1991.


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