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Monday, November 03, 2008

Okay, Gil, Now For My Prediction

The winner of the 2008 election for the next United States President will be none other than G-d, himself. (No, wise guy, I don’t mean Obama!) It will be our father in Heaven. See, we here at Kumah have a tradition of not endorsing any candidates for U.S. President.

Why? Don’t we feel that one candidate is far better for the State of Israel and for the Jewish people in general, than the other? Of course we do. Don’t we feel that one candidate’s rise to power will actually put Jewish lives at danger? It may sound like hyperbolic talk, but frankly, yes. Do we feel that every Jew has to do everything he or she can to prevent a calamity from befalling us? Certainly.

But that’s not our focus. Our focus is getting the Jewish people to return Home. Furthermore, we also realize one important reality. Every occurrence in life, whether a large world event or the smallest personal incident, is completely in G-d’s hands and more importantly, everything, large or small, that G-d orchestrates in his world is for the best. Period.

Make no mistake. G-d still demands we do our best to influence his world in the way we think will lead to the best outcome. But all the while we must acknowledge that G-d is in the driver’s seat. And that is a good thing.

So if one candidate is more of a catalyst for Aliyah. So be it. And if the other helps Israel defend herself, excellent. Whatever G-d decides is best. Nevertheless, one truth remains. The great Shofer is sounding calling Jews from around the world to return to the land of our heritage. And that Shofer will not stop sounding regardless of who G-d chooses to elect on Tuesday night.

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  • At 6:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    so you believe in God more than someone who places some importance on politics?

  • At 6:18 PM , Blogger Pinchas said...

    I love the way people make the mistake I wrote not to make. Sheesh. Read what's written and not what you think is written.

  • At 9:42 PM , Anonymous Eliyahu said...

    Who says HaShem looks more favorably over Jews entrapped in other places of Sheol Diaspora?

    Perhaps if Western Jewry saw Olim from Africa and East Asia making aliyah and flourishing in Eretz Yisroel, then the Kosher Yankees will get jealous and get activated to board planes, trains, automobiles, arks, or just swim back!

    Whatever it takes to remove the shackles of Pharaoh, Babylon, and Jezebel. Good riddance!

  • At 12:14 AM , Blogger Gil Ronen said...

    Besides anti-Semites, is anyone else saying that Soros may have engineered the financial meltdown? He's famous for doing those kinds of things.

  • At 2:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    if you are frustrated of people mistaking your message, make your message more clear.
    your main thrust is that kumah shouldn't interest themselves so much in politics, so far as having a policy of not endorsing any one candidate and chastizing Gil for doing so. You then qualify this message, but the main message prevails: God runs the world and whatever we puny humans do doesn't amount to much.

    And this whole business of "everything is for the best" is Christian apologetics that Voltaire did a good job destroying but much more importantly it's nowhere to be found in the Torah. That's why we have a choice. We can choose the good road or the bad road. Although I do agree, ultimately both roads ultimately lead to the same destination.

    I see God's hand behind politics, I also see politics as one of God's hands. Obama will be good for Aliyah as long as we get the gumption to decapacitate Iran's nuclear ambitions. I think radio activity will be a deterent for American Jews when they consider making aliyah.

    This is why Jews from Israel should have really pressured Jews from America to vote McCain. And this is why it is a positive message to delve head first into politics.

  • At 4:35 PM , Blogger Pinchas said...


    The message is threefold. First you are correct. Kumah has never ever focused on American politics. We focus on Aliyah and life in the Jewish land. That is and has always been Kumah’s mission and we don't dilute it.

    Second, I do agree with you that Jews in Israel and Jews everywhere should help convince people to vote for the better candidate for the Jewish people and our homeland. In fact most, if not all of the bloggers at Kumah, myself included, have done that through other mediums, but here is not the place for it.

    And finally, third, after all is said and done, G-d IS still running the world. Yes, “gam zu l'tova” (“this, too, is good”) is a VERY Jewish concept. It is the most fundamental concept of Bitachon and it is discussed all over Jewish literature.

    The mistake is not understanding that my third point does not contradict my second point. So yes, my prediction came true.

    G-d won.

  • At 5:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I would really like to be convinced. I found this to start off with:

    This [concept] is mentioned in the sefer, Shivchei HaBesht [the biography of Rav Yisrael Baal Shem Tov - the founder of Chassidism]. One time the Czar's soldiers were being forcefully placed in Jewish homes. The Baal Shem Tov, disturbed by this decree, turned to his disciple, Rav Nachman of Horedenka, and said that they should pray that this be stopped. Rav Nachman, who always said Gam Zu Letova [this is also for good], reacted in his usual way and again uttered these words. The Baal Shem Tov told him, "How fortunate it is that you were not around in the time of Haman; for if you were, you would have also said, Gam Zu Letova!" [In other words, the concept of Gam Zu Letova does not apply to a Divine decree upon the Jewish Nation.]

  • At 6:11 PM , Blogger Pinchas said...

    I don't understand that story. Gam Zu Letova doesn't mean "don't do anything." I wrote that many times.

    If you are truly interested in this topic I recommend you listen to See here:

  • At 6:12 PM , Blogger Pinchas said...

    Here's a tiny url:

  • At 7:54 AM , Blogger Gil Ronen said...

    I think radio activity will be a deterent for American Jews when they consider making aliyah.

    Is this a hint to Yishai to stop broadcasting on Israel National Radio?


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