So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.—Job 2:7-8
"We will take revenge against Israel," said an Ultra-Orthodox leader shortly before the protest. On March 2, 2014, as these lines are being written, the largest protest in Israel's history is taking place. Its topic is the new Conscription Law, which attempts to conscript Ultra-Orthodox Jews to the IDF.+
Early reports by Israel Police show that revenge time may have arrived earlier than expected. The gathering was aimed at creating a conscience of unity among Ultra-Orthodox Jews, who are traditionally split in myriad groups. Haredim and Hasidim++are just the trunk's main division; each one is subdivided into many secondary groups.
The protest was agreed on February 24, in a "historical meeting of the three councils, the Hasidic, the Lithuanian, and the Sephardic, where all the great of this generation will sit together next to one table," as defined by Kikar HaShabat, an Ultra-Orthodox newspaper.
Despite the optimistic title of the protests, Chief Rabbi Yosef spoke of just passing the 600,000 mark, which would allow the use of a rare prayer by the participants.
Yet, the police reported of massive traffic along Highway #1, which connects Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, to the extent that it was blocked. The protest is taking place near the Knesset in Jerusalem and many protesters arrived from Bnei Brak, the Ultra-Orthodox city next to Tel Aviv.
At 1PM, the road collapsed under the crowds; only public transport is allowed. At 2PM, Jerusalem's Bus Terminal was closed. The light train limited its service. Most entrances to the city and its main roads are under strict control by the police. Access points from the West Bank are now the preferred entrances to the city by private cars; roads 443 and 38 are experiencing unprecedented traffic.
Bracing itself for the tears of a million shofarot, Zion is closing itself. The gathering was scheduled to start at 4PM, but organizers will give time to those on the road. If the road is free, the trip upwards longs a bit over one hour.
Ultra-Orthodox congregations in New York and London will protest at the same time. Meanwhile, unprecedented publications prepare the Ultra-Orthodox public to what in the future it will probably be defined as their birth moment, when myriad denominations joined forces to oppose the ultra-violent Zionism.
"Bibi is bad for the Jews"
Street publications repeated two messages "Bibi is bad for the Jews" and "Bibi splits the nation." The first is a paraphrase of PM Netanyahu words to newspaper Maariv in the aftermath of 9/11. "It is good for the Jews." He never explained what the good was. Did he refer to the death of so many innocents or to the entrapment of Islam?
Now, horrified in a Jerusalemite bunker, PM Netanyahu knows how it feels to hear that.
Yet, "Bibi is bad for the Jews" is loose change compared to the main article published by HaModi'a, the main newspaper of the Hasidic Agudat Israel party, representing mainly the Gur and Vizhnitz courts.
Written in heavy, convoluted Hebrew the translation is not easy. I made compromises that make the text more readable in English, mainly by shortening what Hebrew speakers recognize as a soft-wording, but English speakers consider it wordiness. Considering the content, the writer had no choice but over-softening the text creating over-wordiness, as in this paragraph.
"To Gather and to Stand on Their Souls" is the title of the article. "To stand on the soul" is an idiom meaning to support something to death. It is not the first time that such an extreme vocabulary is used in the context of the Conscription Law, with articles in previous days making references to Samson, who said And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. (Judges 16:30, see Sweet Braveness: Haredi War on Zion Starts on Monday).
The reference to Samson provides also a hint regarding the reason for the Zionists' failure. Trying to destroy Ultra-Orthodoxy, they have created an unprecedented unity. Not even Hitler unified them. Ultra-Orthodox sources have recently quoted "out of the strong came forth sweetness" (Judges 14:14). Out of the rotten Zionist injustice, unity's honey emerged.
The Biblical text tells of a beehive that Samson found inside a dead lion. Zion is not yet a dead lion, but prayers are on the way.
The article calls its readers to leave home as soon as possible "to avoid intentional traffic blockades [by the Zionists]."
"The police is prepared to 600,000 like in the Mount Sinai gathering." This is important; it shows that this is a defining moment. In Mount Sinai the Torah was given; in the One-Million Protest, Jews united against Zionism.
Definitions of secular Zionists and Religious Zionism$ provided by the article will enter history. Millennia after Zionists would be gone, people will keep enjoying the phrasing (simplified here):
"Rotten and humiliating governors that except for filling their passions and egoistic urges have nothing to do with this world... packs of hooligans... their entire life is nothing but the miserable life of market merchants."
"This is true also for those with exposed heads and for their brothers using kippas (Religious Zionists) who are the traditional cancer-spreads of the State of Israel." After an extensive development of the theme, it defines Religious Zionism as "a danger to Judaism" and "malignant psoriasis."
"Hundreds of thousands of prayers will repudiate the humiliation and the jokes thrown on them by the Zionists."
The Third Diaspora
External enemies of Zionists and the State of Israel are highly ineffective. So many years after the foundation of the state they have achieved nothing. Zion knows that the only threat capable of disbanding it is internal.
Oddly enough, Zionists fail to understand that Ultra-Orthodox Judaism is an internal danger. The state exists due to an alliance between Ultra-Orthodox and Zionists. If the first say "enough!" Israel will lose the support of most Jews living abroad.
The day after, from their Third Diaspora, the merchants will exclaim "That's why we did an alliance, silly us!" while devotedly scratching the boils.