I had meant to translate these commentaries into German. I've failed and just couldn't keep up. So instead of withholding them altogether I'll now post the English originals.
Ich hatte vorgehabt, diese Kommentare ins Deutsche zu übertragen. Ich habe versagt und konnte einfach nicht mithalten. Anstelle sie ganz zurückzuhalten bringe ich jetzt als Notlösung hier die englischen Originale.
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HaRav Shaul Yisraeli zt"l
The Torah connects the Ten Commandments to the nitty-gritty laws of Mishpatim. They are made for a normal nation. There are discussion about servants and non-Jews, damages and oxen. The divine ideal is for a religious way of life that integrates everything, which sanctifies the mundane by dedicating physical life to Hashem.
Torah study that night eventually became forbidden, in memory of the horrors perpetrated on that evening, the same way Torah study is prohibited in a house of mourning and on the Ninth of Av when the Holy Temple was destroyed.
HaRav Zalman Baruch Melamed
Am I imagining things, or is Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed speaking in the name of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook actually endorsing Reform Judaism in his last paragraph? [FAB]
We are arguing with these people about Judaism, and what is the right Judaism, and how Judaism should be, while we are armed with ignorance that we acquired through state secular education, a very partial study of the Bible, “Two are holding a tallis” from seventh-grade Talmud class, and that's it. We sometimes seem like six-year-old children who are trying to join a philosophy discussion without knowing who Plato is.
Just as promised, until the Jewish People returned to the Land of Israel a century and a half ago, no other nation successfully became established in the Land of Israel. Travelers to the Land over the centuries describe desolation and abandonment – until the lost children of the Holy Land awakened.
Nobody in the media will say this, but the undeniable fact is that immediately following the shooting in Hebron, the new intifada disappeared into thin air.
This situation on the Temple Mount does not seem to disturb the Jews; neither the religious Jews nor the other denominations. All of them prefer to abandon the site of our Holy Temple to wild Islam and to bicker down below over the plaza at its feet.
I remained silent. What could I say? You sit in the mourners' home. Everybody loves and respects the IDF. Such an amazing family, so unifying. What could I have done? Start to argue with all the officers in front of the bereaved family?
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