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Random thoughts on Morality and War

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A.  Morality is meant to save lives and bring peace. One does not die for ones morality – Self sacrifice should be reserved for religious issues.

B.  Morality should make you stronger not weaker, it should work for you not against you.

C.  The only excuse for war is self defense, the only purpose of war is peace.

D.  Morality that is nice on the surface but ends in death is not morality at all.

E.  We cannot control our enemies misbehavior, but we may not contribute to it.

F.  Self defense is a moral obligation not a right.

G.  Peace comes not for the love of peace but from the dread of war.

H.  Self defense means: to do whatever it takes to insure the safety of your people.

I.  The west fights every war with one hand tied behind their back, nice sentiment but not morally correct.

 

The moral form of war is :

A war fought to conclusion not to a stand still.

A war fought to a quick victory so the country can go back to normal life.

A war that brings at least forty years of peace.

On Serving

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Here’s a “class quote.”

 

Serving

“Sometimes we feel a sense of injustice, that we give to our husband or children more than we get in return.

“In reality, we were created to give, to serve. This is what life is all about from beginning to end. We are here to serve G-d. When you acknowledge that you were created to serve your Maker, serving you spouse and children is part of the bigger picture. But if you’re not serving G-d, why should you serve others?

“We’re confused. “Becoming something” has replaced serving the Creator. “Be all you can be” has replaced G-d.

“Let’s get back on track. Ultimately, the only thing we won’t regret in our lives is the service we did for others. That’s what has real validity.

“So ignore it when your children say you’ve ruined their lives. And the fact that your mother was always there for you will, in the end, outweigh what she did or didn’t do for you. We will always regret some things we did to our kids. But we will never regret that we did for them. Be totally comfortable doing the serving — not to receive in return, just to serve; that is true humility. “

Response to “Unsure”

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Dear “Unsure”,

You are torturing yourself unnecessarily. As a fifteen year-old, why would you expect to ‘know for sure’ all the truths of Torah? How are you supposed to ‘know’ who created the world?!

You don’t how an airplane flies or how an antibiotic works. You’ve never seen a germ or a virus, and probably don’t know where your spleen is or what it looks like. Does any of this matter? No, you live your life based onknowledge received from the past without need to reinvent the wheel.

G-d created the world and gave the Torah on Mt. Sinai unless you have witnesses to the contrary.

The best and wisest minds among our sages, every one of them smarter than Einstein, studied the Talmud for three thousand years without doubt of its origin and you are not sure!

So you feel guilty as if you are responsible to prove or confirm cosmic truths! Get real. Relax. It’s not your job. Your job is to elevate yourself to a more productive, noble, respectful life every day.

Work on that. I guarantee you won’t regret it!

All I Got Was Words

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Speaking of words… here’s a really old classic.

 

All I Got Was Words

by: unknown

 

When I was young and fancy free

My folks had no fine clothes for me

All I got was words:

Gott vet geben!

Gott tsu dankn!

Zoll mir nur leben un sein gezund.

 

When I was wont to travel far

They didn’t provide me with a car

All I got was words:

Gay gezunt!

Fuhr pamelech!

Hob a glicklikhe reise!

 

I wanted to increase my knowledge

But they couldn’t send me to college,

All I got was words:

Hob seichel!

Zei nit kein nahr!

Toire iz di beste schoire!

 

The years have flown. The world has turned.

Things I have forgotten, things I’ve learned,

Yet I remember:

Zog dem eemss!

Gib tsedakah!

Hob rachmaness!

Zei a mentsch!