Saturday, May 20, 2006
Last of the "old guard"
Yitzchok-Ben Aron died this week. He was the founder of the current day Labor party in the Holy Land, and a political mentor to the entire Israeli left, of which there are many.
He was a child from בוזשינטשע Bukovina (Chassidic parents perhaps? is Vizhnitz to blame for this? Do we string up the Ahavas Yisroel and deem him a failure as well?) who decided to join the Shomer HaTza'ir as a youngster. Like all others of his generation who rebeled against prevailing Jewish society he had no love for Torah or those who observe it. He seemingly retained the old Russian manner of thinking, namely that it's my way or the high way. When the Likud was voted in to power in 1977 he was quoted as saying that if "this is will of the people we need to change the people".
What caused people of that generation to become sooo far removed from Torah? Was it so revolting to them that there was any observance of Torah? If it was the Golus look and mentality of Jews that so irked them why hate even those who did integrate into modern society while retaining their religion?
He asked that upon his death his body be donated to medical research. Some would say that the Holy Land is proud not to have him buried there.....