Current events with commentary by Rabbi Avigdor Miller
From Times of Israel:
Supreme Court ups sentence for Jewish-Arab school arsonists
The Supreme Court on Sunday increased by eight months each of the prison sentences of two brothers convicted of setting fire to a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem...
In addition to starting the fire at the school, Gabai and the Twitto brothers spray-painted racist messages — such as “There is no coexistence with cancer” and “Death to the Arabs” — on the walls of the institution.
From The Witness, (#381)
Here is a man, let’s say he’s walking in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Let’s say his car broke down, chas v’shalom. It’s 1:00 in the morning. He’s walking out at night, thinking of the glorious example of Dovid and Shaul, but it’s the equivalent of committing suicide. He should let his head hang down humbly and forget about any pugnacious attitudes. He is nothing but a rag now. He wants to exist, he wants to survive, let him walk with his head hanging down and take whatever he gets. He’ll be happy that he’s there to take it.
Dovid Hamelech had a country, Shaul had a country, and they had therefore an army and they had official sanction of Hakadosh Baruch Hu al pi haneviim (via the prophets). When the elders of Yisrael came together, they didn’t say well, if you want to go to war go ahead, we won’t stop you. No. Dovid asked, “Shall I go?” The Gemara describes the procedure.
They asked first of all wise men. The wise men told him he should go. So then Dovid went and asked the Urim V’tumim, as the Gemara instructs. The Urim V’tumim was the prophetic voice of Hashem, and only after he had the sanction of the Sanhedrin did he finally go to war.
Dovid didn’t go to war just because some kids got together and decided they wouldn’t take it anymore from the gangs around them. Instead of doing anything good or constructive, all they’re doing is arousing more anti-Semitism and sometimes get beat up more than before.
All they’re doing is arousing more anti-Semitism and sometimes get beat up more than before
Avraham Avinu was an exception when it came to the power that Hakadosh Baruch Hu gave him. Avraham didn’t do things by himself -- He was inspired by Hakadosh Baruch Hu. Avraham had the ruach of Hashem in him, and when Avraham saw it was necessary he went out and fought. He didn’t fight otherwise. He didn’t fight against Sodom even though they contravened all of his principles, all of his teachings, even though Sodom was wicked. Not his business. He wasn’t a man of war. But when his relative, Lot, was captured, then it was his duty to save him, so he went to battle just for that one thing.
But otherwise when we’re in exile among the nations and we’re one little sheep among seventy wolves, it’s the part of common sense to be quiet as much as possible and to look for peace instead of looking for enemies.