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July 26, 2010

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seymour

From JP

"According to a police spokesman, students from a haredi school in the Jerusalem area were hiking near Ein Hamdak, inside the Aminadav Forest. Some of the students were apparently playing with fire and started the blaze, which got out of control. The group then allegedly left the scene and continued toward Jerusalem before being found by detectives from the Moriya District."


if true then arrests should be made and the boys should be punished

David

Police suspect that the boy's school class left the site to tour the city without extinguishing the flames they had lit.

Of course not - this was a goy's job. And in any case, it was G-d's will that the forest burned down - as if it mattered in any case.

Scum.

I helped plant and tend some of these forests as a JNF volunteer or paid for them via donations.

Anyway, what were they doing enjoying nature when they should have been "studying Torah"?

harold

Anyway, what were they doing enjoying nature when they should have been "studying Torah"?

There is nothing wrong with taking a break and enjoying g-d's wonders. I will repost what Rabbi Aryeh Z. Ginzberg (of Rabba Hurwitz fame) said of his vacation.

Dear Chevra,

I just want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful and restful Shabbos. My wife and I are spending a few days in one of the most beautiful places in the world; the Canadian Rockies. We have seen such beauty that I made the Brachah of Oseh Maaseh Bereishis 3 times yesterday and twice today. We went to a place called the Columbia Icefields which is the largest glacier in the world outside of the Arctic Circle and we actually stood on a glacier of 1000 feet of snow and ice. It is truly one of the Nifloas Haborei. When we returned, I gave a Shiur on describing this place that it is actually mentioned in the Targum in Bereishis because it is the only place in the world that feeds into 3 different oceans (Atlantic, Pacific and Artic oceans) and has been doing so since Sheishes Yamei Bereishis. It is truly inspiring and uplifting and the only thing that would make it better is if you could all be here with us as well. We miss all of you.

Have a wonderful Shabbos.

Rabbi Aryeh Z. Ginzberg


This is all the more reason why everyone should be more careful and not desecrate a forest, one of g-d’s beautiful creations.

Yochanan Lavie

Apologies to the Doors:

You know that it would be un-Jewish
You know that I would be a "frier"
If I was to say to you
We'll find a goyish fire fighter

Come on bochur, light my fire
Come on bochur, light my fire
Try to set the woods on fire

The time to hesitate is through
No time to find a used-fire buyer
Right now we can only schmooze
And JNF become a funeral pyre

Come on bochur, light my fire
Come on bochur, light my fire
Try to set the woods on fire, yeah

The time to hesitate is through
No time to find a used fire buyer
Right now we can only schmooze
And JNF become a funeral pyre

Come on bochur, light my fire
Come on bochur, light my fire
Try to set the woods on fire, yeah

You know that it would be un-Jewish
You know that I would be a "frier"
If I was to say to you
Flames, they couldn't get much higher

Come on bochur, light my fire
Come on bochur, light my fire
Try to set the woods on fire
Try to set the woods on fire
Try to set the woods on fire
Try to set the woods on fire

Garnel Ironheart

1) Did they call for help after starting the fire or just take off when they realized what was happening?
2) If they arrest or in any way try to punish the people involved, what are the odds we'll see widespread protesting and multiple posts at Cross Currents about how innocent these little arsonists are?

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