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From: rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel) Date: Thu, 2 Jan 1997 12:23:41 -0500 Subject: Chevron This mornings headlines about the shooting in Chevron led me to think about a "proper" jewish response to our natural desire to keep Chevron. Halacha DOES speak about this. It does not suggest shootings or uttering Psulta DNuras. Jewish law is very clear that when the community has a need it should proclaim a public fast, examine its sins, repent and then has the right more or less to expect that G-d will answer them. What is bothering me is that no one even tries this anymore. Here are some responses to possible rebuttals of the above idea:(1) What sins do we have whose repentance will help us get back Chevron: ANSWER: An obvious sin is the way we all bicker with each other as Datiim and Lo Datiim and the various religious groups. (2) Why should conservative and reform join a fast? ANSWER: They can join the fast without fasting and participate in the communities repentance. Note: This will also respond to claims that datiim never do anything relevant (3) We should be doing actions not prayers. ANSWER: Agreed. But we already have done everything we could. The present shootings assassinations and public curses are not viable alternatives. What bothers me is that as orthodox people we believe in G-ds providence. Communal prayer is one of the few mitzvoth that affirms this. Why has it been so neglected today especially now that we need it. Russell Jay Hendel, Ph.d.,ASA rhendel @ mcs drexel edu