Intifada and Torah Interpretation
It is interesting that the two best tables from the combined experiment are the ones using the key word Jabalya, the refugee camp where the rebellious uprising first began. The place in the Torah text that the table using the Jabalya spelling with one Yod is interesting. In these verses, Exodus 33:3-5 God tells the Israelites,
I will not go up in the midst of you for you are a stiff necked people, lest I consume you on the way. And when the people heard this evil tiding, then they mourned; and no man did put on him his ornaments. And the Lord said unto Moses: Say unto the children of Israel: You are a siff-necked people; if for one moment I go up into the midst of you, I shall consume you; therefore now put off your ornaments from yourself that I may know what I shall do to you. Exodus 33: 3-5
The middle line of this table has the words for
what I shall do to you.
The table with the Jabalya spelled with two Yods also occurs in an interesting place in the Torah. The first line of the table goes with the verse where God speaks to Moses saying,
Arise, descend quickly from here, for your people that you took out of Egypt have become corrupt; they have strayed quickly from the way that I commanded them; they have made themselves a molten image.
The political leadership of Israel in the last few decades are the spiritual descendants of what the Torah says are your people that you took out of Egypt. This is the mixed multitude of people who opportunistically decided that they would go with the Israelites, the winning side against Egypt. And Moses, on his own accepted them. It was these people who urged the forming of the molten image spoken about in these verses. And today it is the spiritual descendants of these same people who refuse to recognize God and live in accordance with Torah. Today they have made their own molten image in their belief that the Torah was not Divinely given. So they do not have to live, think, speak, and act in accordance with Torah. Thus they think that Israel can survive on its own military power, without God. Measure for measure, the consequence of this kind of leadership, leadership chosen democratically by the majority of the Israelis, is the Palestinian rebellion against Israel. This rebellion will grow in strength and effectiveness until it becomes clear to the leadership in Israel that there is no hope in thinking that Israel can survive with its own military power, without God. Then when with all hope lost, they turn to God, the Messiah will come and save Israel.