Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Smoking Out the Tobacco Problem
Friday, August 24, 2012
Paraclete or Kapo?
Friday, August 17, 2012
Truth or Unintended Consequences
Thursday, August 09, 2012
The Nonexistent Dangers of a Nonexistent Government
With that as a background, I note the following news item: "Avreichim Rescued From IDF Firing Zone." The word avreich (avreichim in the plural) refers to a recently married full-time yeshiva learner. Some avreichim decided to go out on a hiking excursion to the Golan Heights, and wandered into a military firing zone (there are a number of such zones in the Golan).
"After being rescued, one of the avreichim was asked why they entered the military zone, which is clearly marked with highly visible signs to prevent a tragedy from occurring. He explained 'one of the group said they are not shooting here'. The avreichim were found about 3km (1.8 miles) into the firing zone area, an active firing zone at that."
I shall not now get into the question of whether being raised in an insular community away from the evil influences of the world is or is not an inhibitor of the development of common sense (and neither do I suggest that the avreichim involved are paragons of common sense). Methinks, however, that the key issue here was not common sense (or the absence thereof), but rather, an ingrained conditioning to reject the validity of all pronouncements by the Israeli government -- including warning signage that one is about to enter a military firing zone.
Ignore the Sign, Pay the Fine!