I was more angry on Saturday than I have been for a long time. I heard on the news that the Israeli Parliament is debating whether to knock down the synagogues in the Gaza Strip (the alternative presumably being waiting to see if the Palestinians do it when they move in). The report went on to explain the pros and cons of each course of action. At the end, in a rather offhand way, it said “they’ve already knocked down the settlements, now they just have to decide about the synagogues.”
I’m sorry? They’ve done what?
You are about to hand over some land to a group of people who are extremely poor, and you knock down the houses on it before giving it to them, even though they are of no use to you? How can anyone be so horribly spiteful?
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is made up only of rules taught by men.”