The Truth Shall Set You Free by Michael Winner/9/29/2006 Israeli society has been up in arms concerning the management of the recent war in Lebanon. More so, they have rightfully been disgusted on how the government has let three of it’s soldiers down. The reason we went in to Lebanon was to get them back. Now, they are all but forgotten.Let us try not to repeat such horrid behaviour and continue to daven, at least once a day, that Hashem should return those soldiers to their families safe and unharmed.Their names are:Gilad Ben Avivah (captured by Hamas on the border of Gaza)Eldad Ben Tova (captured by Hizbollah on the border of Lebanon)Ehud Ben Malka (captured by Hizbollah on the border of Lebanon)If we can also daven for Refael Zev ben Miriam, a father of two, who will soon be undergoing surgery for lung cancer.Okay, on to Torah!Here we have Moshe Rebbeinu overlooking the Jewish people for the last time. No other leader in Jewish history has ever had so much control of the nation in his hands.For every nine Jews, there was a tenth serving as their "Rosh Yeshiva". For every forty-nine, there was another rav over looking them. For every ninety-nine people,another rav of even higher status was overlooking them. Every tribe traveled and lived separately. Every family traveled and lived separately. Everything was done in a strict manner. Each person was judged for every little thing. They were at the highest point since Sinai. They were the elite.Yet, here you have Moshe telling them to be careful! He warns them that their children will sacrifice to "... demons, no-gods, gods which they did not know, new ones, that came up later, those which your fathers did not dread" (Devarim 32:17) This is similar to telling a Navy SEAL team that soon they are going to be defeated by a group of eighth-graders in a game of paintball. It's practically unheard of!Rav Avigdor Miller gives a small schmooze on this idea.The Gemara (Succos 51b) says: "A man's yetzer strengthens itself against him every day"Rav Miller explained, "One day it comes to him as a showgirl who is not so well dressed, but he passes the test. The next day it comes in the form of a letz (a person who mocks things of holiness), much better dressed, but still he passes that test. Then the Yetzer Horah comes to him in the guise of a "tzaddik" with a long beard and payos (like Korach). He follows this tzaddik who leads him into a group of people who start strife, loshon horah amongst other Jews, and finally Gehenom (Hell)"Every generation, something or someone has arisen to steer the Jewish people away from Torah. In the previous century, socialism, communism, and “Americanism” took a huge toll on our nation. Other ideas and philosophies have taken Jews away without those individuals knowing it until it was too late. There are things that can sound so truthful, that it’s impossible to imagine them being false. Shortly before Pesach, a 19-year old “ultra”-orthodox Jew was arrested for beating his baby son to death. According to police and hospital officials, bite marks were found on the boy’s body and the father even signed a confession while in police custody. The newspapers here were having a good time putting his picture in the headlines, listing the atrocities that this man committed against his son. This was, according to the facts presented, a closed case. People from all over were not only attacking the father, but cursing out the entire religious community. I have never seen such hatred for one’s fellow Jews on such a scale before.Most of the religious community was saddened by such an incident, but was a little skeptical. True, abuse happens in the religious world as well, but the Israeli police, when it deals with the religious community, has a long history of injustice.The newspapers for days were headlining the story. Then, they made one small slip up, which only the religious caught. Some of the leading rabbeim had signed their names to a letter encouraging anybody who can help this father prove his innocence, financially or else wise, to do so. The newspapers, somehow forgot how to read Hebrew and ran headlines saying that this rabbeim have declared the father to be innocent and demanded his release. Interesting piece of misreporting…A few days after the confession was signed, the father retracted it saying that he was “coerced” by the police. If you live here and know them, you know it’s a good possibility.Shortly after, when the trial began, the newspapers were suddenly quite and have remained quiet. This is rather surprising, considering the big story they have.I found a small article last month written by a legal affairs columnist with an update on the court case. After they return from break, the Prosecution will most likely drop the case against the father. This, being BEFORE the Defense was able to start its case.What happened? According to this paper and from court documents, it turned out that the baby was brought in because he fell and hit his head on the wall, as the parents originally stated. According to doctors’ testimony, due to the negligence of the hospital staff, the baby died due to a lack of oxygen. The police? They were simply lying. There were no bite marks or any other marks that they quoted to the press.Did I mention that the papers are silent about this?On Pesach, it was a clear-cut case that the father was a baby killer. Now, it seems to be a clear-cut case that the hospital staff was negligent, the police lied, a child is dead, a family has gone through heck and back, and an entire community has been smeared.What was in April to be Truth, is now False.Moshe warned the nation that there will be things in the future that will tear us way from Torah. These ideas and gods will seem to be complete truth. It will be hard, even for those loyal to Hashem to stand up against. Yet, in the end, the Truth will be known, and those who remained loyal to Hashem will have taken a beating, but will still stand tall.Have a great Shabbos!