Word of the day: Jeremiah on reshoim

And their carcasses will I give to be food for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.

Jeremiah 19:7

God has no mercy on pedophiles and predators, unless they make sincere and complete teshuva (repentance). But only God knows the hearts of men, and we are still obligated to suspect and shy away from such lowlifes. That being said, only very few ever overcome their condition. As it says in our sources; once a person sins twice, he feels as if it’s not a sin anymore. Sexual inclinations are also known in modern psychology to be one of the most difficult things to alter. A carcass in Hebrew is nevela, the same root used to describe sexual obscenity, nevala. Their decayed bodies are only fit to be eaten by fowls and beasts, as they stooped to their level and became rotten inside from their obscene actions.

Hashem sent me this verse yesterday to strengthen my resolve to fight the perversion in our midst. Thus it really belongs to Friday. The following verse was given me today:

But You, O God, will bring them down into the nethermost pit; men of blood and deceit shall not live out half their days; but as for me, I will trust in You.

Psalms 55:24

Reb Chaim Vital wrote in his Sefer Hachiziyonoth disproportionately much (so it seems to us) about the perverse of his generation, naming and shaming important leaders of his day. He did not seem to shy away from this due to the hazard of  lascivious speech (nibul peh). On the opposite, by speaking out against these perverts he was fighting the impurity and thus purifying his generation. Today’s haredi Judaism has unfortunately adopted many false world views which really go against the grain of the Torah. We are afraid to speak about the evil, imagining that if we avoid mentioning it it will cease to exist. Instead of fighting evil we spread love and goodness and good deeds (in the good case scenario). This is either a thwarted Christian or hippy “Peace and love” idea, but it has no source in the Torah. If you have ever read the Tanach you will find it is rife with zealots fighting the evil by sword and by mouth. Of course we must also spread love and good deeds, but this in no way exempts us from our battle with the powers of impurity (Kochoth Hatuma).

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