Why don’t we get it?

February 5, 2016


I really don’t like writing posts when I’m feeling so agitated. I’d much rather write about, say, the challenge of lighting Shabbos candles on time. Good, clean Jewish fun.

But I just read a story that shook me to my core. And it actually relates to Shabbos candles.

According to Algemeiner.com, CBS News wanted the world to know the most important detail of Wednesday’s terror attack, in which Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen died after being shot in the head at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. This was the initial CBS headline:

“3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on”

Inaccuracies and biases are one thing. This phenomenon is not news with regard to the situation in Israel. But this story was nothing short of absurd. And from CBS? CBS, which was synonymous with honesty and accuracy when I was growing up? CBS, with anchorman Walter Cronkite, whose picture you could find in the dictionary under “avuncular”? Of course we could trust him when he concluded his nightly broadcasts, nodding with certainty as he proclaimed, “And that’s the way it is.”

Maybe that’s the way it was, but no more.

If you’ve been to Jerusalem, you’ve seen Hadar Cohens everywhere. It was all too easy for me to imagine the gruesome scene that ended her 19-year-old life.

It’s already insane enough that Jews are being slaughtered with impunity in our own land, but now we see with stunning clarity how the mainstream media lies about it!

Thank G-d, a watchdog organization successfully pressured CBS to change the headline, but its original version has already been imprinted on millions of minds.

I don’t suggest we try to psychoanalyze why this media folly is happening, but everyone reading this post must know that it IS happening. And that we Jews must not despair.

The Jewish state and the Jewish people aren’t going anywhere, To me, this CBS story sheds an unmistakeable light on a painful truth: our only real friend is The One Above.

Every Friday night, Jewish women have the power to beseech Him. We can light Shabbos candles on time, and we can encourage other Jewish women to do it, too. And when we light, we can beg G-d to protect us all from our enemies. But that’s not the ultimate answer. We must beg Him to transform the world’s darkness into light by sending Moshiach NOW.



  1. Reply

    Tova Feinman

    According to FBI crime statistics 59% of hate crimes based on religion are committed against Jews, 12% against Muslims. Yet, our government declares “the rise in hate against Muslims is intollerable”. CBS reflects that same inverted logic. When I begin to dispair I remember HaShem gave we Jews the Torah on Sinai not anyone else. We are blessed by HaShem
    with Torah and mitzvot. While I daven for an end to violence against us, I would not trade places with those that live less targeted lives. I stand with our special relationship with G-d no matter what.

    1. Reply

      Lieba Rudolph

      Thanks for commenting, Tova…We just have to keep our eye on the goal of ending the darkness once and for all!

  2. Reply

    Barbara Shear

    Thank you for giving me something positive to focus on…. That story has upset me ( and many many others ) for days. I was talking to Herb about it at lunch. We Jews are ever hopeful …. I know I will honor Hadar’s memory for s long time to come
    Good Shabbous to all

    1. Reply

      Lieba Rudolph

      I’m so glad to hear from you, Barb, and to know that my post has helped you focus. Please G-d, the world’s absurdity is an indication that we’re close to our nation’s happy ending. It can’t happen soon enough!!

  3. Reply

    Hana Blume

    Did Esther merely retire to her quarters
    to beg God to save the Jews? Did Mattathias merely
    pray for the speedy arrival of moshiach to overcome the Syrians?
    Observance and piety may be essential but are not sufficient to address media bias. No media monitoring group can have any effect alone. Everyone who sees slanted reporting must actively object to it . How can God help us win battles that we don’t fight?
    As for the good old days of CBS, they were something of an illusion fed by our innocence.

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      Lieba Rudolph

      Hi Hana. And thanks for writing. You don’t sound so pleased with my effort though. While we could debate what measures should be taken, and the value of different approaches, we agree that action is key. I’m open to your suggestions!

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