Vanunu and other Apostates
To the Editor:
The treason of atom-spy Mordechai Vanunu reminds one of how
the 12th prayer of the Amidah against the tiny number
of Jewish traitors in every generation is eternally
Even more unforgivable is Vanunu's apostasy to Christianity.
Although the vast majority of Jews remained loyal to their
faith over a millennia of threats, torture, inquisition, auto
da fe, pogroms, cultural censorship, economic repression, and
material blandishments, there has indeed been a steady
trickle of apostates to Christianity.
The Editor Replies:
As HaRav Moshe Shapira once stressed, in referring to the
twelfth brochoh of the Amidah (Hilchos Tefilloh
2:1), the Rambam says, ". . . and when he saw that this is
the greatest of all the needs of man, [Rabbon Gamliel] and
his beis din stood up and established this
brochoh . . . "
May Hashem save us all from the efforts against us of all
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