When we daven for the apikorsim to be destroyed we say וכל המינים כרגע יאבדו. Does that mean that they themselves should be destroyed, or are we talking about their thoughts, their ideas?
When we say וכל הרשעה כרגע תאבד you have to know what we’re asking for. The first thing we want is that all the reshaim should do teshuva. That’s the best result of our tefillah, that they should do teshuva.
But fast! We can’t wait for it! And if they’re going to delay, then let them drop dead in the meantime.
That’s why in this bracha we say three times the word m’heirah. Three times we ask Hashem: “Do it quickly!” That’s more than any other bracha. Because the reshaim are a big danger for everyone and therefore no bracha is as urgent as this bracha. So three times we ask: m’heirah, m’heirah, m’heirah! Quickly, quickly, quickly!
So let’s say you pass a Jew for yushkeh handing out leaflets in the street; he wants Jews to become meshumadim. So you say: “Ribono Shel Olam, please lead him b’derech hateshuva. Please help him do teshuva. In the meantime however, if he doesn’t do it right away, let him drop dead.” We can’t wait! He’s doing us too much harm in the meantime.
TAPE # E-183 (February 1999)
Are the Reform Jews justified when they write or say that the Orthodox Jews hate them?
I can’t tell you – I don’t know what all Orthodox Jews are thinking. But this Orthodox Jew over here – I despise them. I don’t hate them, I despise them. Yes, I despise them. Reform Jews are willing to do all kinds of wicked things. If you can have a rabbi, a Reform rabbi who is gay, is there anything worse than that?! The New York Times wrote “The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation is proud to welcome their new Rabbi – him and his partner”. And you want to love them?! You want to love a snake? I don’t even understand what the question is. You despise them! What’s the question?! That’s a rabbi?! He’s a mushchas! And they honor that man?! It’s terrible.
And the Reform rabbis are pressing that gay marriage should be permitted. They are at the forefront of the movement. It’s a terrible thing. These reshaim are ruining America. Even the Christians are saying, “What’s going on here? These are Jews?! Look at what the Jews are doing to America”.
So what should we do, love them? What’s the question? What’s even the question?
Well, my question is, that maybe we should hate their deeds, what they do, but not them?
Look, when we talk about reshaim we don’t make such a palginan diburah. No lomdus. If he’s a rasha, a low rasha, you hate him. Imagine, a man is a gay and he stands up with a little prayer shawl around his neck as the Rabbi. Are you just going to hate his deeds – and you’ll love him personally?!! You’re making a joke out of it?
TAPE # E-265 (March 2001)