Justice and Justice – The Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

  • There is a battle in the world for freedom.
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was against freedom. Trump is for freedom and democracy.
  • The conflict in Israel which has delayed making a government is between the old age who are against freedom and the new age.

President Donald Trump announced proudly to the world “Last night the American Army brought the greatest terrorist in the world to justice.”  Abu Bakr al –Baghdadi was the leader of the terrorist organization ISIS which was and still is a threat to the whole world. Similar to this event came the time when the Obama administration announced the death of Osama Bin Ladin who had been the organizer of the terrorist attack which downed the Twin Towers in New York and a part of the Pentagon in Washington.

America has done justice.  They have done justice to destroy justice.  It is clear to see that there is a difference of opinion in the meaning of justice. Both ISIS and Al-Qaeda claim to be the messengers of God to bring justice to the world. There is a difference of opinion on the meaning of justice; which needs clarification.  The world needs a correction not through violence but through mercy.

Both Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Osama Bin Ladin were religious fanatics. They were true believers in God and in their religious doctrine, the Koran. They were performing their works of death and destruction believing that they were doing the justice of God. Religious fanaticism is not over. It did not begin today; it has been around from the beginning of the first established religion in the world. It is a great problem for humanity who believe in the justice of mercy and freedom.  Jesus Christ and the Bible, principally the Kabballa, gives the proper solution which are the words  ”Love your enemy.”  Al-Qaeda and ISIS are the enemies of the believers in freedom and democracy.  They are dangerous and need to be controlled.  They are seeking to force discipline on humanity.  They have a message from the Koran, the scripture of the prophet Mohammed, which is unacceptable in today’s world but has in it justice– but not the type of justice acceptable in the free world.

Religion and freedom are opposites.  Whether it be Judaism, Christianity, or Islam their scriptures command acceptance of their doctrines which are claimed to be the laws and commandments of God. These three religions do not preach free choice but claim that those who transgress on the word of God are called sinners and are subject to divine punishment. ISIS and Al-Qaeda have chosen to take the law into their own hands; to punish the world for their sins. This may once have been acceptable, but not today.  In the world which believes in freedom, no one has the right to take the law into their own hands before a fair trial.

We learn the meaning of the attribute of justice and mercy from the Bible when was revealed to Moses Names: 6, the thirteen attributes of mercy. The Jews had built the Golden Calf and Moses prayed for their forgiveness. God revealed to him and for all generations the meaning of mercy saying, “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord, mighty merciful, and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in love and truth, producing kindness to thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, who will by no means clear the guilty, punishing the iniquity of the third and fourth generation.” The key words in this passage is “slow to anger” and waiting to bring justice three or four generations.”

In this passage of the thirteen attributes of mercy two times is mentioned the name of God, The Lord, The Lord.  The Kabballa (primarily the Zohar) explains that the two mentionings of the name of God represent his two attributes of justice and mercy. Even though we say God is One, he has two laws, follow two ways: the way of strict justice exemplified by ISIS; and the way of freedom and mercy where is postponed justice to give a chance for forgiveness and repentance.

In my previos essay on this subject is revealed the two number systems. One of these number systems represents the Law of God from 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.  The other number system includes the number Zero and negative numbers and positive numbers. The law of God which includes Zero has mercy even for sinners who exist in the realm of negative.  ISIS supports a law which has no mercy for sinners, no negative numbers.

America is fighting for the liberty and freedom symbolized by the Statue of Liberty.

Judaism began with a strict law not allowing transgression.  The Nation of Israel living under this law was conquered two times and the holy temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.  Judaism today exists in both realms of justice; two laws of God’s strictness and strictness with mercy. The conflict in Israel between the Ultra-Orthodox and Secular which has delayed the formation of a government comes from the difficulty in combining these two laws in one Unity Government.

America was founded by the Pilgrims who were Protestant. Protestantism was the beginning of the movement for reform of Orthodox Catholicism. The founders of America chose to establish a nation with freedom, justice and liberty.  The Statue of Liberty represents America. In the light of ISIS it is an idol which needs to be destroyed. America and the free world are fighting for the lady who is represented by the Statue of Liberty.

King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7:15 already saw the conflict between the two extremes of freedom, mercy and justice in his time. King Solomon is called the wisest of all men. He writes, “God made two conflicting extremes (which are mercy and justice).  All things have I seen in the days of my vanity; there is a just man who perishes in his justice, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in wickedness.  Be not righteous overmuch; and for sure not wicked.”

There will always be extremists in all directions. There is a middle path for America, Israel and the whole world.  About this the Lubavitcher Rabbi of blessed memory fought for in Judaism accepting both the righteous Jews with the wicked.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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