i guess part of that time was spent on useless "seichel"-less knock-down blogging of Israel and the logic displayed maybe was not only time-consuming but not helpful for law studies? but like you wrote in your apology, in another couple of months, maybe things will aright.
The background to this to a person who just failed the bar exams?
He's a Rabbi. Eli, eee-lie not eh-lee. From Ner Israel!! and this Rabbi published a post in which he was
...dealing with my emotions regarding war. The reason these latent emotions surfaced is because of the very real war that is happening right now in Israel. I explained my emotions in a post that challenged the utility of war...my Israeli readers were mostly incensed. I was attacked in private messages in ways that made the public comments look like glowing praise. The public comments questioned my sanity, dedication to my brothers and sisters in Israel, among several other harsh judgments. To the Israeli readers, the post was seen as insensitive at best, idiotic at worst.
I could try to rebut or explain what I meant to those who left comments. Shtika is not always hoda’ah. But I feel that it is not useful to carry on the debate at this point. I accept your criticisms and hope you can accept this:
...I absolutely do not equate the actions of the two sides in this current conflict. I continue to support my brothers and sisters in Israel. The pain and suffering of our brethren in Israel keeps me up at night and I am extremely concerned for their wellbeing. I admire the strength and courage of the soldiers and their families. Let us pray for a quick resolution to this war.
Please accept my apology and forgive me for being an unwelcome distraction in this time of need.
Maybe in a few months we can talk about what I meant in my post. But for now, I am sorry.
Let's quote him exactly:-
... The entire idea that since I am born in Place A and you are born in Place B means that I am right and you are wrong is something that does not fit in with modern thinking. If I was born in Gaza, I am sure I would sympathize more with Gaza. If a member of Hamas was born in Tel Aviv he would feel differently too. In other words, these convictions and affiliations that create friction are a fiction of our own creation. Why should it matter where on is born? That’s no fault of our own. We can’t control these affiliations for the most part, and so it seems borderline insane to place so much stock in these affiliations.and
...the overall point here is that when analyzed, war is pretty senseless. I understand that sometimes events that are out of our control force our hand and we find ourselves in open conflict. I just feel that if humanity could understand this, we would be a lot better off and we could focus on the progress of humanity as a whole.
I cry for the victims of terror. I cry for innocent civilians in Gaza who are caught in the crossfire. I cry for the families that are under constant threat of violence. I cry for people born into the worst of situations, as they are in Gaza. I cry for children who are taught that the only way out of their struggle is violence. I cry for people who feel oppressed and see no way out of their predicament. I cry for people who inherited an almost impossible to resolve problem. I cry for all of them. But most of all, I cry that we cannot resolve our differences without death and violence.
His basic discombobulated pacifism:
Israel is at war with Hamas. I find myself in a familiar position. That is, unable to comprehend the entire concept of war.
This is a Rabbi?
Since this post has merited hundreds of hits, let me add what I left at the Rabbi's Facebook page:
thanks for the "lovely". as for your opening statement which started all this - that you are "unable to comprehend the entire concept of war", well, the Torah (which has no relation to ancient or modern) explicitly informs us - "כי תצא למלחמה על אויבך" - that it will happen, and the Rambam devotes a whole section - הלכות מלכים ומלחמות - to an Halachic treatment of the subject and so, while I can comprehend someone, even a Rabbi, expressing non-comprehension about a subject that the prophet Yoel 4 makes clear: קִרְאוּ-זֹאת, בַּגּוֹיִם, קַדְּשׁוּ, מִלְחָמָה; הָעִירוּ, הַגִּבּוֹרִים--יִגְּשׁוּ יַעֲלוּ, כֹּל אַנְשֵׁי הַמִּלְחָמָה.
כֹּתּוּ אִתֵּיכֶם לַחֲרָבוֹת, וּמַזְמְרֹתֵיכֶם לִרְמָחִים; הַחַלָּשׁ, יֹאמַר גִּבּוֹר אָנִי. - and wishing for a no-war reality, I cannot quite understand his impulse to make that non-comprehension so public, excuse me, bafflement. If you cannot understand from where Hamas is coming, its Islamic fanaticism and its blatant anti-Semitism (you have read its Charter?) then how are your congregants to understand? We all have doubts but leaders who display such naivety or wishful thinking, especially as Israel faces such an onslaught solely directed at civilian targets, is irresponsible.