The Prophets, the Process and the Promised Land
Looking to take advantage of his fathers physical state, Davids son Adoniyahu proclaims himself King of Israel. Two of King Davids advisers Yoav ben Tzruyah and Evyatar HaKohen side with Adoniyahu, while the rest of his aides such as Tzadok HaKohen, Benayahu ben Yehoyada, Nathan the prophet, Shimi, Rayi and others remain loyal to King David. Adoniyahu then holds a big sacrificial ceremony, to which he invites various VIPs while demonstratively ignoring his brother Solomon, Nathan the Prophet and others opposed to his maneuver. Nathan the Prophet then asks Bathsheba, Solomons mother, to go and speak to the ailing King David to inform him of Adoniyahus plot and to remind him of his promise that Solomon would rule as his heir. Bathsheba speaks to King David first and Nathan the Prophet then enters the room and confirms what she has said. King David then reaffirms his vow that his son Solomon will rule as king.
Connection between the Haftorah and this weeks Parsha (Torah
At Deaths Door
While it is tempting to suggest that such apathy is perhaps preferable, since it allows one to maintain ones sanity in an otherwise impossible situation, the fact is that such indifference is neither normal nor productive. As we saw in the Haftorah, even King David - a man of tremendous faith and trust in G-d, author of the book of Psalms, warrior-king who defeated Israels enemies and established the Davidic monarchy even he, when he saw the Angel of Death nearby, was overcome by fear and emotion. Yet as old as he was, as immobilized as he might have been, King David agreed to allow his aides to do whatever they could to heal him, from wrapping him in blankets to taking the rather extreme step of finding him a virgin to lie next to him in bed. We see from this how a person must react when death is at the door he must do everything in his power to stave off its advance. He can not simply collapse into his bed and hope for the best, ignoring the approaching threat.
Similarly, Israel today must rise up out of its slumber, and do what it can to turn back the Angel of Death and his bomb-laden emissaries. As King David demonstrated - if standard measures do not do the job, then exceptional measures must be undertaken. If diplomacy does not work (and it hasnt), then Israel has no choice but to resort to overwhelming military force to protect itself. If we as a nation see that the Angel of Death has his sword in hand, ready to strike, then it is up to us to turn him away empty-handed.
Seeing and Believing
Sensing that his fathers reign was drawing to a close, King Davids son Adoniyahu seeks to exploit his fathers physical state to seize control of the crown and declare himself king over Israel. In an attempt to publicly establish his rule, Adoniyahu convenes a sacrificial ceremony, inviting key personalities to attend, in the hopes of showing the people that his accession to the throne enjoyed widespread acceptance among the nations elite. The text says, And Adoniyahu slew sheep and oxen and fatlings and he called all his brothers, the kings sons, and all the men of Judah, the kings servants. But Nathan the prophet and Benayahu and the mighty men and Solomon his brother he did not call (Chap. 1, verses 9-10).
I think the answer lies in looking at ourselves and how we relate to the events around us. The victory in the 1948 War of Independence that solidified the establishment of the State of Israel, the ingathering of the Exiles, the liberation of Jerusalem all are miracles which clearly and unequivocally represent the fulfillment of G-ds promises to the Jewish people. They herald the onset of the final redemption, as the Prophets of Israel foretold long ago. We believe that to be the case, yet, like Adoniyahu, we somehow fail to translate that belief from the realm of our thoughts to the realm of our actions. We believe in something, yet, like Adoniyahu, we act differently from our beliefs. Yes, we believe that G-d told us that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people and yet there are those who are willing to compromise on it. Yes, we believe the prophecies that the Jewish people would settle in Samaria and plant vineyards there, yet there are those who would nevertheless be willing to uproot Jews from their homes and banish them from Samaria.
It is time we put an end to this incongruity, and bring our political beliefs in line with our theological faith. We can not believe in one thing, profess an entirely different point of view, and then think of ourselves as consistent. Adoniyahu may have believed in Nathans prophecy, but he failed to act accordingly, and the result was his downfall. If we as a nation are to avoid a similar fate, then we must stop being ashamed of our beliefs rather, we must embrace them and act in accordance with them. The Land of Israel is ours because G-d said so. That is our belief and now it must become the basis of our actions as well