We earlier reported on Rabbi Yossi Dayan’s intention to
use voodoo use pulsa denura, literally meaning ‘lashes of fire’, on Ariel Sharon. The ceremony took place last Thursday at the grave of Shlomo Ben-Yosef, a Betar member who was hanged by the British in 1938 for firing on an Arab bus in protest of numerous attacks by Arabs on Jewish targets. Activist Baruch Ben Yosef explained
Ben Yosef gave his life for the Jewish people and refused to recognize the British government, while Sharon does everything for himself.
This curse was invoked against Yitzhak Rabbin several months before his assassination.
Muffti’s casual research (read: use of Google) did not reveal much about the contents of the ceremony, other than a statement by Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok, from Yeshivat Benei N’vi’im. According to him:
The Pulsa DeNora has wrongfully been associated with a certain school of Kabbalah known as Kabbalah Ma’asit (magic). The Pulsa D’Nora is not a magical formula. Torah and Judaism have no connection to or tolerance of magic in any form. Therefore, the consideration of anything in holy Kabbalah, an integral part of HaShem’s Torah from Sinai to have any ties to magic is a spurious and offensive suggestion. The Pulsa D’Nora is actually not a ‘curse of death’ as many mistakenly believe. No Rabbi or Kabbalist has the right or authority to curse another to death.
Phew! And Muffti was worried that it was something weird! So, what is it?
In essence the Pulsa D’Nora is nothing more that a desperate cry of help to G-d. One who believes in the power of prayer will be impressed with this. One who does not believe in the power of prayer will ignore the Pulsa as such a one would ignore all other prayer.
Ah, well, THAT’s not so weird. Except for a quick qualifier:
It has been said, however, that the Pulsa D’Nora is not to be taken lightly. The ceremony does include the recitation of certain Holy Names. This itself is a sacred undertaking. It is said that when one approaches the Heavenly Court to judge the soul of the accused wicked one, the first one examined by the Heavenly Court is the petitioner. If the one seeking justice is himself not just and righteous, then the Pulsa can turn on his own head. It will be the petitioner who will meets his fate instead of the one who stands accused. For this reason, using the Pulsa D’Nora is a dangerous thing, for who can stand before the Heavenly Court and proclaim oneself to be righteous and just.
Ummn…a little weird?
Since Jewlicious has a participating Rabbi, perhaps he would be kind enough to fill Muffti in on the details.
ADDENDUM: Muffti forgot to write that according to Arutz Sheva:
Responding to the report, Yesha Council officials released a sharp condemnatory message, deploring the prayer service, emphasizing that it is not an acceptable action even in the ongoing battle against the expulsion plan.
Muffti would condemn the action too, but he thinks its too silly to bother.