Latest update: May 28th, 2012
After the holiday, in accord with the charge of the celestial Zionist messenger who had visited them on Shavuot night, they all made aliyah, with the Zionists, Rabbi Yosef Caro and Rabbi Shlomo Alkebetz leading the way. Shortly afterward, the Zionist, the holy Arizal, joined them in Safed. Along with the Zionist Rabbi Haim Vital, who recorded all of the Arizal’s teachings which came to him through the unique Ruach HaKodesh of Eretz Yisrael.
This, my friends, as Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook would tell his students, was the real beginning of the Zionist Movement, even preceding the Gaon of Vilna who, three hundred years later, sent his students to settle the parched and desolate Land, warning them of the terrible storm that was approaching, and declaring, with a trembling voice and tears in his prophetic eyes, that there would only be a refuge in Zion (See the book Kol HaTor, Ch.5).
Yes, God is a Zionist. We all should be too.
Happy Shavuot!Tzvi Fishman
About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" will be available soon as a DVD.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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