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Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rosh Yeshiva at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Yerushalaim, would emphasize the proper relationship that a Jew should have to Torah by saying, “Thank G-d, we don’t choose which mitzvot we do like some people do. We don’t say, ‘This mitzvah is pleasing to me, so I’ll do it, but this mitzvah is too difficult so I won’t. We keep all of the Torah with complete emunah and faith in the Lord.”

We should all strive to be Haredi like Moshe, our teacher, who rushed to do every mitzvah he could and who wanted to observe the Torah in the Land of Israel more than anything else. And one other point – Moshe didn’t want his children to be Haredi in Egypt, or in the wilderness of Sinai. He wanted them to be Haredi in the Land of Israel.

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And definitely not in the United States of America.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent point!
    So, the love or hate of the Holy Land of Israel determines who is a true Haredi or a true Yaredi (smihut – those who have gone down from Israel).
    Yaredim – don’t honor/respect Yom Atzm’ut and pray Tahanun instead of Hallel, don’t stand in silence for those killed in the Holocaust or killed in all the wars of Israel, hate the IDF and avoid to serve in some community service of the country and refuse to take an active part in the building of the country including actively posting their opinions on blog talk back forums so as to help others love the Holy Land of Israel.

  2. The mitzvah of dwelling in the Land of Israel is mentioned more times than any other commandment, it is an imperative to live here. To willingly forgo this mitzvah is a huge issue.

  3. Without getting into a master thesis explanation, let’s just say that there are three main forms of Judaism, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform. Within each division there are further divisions, Orthodox probably having the most of them all. Heredi is such an orthodox division. Though it is not an “official” term; yet, to say conservadox would be like saying there is a place in between the Orthodox and conservative divisions. Therefore, to say that one fears G-d (Hared) and wants to fulfill ALL mitzvoth to the highest degree (Haredi); yet, acts like a conservative wherein making Aliyah is not important, then one is not Haredi but rather a conservadox.
    I do not take money for such explanations; however, if this explanation satisfies you, then drop a $1.00 bill in a zadaka box.

  4. During my review of the previous weekly parasha, Vaethchanan (Deut 4:15,16), I relearned again a couple of words which fit this blog perfectly: ונשמרתם מאד לנפשתיכם…..פן-תשחתון. Guard yourselves very much to the life of your souls….G-d forbid (Do not) corrupt yourselves.
    Keeping the mitzvoth is just as much in our power and responsibility to accomplish as is to not keeping them thereby corrupting ourselves. Surely, one with any level of responsible thinking cannot truly believe that one will not become corrupted if they don’t keep the mitzvah of Aliyah. Come HOME now!

  5. According to you then, I'm a true haredi, even though I don't even dress frum. I just thought I was a Jew and it was normal to want to make Aliyah with all my heart and accomplish the mitvot to the best of my ability.
    Thanks for the compliment, even though I don't think I deserve it, it still warms my heart.

  6. The Haredim have a history of following ALL the commandments. The Haredim who do not uphold and follow the commandment of making Aliyah to Israel have turned their status of ultra-orthodox Judaism to Flexidox Judaism by reflecting its original intent and spirit in prayer of living in Israel but are opposed to its otherwise actual physical enactments (moving to Israel).

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