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Biblical Faith And Practical Zionism


These same leaders witnessed countless miracles as the Almighty lead the nation of Israel victoriously out of Egypt and helped the Jewish armies defeat the armies of Amalek. Nonetheless, they did not recognize the divine protection of the Almighty guiding the Jewish people toward their redemption, and delivered negative accounts of what they had seen in Eretz Yisrael. They only perceived the gigantic powers of the Canaanites, while seeing the Jewish people as weak and inferior to them.

Even though Moses asked them to recognize the divine essence of Eretz Yisrael, they were blinded by their fear and came to the conclusion that the Jews could not prevail. The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, were authentic leaders and reported that the land was very good and if the Almighty brought them there, He would surely ensure their success in inheriting the land. Their perception was a clear expression of a policy of faith and recognition of divine guidance and Jewish destiny, and ultimately their vision prevailed and the Jewish people were led into a land of milk and honey.

In the Six-Day War forty years ago, the Almighty saved us from Nasser’s proclamation of utter destruction by inspiring the Jewish nation to arise, fight and destroy its enemies. The victory brought us a great step forward in our process of redemption and ensured our existence as a Jewish nation by returning us to the heart of our homeland, to Jerusalem and Hebron, Jericho and Gush Etzion, Shilo and Eli, Elon Moreh and Beit El.

This policy of faith in our divine mission aroused thousands of Jews to restore Jewish life to our ancient towns and cities and created the astounding phenomenon of 300,000 Jews living in these renewed biblical areas of Eretz Yisrael. This reality is not just one of numbers but of flourishing Jewish life and of worshipping the Almighty in joy, which has helped us overcome all the pain and suffering from Arab terror and the anguish brought upon us by irresponsible and shameful acts of our own government.

I want to share with all my dear friends and readers my unwavering feeling of confidence regarding our future. Hesitant and weak elected officials will not determine the future of our homeland. What will determine it is the spirit of faith embodied by our nation, which motivates us to be ready to fight for the existence of Eretz Yisrael against all enemies who want to destroy us.

Leaders devoid of Jewish faith and lacking recognition of the divine guidance of this Zionist process of Jewish redemption have led us along the path of the ten disloyal spies who saw themselves as grasshoppers, forced to flee our enemies. Leaders who continue this policy, which has brought so much pain and suffering upon our people, have lost the trust of the people and therefore forfeited the privilege to lead our nation to redemption.

We, the Jews of Judea and Samaria who continue in the path of Joshua and Caleb, inspired by our divine mission of redemption, can still hear their resounding proclamation: “We will continue to go up and inherit the land for we will succeed” (Bamidbar 13:30).

About the Author: Rabbi Eliezer Waldman is rosh yeshivaof Yeshivat Nir Kiryat Arba.


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