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On the Way to a Jewish State (Part 2)

Out of our love of the Jewish People and our love of the land, we summon the courage to fight the enemy, without any mistaken illusions of achieving peace through surrender.
Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, dean of the Yitzhar Yeshivah

Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, dean of the Yitzhar Yeshivah
Photo Credit: Yitzhar Yeshivah

In our previous article, we laid the initial foundation for rectifying the state of Israel at the super-conscious and conscious-intellect levels of the psyche. With the first part in mind, we can now turn to the practical implications of the program for building a Jewish state. Settling the Land – Loving-kindness

The first of the attributes of the heart according to Kabbalah is the sefirah of chesed (loving-kindness). Like the right hand that offers and distributes goodness and blessing to all, this attribute is likewise motivated by love. The archetypal personality for this property is the first Jew, Abraham, the great believer and the man of loving-kindness, as the Torah phrase states, “Loving-kindness is to Abraham.”

On the public arena, the main relationship of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel is love, “The greatest sages would kiss the borders of the Land of Israel and kiss its stones and roll in its dust, as it says, ‘For Your servants desire its stones and its dust they have favored’.” Like a groom who loves his bride, such love effects a powerful attractive force, which, like a magnet, surpasses vast expanses of time and space.

That same love by power of which we have returned to the Land (not just because we were looking for a “safe refuge”) must be confirmed by a formal consummation of love, by declaring Jewish sovereignty over the entire country, as a natural right. We must also emphasize that this love is not just a natural love for our homeland, but a love that contains the full array of loving God (“Love Havayah, your God”); loving the Jewish People (“‘Love your fellowman as you love yourself’ is a great rule of the Torah”); and loving the Torah, because this fundamental triplet can only manifest in its entirety in the Land of Israel.

A clear statement must be issued to assert the fact that the source of our right to the Land of Israel is God’s promise to us in the Torah (as millions of gentiles all over the world also believe), and that the success of the reestablishment of the Jewish People in its land is only through God’s help. The Torah warns us that once we have settled the Land of Israel we should not say, “My power and the might of my hand has made me successful,” rather, we should “remember that Havayah your God is the one who has given you the power to be successful.” Following these lines, we suggest revising the declaration of independence for the Jewish state to include these basic principles of the Jewish People as it returns to its land.

Declaring sovereignty over all parts of the country that are in our possession is the “best thing” that can happen to the Jews and a necessary reaction on our part to the revelation of Divine loving-kindness in our era. This is not referring to a political declaration that is empty of content, but a statement that is accompanied by actions – because actions speak louder than words, as the mishnah states, “Say a little and do a lot.” We should wholeheartedly support settling the entire country, redeeming land, and developing agriculture and sources of livelihood, while heading towards financial independence and instilling a culture that balks at chasing after luxuries and advocates living modestly and frugally, “Who is rich? One who is happy with their lot,” “When you eat the efforts of your hand, happy are you and it is good for you.” A special emphasis should be placed on encouraging and preferring Jewish labor and raising the prestige of the Jewish worker through brotherly love, as the verse states, “And your brother shall live with you.”

About the Author: Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh is the Dean of Yeshivah Od Yosef Chai in Yitzhar. For more of Rabbi Ginsburgh's teachings, please visit Inner.org.


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3 Responses to “On the Way to a Jewish State (Part 2)”

  1. Louis Gavin says:

    And loving kindness that is not extended to 'the strangers among us' is not loving kindness.

  2. Gal Einai says:

    Response to Comments:

    The Rebbe always referred to institutionalized chesed as malchut chesed (welfare state, he used this term to praise America). The stranger among you is referring to a righteous convert (we are also commanded to be kind and giving to gerei toshav, who are friendly righteous gentiles who are permitted to live in Israel) but there is no mitzvah to be kind and give our land to sworn enemies etc. As far as symbolism and reality go, anyone who believes in the Torah with its inner dimension believes that reality begins above, what another would call symbolism, and evolves below (the rectification of below is by connecting it to its source above).

  3. Ronny Mol says:

    The gov't of Israel has used every system known to man: secularism, humanism, etc in 66 years. It has been an absolute failure. There is NO affordable housing for young couples, children fear going to school because of gangs, IDF is a joke, don't shoot unless they kill you first, Israeli Arabs do NOT have to pay taxes and most don't. We give foreign aid to suffering people but our own children, 900,000 plus go to sleep hungry. The system has failed both in the Knesset and Courts, especially the supreme court. Now do we continue or go the Torah system. I am fed up and I want the Torah system. How much suffering can a person take, how many lies can you tell yourself that everything will be okay. Million NIS is NOT enough to buy an apt, WHAT? Time for a change. I am ready.

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