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Without Eretz Yisrael, the Torah is a shrunken, truncated, mini-version of the complete Torah of Eretz Yisrael.
“How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” King David asks. The answer is that we can’t.
The darkness of materialism is so great, who can fight against it?
It’s time for the Jews of America to get out of the country with their money while they can.
My harsh criticism is reserved for extremist behavior that is a result of those Hashkafos – even if it is from my own.
If you think that living in a Xtrian land doesn’t affect you at all, it’s because your brain has been so saturated with dreams of white Christmases.
Each individual Jew should put his life in line with the goal of Clal Israel and not just live a private, ritual Judaism, practicing personal precepts, stripped of our national essence.
Jewish life changes when we are in Galut. Not only does our Clalli soul disappear, but every detail of our life is affected.
This is the Land of Miracles, where our Redemption is unfolding today.
We become a “light to the nations” precisely when we are living together in Eretz Yisrael.
During the reign of King Solomon, the Nation of Israel was at its prime. We lived in peace in our own homeland. A Jewish government ruled over the country from the majestic city of Jerusalem. All of the people gathered for the Festivals at the Temple three times a year. Jewish law went forth from the Sanhedrin. Prophets communicated the word of the Lord to the Nation and the world. A powerful Jewish army guarded the country’s borders. Torah was studied in great academies of learning. Hebrew was spoken on the street. The leaders of foreign nations flocked to Jerusalem to pay tribute to the Jews.
To rectify the blemish caused by galut, the Diaspora Jew has to stop being in exile and join the ingathered. He has to actualize the words of his daily prayers, “And gather us together from the four corners of the earth” by getting on a plane.
One of Rav Kook's public proclamations, sent out all over the Diaspora, years before the Holocaust, was entitled, “The Great Call”: "To the Land of Israel, gentlemen, to the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry."
National Union Chairman MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) says the Jewish Home and National Union factions will announce, officially and together, "that we'll be running jointly in the next election." At a time when polls are showing the Religious Zionist camp losing at least one seat in the coming election, reunification couldn't come too soon. But the road back may not be simple.
Israel's 2005 withdrawal from Gaza was presented to the world as a strategic bid to enhance prospects for peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
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