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What can we do today in Rabbi Kahane’s absence? Whatever we can, each of us to the extent of our abilities. Within the reach of our arms. We must continue to spread his message. Rabbi Kahane may be gone, but Chazal have taught us that even in death the righteous live on. Yet, they only live if we give their teachings life. Life beyond the computer keyboard or social media outlets. Rabbi Kahane was no armchair activist. The street was what made him a Jewish gibor. Ideology articulated with action. Without implementing Rabbi Kahane’s ideas on the ground, his ideas will remain relegated to books, discussions, and various other outlets for armchair activism.

Read Rabbi Kahane’s timeless books, “They Must Go!” and his final say on the matter, “Revolution or Referendum.” Read his Torah works. Internalize the message. Rabbi Kahane wasn’t just right when Jewish blood spills freely in the streets. That’s a visceral reaction that unfortunately dissipates in time with most people. Use your head. If he’s correct today, then he’s correct tomorrow. Don’t be a bandwagon “Kahanist” or what Rabbi Kahane referred to as a “closet Kahanist.” Let his words resonate across the country, nay, let them thunder across the world. And let the deaf and dumb politicians in our midst hear the message loudly and without any confusion: Rabbi Kahane is still alive! Arabs out!

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*For a more comprehensive analysis of the issue of transfer and Rabbi Kahane’s platform, feel free to check out my previous article, “Transfer: Still the Only Solution.”

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15 COMMENTS

  1. My own return to observance and zionism was largely inspired by the life and writings of this great Rav. Thank you for writing this wonderful tribute and thank you to the Jewish Press for publishing.

  2. I met Rabbi Meyer Kahane in Jerusalem and felt his energy and dynamic personality. He would have set Israel on a righteous and solid foundation to deal with murderous Islam whereas Bibi doesn't know what to do except to give in to them in shame in the eyes of the world.

  3. [Surak] Thank you, Mr. Fuchs. I'm one of those people who acknowledge in the closet "R. Kahane was right." Now what? The people are so delusional that it's hard for them to detect wisdom until they are personally hurt (and not always then). Otzma performed so poorly in the last election they didn't elect a single member to the Knesset. Perhaps Moshe Feiglin will succeed where others have failed; I don't know.

    R. Kahane was virtually alone in promoting a holistic Judaism that includes the critical ingredient of nationalism, a trait that is accepted in all other peoples of the world but is somehow controversial with respect to Jews. I enthusiastically share your rejection for G. Meir's inane hand-wringing comment about peace.

    Still, you must admit that as much as R. Kahane was factually correct about issues of our survival, he also scared off many Jews. His legacy is one part of what is needed to heal the Jewish nation, but the other part comes from the other great rabbinical leader of the 20th century, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. His warmth and ahavath Yisrael provided and still provide encouragement for our timid brethren to reconnect with our heritage. I am still looking for that leader who synthesizes the warmth, righteousness, and outreach of the Lubavitcher Rebbe with the passion and national dedication of R. Kahane. Chesed and g'vurah both giving rise to tifereth.

  4. Same for me and Rabbi Kahane instilled in me Jewish pride and the knowledge of the greatness that we lost in during exile. I used to religiously read Rabbi Kahane's articles in the Jewish Press every chance i had.
    Since my parents came from Iraq, I learned what Arabs were from them and the danger they pose to us. Rabbi Kahane IS right about the Arab cancer in Eretz Yisrael.

  5. As a great admirer of R' Kahane HY"D, i especially appreciated this quote: "In Eretz Yisroel, the Arabs were truly terrified of him. Like an enraged Shimshon Hagibor, the Arabs feared him, because much like Samson, his strength was an anomaly that they could not understand. It derived from the very personality of this magnificent tzadik. He had their number."
    Amen

  6. The Jews one encounters in the TaNa"KH are not trembling, sniveling cowards begging the world to love them. And they weren't hyper-liberals who thought their great mission was to destroy the idea that there is such a thing as Objective Religious Truth and a One True G-d. The Jews of the TaNa"KH were rustic Theocratic warrior-shepherds who kicked tachat and took shemot. Even back when I was a Xian I admired Rabbi Kahana' (zt"l; Hy"d) and thought he was a gilgul of Yehoshu`a Bin Nun. And when reading the TaNa"KH, what picture forms in one's mind? Rabbi Kahana'–or (lehavdil!) Abe Foxman???

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