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Rav Shlomo Aviner

Prepared by Rabbi Mordechai Tzion

God Bless America.


The Holy One, Blessed be He, does not withhold the reward due to any person, and the Holy One, Blessed be He, does not withhold the reward due to America.

America has performed a great act by publicly declaring that Yerushalayim is ours, that she is our capital.

After the Balfour Declaration, Maran Ha-Rav Kook was invited to a ceremony expressing gratitude to Britain. He said: I am not coming to thank Britain. They did not give us something which belonged to them, for the Land of Israel is already ours. Rather I am coming to bless Britain, since anyone who helps the Nation of Israel is deserved of blessing.

And now we have arrived at Balfour Declaration #2 or November 29th #2 (the date on which the UN General Assembly voted in favor of the establishment of the State of Israel): Yerushalayim!

America has acted in contrast to those who ignore the fact that Yerushalayim is mentioned 666 times in the Tanach, and in contrast to the words of the prophet Zechariah (12:3): “And it will come to pass on that day that I will make Yerushalayim a stone of burden for all peoples, all who burden themselves with it will be sorely wounded.” And so we say to America: “Yashar Koach!”

Even more so, we say “Yashar Koach” to our Prime Minister, Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu, who has led this process with strength and courage, determination and faith. May Hashem lengthen his days and his stewardship of our Nation.

And as it says in the first stanza of “God Bless America”: Let us all be grateful for a land so fair


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Rav Shlomo Aviner is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim. You can read Rav Aviner's blog at: