Why do you pour out your abuse on Zionism? It has no immediate influence over halacha.

Feb. 14, 2008

Your website breaks my heart. Where in all of this is 'vohavtoh l'reachoh c'mochoh'? You disgard as many great and commendable Rabbonim as you praise, in your effort to prove your point. Zionism in a basic sense has no immediate influence over Halakha and so does not warrant your abuse. You cannot be sure that the tremors of the past 60 years are not the 'birthpangs of the Moshiach' and even if they are not, why are you acting with hatred and not pouring extra love upon your brothers. You have taken a position similar to those who murdered Gedaliah, so blinded are you by your anger (even if some of it is valid) that you have lost sight of the bigger picture, the unity of Klal Yisrael and the Holiness of the Torah. Why not spend your time teaching Mitzvot that are practical to all Jews, teach Tzedakkah, Chesed and a love of Torah to your brothers. I assure you that if you desire success to be granted from the Almighty in your endeavours and for all Jews to acknowledge you truth, then only through exceptional righteousness can you accomplish this.This is not righteousness but a terrible Lashon Hara and my brothers, as a fellow Jew , it breaks my heart to read it.

Dear Mort,

You wrote: "Zionism in a basic sense has no immediate influence over Halakha and so does not warrant your abuse. You cannot be sure that the tremors of the past 60 years are not the 'birthpangs of the Moshiach' and even if they are not, why are you acting with hatred and not pouring extra love upon your brothers." This isn't a debate of speculation about what role Zionism plays in G-d's plans. That is really irrelevant and, as you say, is not for us to know. The issue is halacha and emunah: it is not permitted for Jews to rule Eretz Yisroel in our time. It is forbidden for Orthodox Jews to assist or encourage those Jews who are ruling Eretz Yisroel in violation of the Torah. It is our emunah that we must wait for moshiach and not take any action on our own.

There are many Jews today who violate this and other halachos, and as in all areas of kiruv, we dont want to present ourselves as hateful, but rather as reaching out and educating our brethren. I'm sorry that you got the wrong impression and I would appreciate any suggestion you have as to how we should reach out to other Jews without sounding hateful and condemning.