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Rabbinic Quotations

Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky, Chief Rabbi of Vilna (1863-1940)

Oct 18 2012

Reb Chaim Ozer opposed the creation of a Jewish state due to the danger it would bring. The following is a letter to the Agudas Horabbonim of the United States and Canada, dated the fifth day of Selichos 5697 (1937).

Rabbi Boruch Ber Leibowitz, Rosh Yeshiva of Kamenitz (1870-1939)

Oct 17 2012

If you throw a coin into the Zionist “Jewish National Fund” collection box, you become a threat to the Jewish people. You bring misfortune upon the Jewish people.

Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapiro, Munkaczer Rebbe, author of Minchas Elazar (1871-1937)

Oct 15 2012

After the sin of the spies, the Torah tells us that some Jews tried to invade Eretz Yisroel against the command of Hashem: "And they awoke early in the morning, and they ascended to the mountaintop, saying, "Here we are, and we will go up to the place o

Rabbi Yisroel Hager, Vizhnitzer Rebbe (1860-1936)

Oct 14 2012

Satan is constantly changing his disguise and sending his agents to entrap the Jewish masses in his net, so that they throw the yoke of the Torah off their necks. The names of these agents change every few generations.

Rabbi Yosef Rosen, the Rogatchover Gaon (1858-1936)

Oct 12 2012

The Rogachover Gaon (1858-1936), in a letter of reply to Rabbi Yitzchok Sternhell of Tzanz, editor of the monthly Torah journal "Hakochav," wrote:

Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, author of Chofetz Chaim (1838-1933)

Oct 11 2012

The Chofetz Chaim opposed Zionism because it violates the principles of Yaakov Avinu and our code of conduct in exile.

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, chief rabbi of Jerusalem (1848-1932)

Oct 09 2012

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld used an analogy: Once there was a prince who excelled in all areas and was perfect in every way. He was also the only child of his father, the king, and his father loved him dearly. One day the prince became seriously ill.

Rabbi Chaim Shaul Douek, Leader of the Sephardic Kabbalists of Jerusalem

Oct 08 2012

This is how the Zionists succeed in capturing the religious: by means of the Mizrachi, who disguise themselves as rescuers [of the Torah], when in truth it is they who are the destroyers and damagers of the path of Torah. May G-d spare us from them.

Rabbi Shlomo Eliezer Alfandri, leader of the Sephardic community in Jerusalem (1820-1930)

Oct 07 2012

I hereby make known that it is forbidden for any Jew whose forefathers stood at Mount Sinai and has a portion in the G-d of Israel and His Torah, to remain a member in the Nationalist Council, which has lifted up its hand against the Torah of Moses and

Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch, Rav and Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe (d. 1930)

Oct 06 2012

Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch (1860-1930), rav and rosh yeshiva of Telz, bases his discussion of Zionism on the statement of Chazal (Sanhedrin 97a), "The son of Dovid will not come until the Jewish people give up on the redemption...

Rabbi Solomon Breuer, rav of Frankfurt (1850-1926)

Oct 04 2012

But more than the most radical reform, Jewish truth is threatened by the movement propagated under the name of Zionism, which, if given ever greater influence would, God forbid, only serve to prolong our Galuth.

Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, author of Ohr Somayach (1843-1926)

Oct 03 2012

Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk brings up the oaths in his comment on Yosef's last words to his brothers: "G-d will surely visit you and take you up from this land, to the land that He promised to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov." Yosef was warning them not to

Rabbi Shmuel Borenstein, the Shem Mishmuel (1856-1926)

Oct 02 2012

The book of Shemos begins, “And these are the names of the children of Yisroel who came to Egypt, with Yaakov, each man with his household came.” The patriarch Yaakov had two names: Yaakov and Yisroel.

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach, Belzer Rebbe (1854-1925)

Sep 30 2012

Zionism itself is founded on denial of G-d’s providence, reward and punishment and the coming of the redeemer. Nationalism is built only on the ruins of the holy Torah, belief in G-d, His prophets, and the Talmudic Sages.

Rabbi Moshe Hager, the Kossover Rebbe (1860-1925)

Sep 29 2012

The Kossover Rebbe quoted the oath against forcing the end (yidchaku) and applied it to Zionism. Rashi says it means that we must not pray too much; how much more is it forbidden to try to end exile through political means.

Rabbi Mordechai Leib Winkler, rav of Madd (1845–1932)

Sep 28 2012

Rabbi Mordechai Leib Winkler, rav of Madd, wrote the following to Rabbi Yonasan Steiff, rav of Budapest, who asked his opinion about an organization to settle Eretz Yisroel, probably a project of Agudah (printed in Levushei Mordechai, v.

Rabbi Yisroel Perlow, Stoliner Rebbe (1868-1921)

Sep 28 2012

A copy of the testament of Rabbi Yisroel of Stolin, passed away on second day of Rosh Hashanah, 5682 (1921), buried in Frankfurt, Germany.

Rabbi Shalom Ber Schneersohn, Lubavitcher Rebbe (1860-1920)

Sep 27 2012

Even if these men were loyal to Hashem and His Torah, and even if there were a chance that they would achieve their goal, we must not listen to them in this matter, to make our redemption with our own power.

Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald, Rav of Satmar, Hungary (1845-1920)

Sep 25 2012

It should not occur to you that you, by human hands, can build the ruins of Jerusalem, and arouse the end of exile with great love of the Jewish people, to improve their state through this action, as the Zionists hold.

Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, Rabbi of Brisk (1853-1918)

Sep 24 2012

When Rabbi Chaim of Brisk spoke about Zionism, he gave the following parable: Once there was a town in which there was a well that had been closed and sealed for as long as anyone could remember.

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