Rabbi Yisroel Hager, Vizhnitzer Rebbe (1860-1936)

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. Today, they are called “Zionists”. (Kedosh Yisroel ch. 16, p. 276)

Once he met a Zionist on the anniversary of Herzl’s death. The Zionist said, “In honor of this day it is proper to have a feast.” The Rebbe replied, “Certainly, for when the wicked perish there is joy.” (ibid. v. 2 ch. 24, p. 619)

In last week’s newspaper I saw things written in my name that I did not ever say or think of. I therefore request of you that you honor your newspaper’s principles and issue a correction. It claims that I said that “the Zionist idea is a lofty idea and no good Jew who follows the path of Judaism and clings to the commandments of G-d and His Torah should oppose this great idea”. This is a complete lie, for I never spoke such words. (ibid.)

I would very much like to travel to the Holy City of Jerusalem, but due to the “Zionists” I will not go, even if I would lock myself in my room and avoid any contact with them. (ibid. ch. 18 p. 300)

The Rebbe did not give everyone permission to go to the Holy Land, especially young people without their parents, lest they fall under the influence of the “Zionist” movement.

I am turning to you urgently to draw your attention to the holy obligation upon you to join the united religious kehillah (the Eidah Chareidis of Jerusalem), built on holy foundations, and not, G-d forbid, the kehillah of the Nationalist Council, which is not founded on the Torah of G-d. (ibid. ch. 24, letter 35)