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How the Satmar Rebbe Answered the Brisker Rov's Question

May 23 2021

The year was 1959. The Brisker Rov, his family and guests sat around the table at the Sheva Berachos of his youngest son, R’ Meir, and the conversation turned to Zionism.

When the messiah comes, will you become Zionists too?

Dec 05 2017

Your question is based on a mistaken premise about the meaning of the messiah and the Jewish conception of the messianic world.

Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 38

Apr 05 2016

[In the previous siman, the Rebbe pointed out an apparent contradiction between two works of the Rambam.

Leon Pinsker

Nov 10 2015

Moreover, the belief in a Messiah, in the intervention of a higher power to bring about our political resurrection, and the religious assumption that we must bear patiently divine punishment, caused us to abandon every thought of our national liberation

Didn't G-d give the land of Israel to the Jews?

Dec 26 2012

Dear Rabbi,

Doesn't the land of Israel belong to the Jews as was given in B'resheet and and Sh'mot. In Yechezk'el says that G-d will gather his people fron exile?? I'm confused.

Robert Dorell

Doesn't G-d's covenant with Abraham imply Zionism?

Dec 25 2012

How do you counter those Christian Evangelicals who claim that the covenants with Abraham and his seed are everlasting and include certain territories specified in the Holy Scriptures?

If Zionism is wrong, why did Hashem make the land sprout due to Zionist labours?

Dec 06 2012

i can't understand the concept that the land of israel can sprout due to the
hard toils of the zionist labours. the ramban says (vayikra 26:16} as well
as can be historically acknowledged that throughout the jewish exile, the

Why do you claim that the Rambam makes teshuva a prerequisite for geulah?

Dec 04 2012

You often write that the Rambam says moshiach will compel all Jews to do teshuva before the geulah can begin, and that therefore even if Zionism were to claim that a particular person is moshiach, they would not be permitted to establish their state and

How will Jews know when to return to Israel?

Nov 27 2012

Dear Rabbi,

Greetings to you.
Would you please explain how the Jews are to know when they are to return to Israel.

Thank you,


How will you recognize the messiah?

Nov 27 2012

is the messiah a person or spirit and how will you recognize him?

Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik, the Brisker Rav (1887-1959)

Nov 07 2012

Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik related that the Brisker Rav once asked: Why is the wording of the last oath different from the first two?

Rabbi Yitzchok Weiss, the Spinker Rebbe (1875-1944)

Oct 26 2012

Rabbi Yitzchok Weiss found an allusion to Zionism in the story of the Akeidah. The Torah says, "On the third day, Avraham lifted up his eyes and saw the Place from afar” (Bereishis 22:4).

Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam, Grand Rabbi of Bobov (1874-1941)

Oct 23 2012

“Also the bird found a house, and the wild bird a nest for itself” (Tehillim 84:4). The bird is a metaphor for the Jewish people, as Rashi explains there.

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 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 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 Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, author of the Sdei Chemed (1833-1904)

Sep 12 2012

Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, author of the Sdei Chemed, was also contacted by the compilers of Ohr Layesharim, and he responded with a letter against Zionism. But his letter reached Kovna too late to be included in the book.