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How do you respond to Rabbi Yitzchak Brand's many books and articles on Zionism?

May 09 2016

How do you respond to Rabbi Yitzchak Brand's many books and articles on Zionism?

He used to be well in your camp, then rethought his position, and explained why in convincing detail.

His general site is here:

Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 14

May 12 2015

[Background: The question was posed whether the oath against "going up as a wall" prohibits only a military invasion of Eretz Yisroel, or even mass immigration with permission from the ruling power.

Maamar Shalosh Shevuos Siman 12

Apr 26 2015

[Background: We are discussing the Three Oaths according to Rabbi Zeira, whom the halacha follows. According to this view, the Oaths apply only to the Jewish people as a whole.

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

What rishonim ruled on the oaths?

Dec 05 2012

Dear Rabbi,

You noted a number of poskim
who ruled on the oaths. I see they are all achoronim, and certainly great
scholars, all of them. However, do you know of any rishonim who ruled
halachically the same way?

Is mass Jewish immigration allowed under a gentile government?

Dec 05 2012

I understand the position that the Jewish people have no right to govern the land which is now Israel. Before the State of Israel was set up under Zionist leadership, Jews lived on the land.

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

Living in Chutz Laaretz is a Chillul Hashem

Sep 10 2012

Dear Rabbi,

LIVING in Chutz laaretz is a great Chliull hashem.

And this is what the Naavi says chapter yehezkel 36 verses 20.21

Rabbi Yehoshua Trunk of Kutna (1821-1893)

Sep 07 2012

Even the Ramban, who lists conquering Eretz Yisroel as one of the 613 commandments, would not obligate conquest nowadays.

A Response to Rabbi Shlomo Aviner's Booklet on the Three Oaths

Aug 30 2012

Hi Rabbi, one more e-mail. I wouldn't even know how to respond to the attached article, Do Not Ascend Like a Wall, by Rabbi Shlomo Aviner. He gives 13 reasons why the Three Oaths don't apply to the State of Israel.

Didn't many tzaddikim like the Ramban risk their lives and go through much hardship to go to Eretz Yisroel?

Aug 29 2012

Why don't you believe that the mitzva of living in Eretz Yisroel functionally applies today? Rashi says that "Kol Hador Bechutz Laaretz kimei shein lo elokah ".

Rabbi Moshe Ben Nachman, the Ramban (1194-1270)

Jun 17 2012

The Ramban holds that permission granted by a gentile government for Jews to return to Eretz Yisroel does not nullify the oaths. In his Sefer Hageulah, end of Shaar 1 (p.

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Bechukosai

Sep 21 2011

Giving Up the State Saves Lives
Eretz Yisroel Prefers Gentile Rule
The Sin of Questioning the Need for Exile
The Desolate Land

I will place your corpses on the corpses of your idols. (26:30)

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Devarim

Sep 08 2011

Why do you show yourselves?
What Should We Pray During a War?
Mass Immigration
Stopping the Spread of Heresy
The Power of the Holy Tongue

Parsha Pearls: Chanukah

Aug 27 2011

The Dangers of Blind Faith
No Compromise
Light the Menorah, Don’t Fight a War
Don’t Be a Closet Anti-Zionist

A man may not go out on Shabbos wearing a nailed sandal (Shabbos 60a).