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Rabbinic Quotations

Rabbi Amram Blau, Founder of Neturei Karta, Jerusalem (1894-1974)

Nov 12 2012

In the name of humanity, justice and righteousness, we appeal to you not to forsake us and not to make us subservient to an authority whose principles and practices violate all that we have been taught to hold sacred and to cherish, and whose avowed int

Rabbi Yosef Kahaneman, the Ponevezher Rav (1886-1969)

Nov 11 2012

The Ponevezher Rav built many yeshivos using money from the Zionist government.

Rabbi Eliezer Silver, President of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the U.S. and Canada (1882-1968)

Nov 10 2012

However the call for a Jewish state is something not all Jews agree to at this time, especially if it comes about through protests and threats, for regarding this the Holy One blessed is He already made us swear not to go up as a wall - with strength, a

Rabbi Shimon Yisroel Posen, the Shoproner Rav

Nov 09 2012

Even if the leaders of this state were to be believers in the Torah and the words of Chazal on some level, and even if they did not persecute religious Jewry, the entire concept behind this state would be complete heresy, for it is impossible to imagine

Rabbi Aharon Kotler, Rosh Yeshiva of Lakewood, NJ (1891-1962)

Nov 08 2012

In the summer of 1937, the third convention of the rabbinical leaders of Agudath Israel was held in Marienbad. It was attended by hundreds of rabbis, heads of yeshivas and grand rabbis of Chassidic communities from a number of countries.

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 Yonasan Steiff (1877-1958)

Nov 05 2012

Rabbi Yonasan Steiff was dayan of Budapest and, in America, rav and rosh yeshiva of the Viener Kehillah.

Rabbi Avraham Yishaya Karelitz, author of Chazon Ish (1878-1953)

Nov 03 2012

The Chazon Ish said: Who keeps mitzvohs in our time and is still considered a non believer?

Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (d. 1953)

Nov 02 2012

We have already spoken about these nationalists. They are a recently-founded group with the purpose of fooling the people and leading the masses astray, thinking that they can settle the Holy Land by natural means and attain sovereignty over it.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, the Lubavitcher Rebbe (1880-1950)

Nov 01 2012

The straight-thinking Jew looks on in astonishment, thinking: what do these rebels against G-d and His Torah have to do with the Land of Israel? (Mishmeres Chomoseinu 20 Shvat 5716)

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (1867-1948)

Oct 31 2012

The following are excerpts of the 18 page document of written testimony submitted in person to the United Nations Special Committee in Palestine Wednesday, July 16, 1947 by the Chief Rabbis of the Ashkenasic Jewish Community, Rav Yosef Zvi Dushinsky and

Rabbi Yisroel Zev Mintzberg (c. 1948)

Oct 30 2012

On November 8, 1921 Rabbi Mintzberg wrote: "Thank G-d we survived the uprising that took place in the Holy City (in April 1920). May Hashem have mercy on us in the future.

Rabbi Ahron Roth, Shomer Emunim Rebbe (1894-1946)

Oct 28 2012

A festive meal was held to celebrate the completion of a Torah scroll in memory of the Jews killed in the Holocaust. All the Chassidic rebbes and heads of yeshivas attended, including the Rebbe.

Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich, the Shimloyer Rav (1863-1944)

Oct 27 2012

G-d forbid to accept the position of the Zionist heretics, who want to take the Holy Land by force and rebel against the government, for it will be bitter for them in the end. They hate the Torah and it is like a thorn in their eye.

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 Mordechai Rottenberg, rabbi of Antwerp (1872-1944)

Oct 24 2012

The question of the oaths was first presented to rabbis as a practical issue in 1937, when Britain's Peel Commission proposed partitioning Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state.

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 Elchonon Wasserman, Rosh Yeshiva of Baranovitch (1875-1940)

Oct 21 2012

In the 1930's Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman, one of the greatest European Jewish Torah scholars and head of the Yeshiva of Baranowitz, Poland, published a series of essays entitled "Ikvesa D'meshicha" on the problems facing Jewry at that time.

Rabbi Shaul Brach, Rabbi of Kasho, Hungary (1865-1940)

Oct 20 2012

We have long ago been foresworn by the holy prophets not to force the end and not to enter the Land of Israel by force of arms. But these wayward sons say that with their strong arms and money they will save Israel.

Rabbi Chuna Halberstam, Kalashitzer Rebbe (d. 1940)

Oct 19 2012

The plain truth is that there is no difference between the three groups: the Zionists, the Mizrachists and the Agudists, also known as Shlumei Emunei Yisroel. The ways of all of these are abominable to religious Jews. (Tikun Olam, ch. 56)