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The Ultra-Orthodox Will Never Surrender to the Zionist Idea

Feb 09 2016

The Jerusalem Post recently published an article declaring that ultra-Orthodoxy has surrendered to the Zionist idea.

Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch Opposes Agudath Israel's Lobbying Efforts

Aug 21 2015

The following is the text of a speech by Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Eidah Chareidis and one of the preeminent Torah authorities of this generation, on the subject of the Iran deal and American Jewish lobbying, given as

Hundreds of Thousands Gather in Jerusalem, Praying to G-d to Rescue them from the Zionist Decree

Mar 02 2014

This afternoon several hundred thousand Jews gathered at the entrance to Jerusalem, in response to the recent conclusion of an Israel government committee that Orthodox Jews who resist the draft should be subject to criminal prosecution.

As IDF Prepares to Draft Religious Jews, Agudah Searches for Solutions

Jan 02 2014

While the Israeli government's Shaked Committee continues efforts to finalize a new Orthodox draft law, the IDF is moving ahead with preparations for a large chareidi induction.

Rabbi Shneur Kotler, Rosh Yeshiva of Beis Medrash Govoha of Lakewood (1918-1982)

Nov 18 2012

Rabbi Shneur Kotler said, “People call the Satmar Rav’s ideas a shitah, but it is not. He proves in Vayoel Moshe that this is what Shas and poskim, Rishonim and Acharonim all held. What he holds is what all gedolei Yisroel once held.

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 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 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.

A Response to Rabbi Gil Student

Aug 29 2012

Fyi, in Shul today, someone brought to my attention a 35 page essay written by Rabbi Gil Student. It was taken off of his blog (title of blog is Torahmusings.com).

What is your view on the Agudah's protest against the Iranian president?

Aug 29 2012

Dear Rabbi,

Shalom Aleichem. I am a chossid. What is your position on the demonstration yesterday by Orthodox groups, including Agudath Israel, against the Iranian president on his visit to New York?

Thanks, Nuchem

Why did you write that Rabbi Avi Shafran is driven by Zionist ideology?

Jul 10 2012

Dear Rabbi,

I am writing regarding your recent response to Rabbi Avi Shafran, in which you said that although he claims only to be interested in safety, it is really Zionist ideology driving him.

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Vayeira

Oct 23 2011

There Were No Protests in Sodom
Faith Despite Our Many Questions
Obedience, Not Logic
Avraham's Test and Our Test

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Chayei Sarah

Oct 22 2011

Taking Money From the Wicked
Did the Land Belong to Avraham?
When the Unholy Has a Holy Name
When the Wicked Make Concessions

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Vayeitzei

Oct 20 2011

Not Letting the Wicked Build Us
There are Some Things We Don’t Even Joke About
"Zionists" Against Zionism

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Yisro

Oct 10 2011

One Must Have a Rebbe
Don’t Be a Blind Follower
The Danger of Heretical Thoughts
Make Clear What You’re Protesting Against

Parsha Pearls: Parshas Mishpatim

Oct 09 2011

It’s Our Vote that Counts in Heaven!
The Insane Call the Sane Insane
The Meaning of the Sapphire Brick
When We Don’t Follow a Majority

And he shall surely heal. (21:19)

Parsha Pearls: Yom Kippur

Aug 20 2011

Why Hungarian Rabbis Didn't Join Agudah

The kohein gadol performed five immersions and ten hand-washings on Yom Kippur. (Yuma Chapter 3, Mishnah 3)

Agudah Says Zionism is the Agenda in Elections

Jan 24 2008

The Council of Torah Sages of Agudath Israel of America has called on the ultra-Orthodox public living in the United States to take part in the presidential elections, regardless of who they plan to vote for.

Rabbi Shafran Responds to Accusation that Agudah Became Zionist

Dec 14 2007

In a letter to the editor of the New York Jewish Week, one writer characterized Agudath Israel as having become great nationalists because of its recent resolution on Jerusalem.