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Eretz Yisroel

How can G-d make an oath against the mitzvah of living in Eretz Yisroel?

Dec 07 2012

i've seen the classification of the mitzva of aliya as a mitzva kiyumis. the
question is obvious. how could G-d make an oath, preventing the Jewish
people from fulfilling the mitzvas?


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

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

Rabbi Yisroel Hager, Vizhnitzer Rebbe (1860-1936)

Oct 14 2012

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.

Rabbi Mordechai Leib Winkler, rav of Madd (1845–1932)

Sep 28 2012

Rabbi Mordechai Leib Winkler, rav of Madd, wrote the following to Rabbi Yonasan Steiff, rav of Budapest, who asked his opinion about an organization to settle Eretz Yisroel, probably a project of Agudah (printed in Levushei Mordechai, v.

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.

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 Isaac of Komarna (1806-1874)

Aug 30 2012

Rabbi Isaac of Komarna has a different explanation of why the Rambam doesn't count settling Eretz Yisroel as a mitzvah.

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 ".

Why are there Satmar Jews living in Eretz Yisroel?

Aug 29 2012

Do you believe that Hashem would davka prefer Jews to live in Chutz Laaretz? If so, how would you explain that there is a nice Satmar population living in Israel?

Should True Torah Jews accept the State of Israel's health benefits and family aid?

Aug 29 2012

Dear Rabbi,

Should True Torah Jews who live in Israel accept family aid, health insurance and any other benefits given to Israeli citizens?


Do anti-Zionist Jews living under the state use its currency and pay taxes?

Aug 28 2012

Dear Rabbi:

How is it possible for the anti-Zionist Jews in Meah Shearim and Bnei Brak to live under the Zionist regime, without paying taxes to the Zionist government and without using the Zionist money for purchases?

I'm against Zionism but shouldn't Jews live among other Jews?

Aug 28 2012

My name is Roxy and I'm 17 and I have a couple of questions. This site opened my eyes a bit, I hadn't read a lot of this before. I agree with a lot of what's in this site but there are some things that I can't get past.

Should Jews live in the occupied territories?

Aug 28 2012

what is the torah perspective today on the jews living in the occupied territories?

What about the millions of Jews that live in Israel - don't we need to protect them?

Jul 26 2012

Hi Rabbi, my name is Joseph Rifkin. I'm not sure if you remember me, but I've posted our e-mail exchange below as a reminder. We corresponded approximately six weeks ago.