Written for Shabbat, Parshat Vayigash, ד’ בטבת תשע”ד:
In this week’s Parsha, when Yaakov is headed down to Mitzrayim with all his children, grandchildren, wealth, and possessions, he stops in B’er Sheva and is spoken to by Hashem in a dream. Hashem says to him the following (46:3-4), “I am the God – God of your father. Have no fear of descending to Mitzrayim, for I shall establish you as a great nation there: I shall descend with you to Mitzrayim, and I shall also surely bring you up”. All the commentaries I am seeing take this “surely bring you up” as meaning that Yaakov will be buried in Eretz Yisrael, with his forefathers.
However, the wording used for this phrase is doubled, and perhaps there is more to be learned here. It says, “אעלך גם עלה”, literally meaning, “I will bring you up and also go up”. Many times a double expression like this one implies an emphasis (hence the translation as “surely bring you up”, rather than just “bring you up”), whereas other times it implies two separate actions. In this case, perhaps we can see an allusion to a concept brought up in the Talmud, that Hashem both enters exile with us and redeems Himself with us. Just as Hashem says that He is going down to Mitzrayim with Yaakov (as though God can actually leave a place), so, too, does He say that He will return to Eretz Yisrael only with us.
In our current exile, Hashem has left the Land with us, but He assures us that when we return, He will return as well. Hashem wants the Beit HaMikdash to be rebuilt, and He wants us to return to serve Him fully, but He also wants us to choose to return to Him, and to His land, and not be forced against our will. He is waiting in exile now, waiting for us to return to the Land and to perform His Mitzvot where they were meant to be performed, all we have to do is to take the journey to our home, here in Eretz Yisrael, in order to return God home as well. Shabbat Shalom.
What you call ‘settlements’ are on solid moral ground
"Our communities stand on solid moral ground. Built on vacant land, no settlement stands on the ruins of any Arab village. In Judea and Samaria there is ample room for many Jews, many Palestinians and peaceful coexistence.
Our communities stand on solid moral ground because the right of Jews to live in Shiloh, Hebron or Beth El is inalienable. These sites are the cradles of Jewish civilization, the birthplace of Hebraic culture. Negating the right of Jews to live in these historic parts of the Jewish homeland would be morally wrong.”
- Dani Dayan ( Dani Dayan is chief foreign envoy of the Yesha Council of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria )
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Dear EY readers,
We apologize for printing the hate-filled, foul-mouthed rant above. Unfortunately this exemplifies the mental and emotional condition of the EY haters and Israel haters, and we thought you should be able to see it for yourself. We could have given an insulting, sarcastic response to this irrational tirade, but we could not have made this person sound any more foolish than she does on her own. Now you know.
Here’s a great story about Israel’s first President, Chaim Weizmann (Hat Tip:Mrs. Carl).
A member of the House of Lords once asked Chaim Weizmann, “Why do you Jews insist on Palestine when there are so many undeveloped countries you could settle in more conveniently?
”Weizmann responded: “That is like my asking you why you drove twenty miles to visit your mother last Sunday when there are so many old ladies living on your street.”
Today in 1949, the Jewish population of Israel reached one million.
Today in 2013, the Jewish population in Israel has exceeded six million!
!!!עם ישראל חי
THE ULTIMATE LOVE STORY.
"One day after years of searching, a man discovered the Creator of the Universe. His name was Avraham and he learned to love the Creator. Now, the Creator told him to leave the land of his birthplace and go to the Land which was to become the inheritance for his descendants.
Ever since then, we - his descendants - have been connected to this Land and we have loved it as much as our great, great, great, great… grandparents, Avraham and Sarah. We have loved and continue to love the Land so much that we sing about it and read about it and pray about it and learn about it.
Our heritage, from the dynasty of King David to the State which David Ben Gurion established, overflows with manifestations of this deep love. In 1948, a miracle happened and the Nation of Israel returned to its Homeland - our long lost love…
Today, those of us who do not live in our Homeland, yearn for it and love it with an even deeper love. This is Bnei Akiva’s love story. We, Bnei Akiva South Africa, are a Jewish Zionist Youth Movement dedicated to a love of the Land of Israel, a love for the People of Israel, and a love of the Torah of Israel.”
Zionism - Reclaiming Our History
There is so much discussion about Zionism, and what true Zionism is. The truth is that while people interpret Zionism in many different ways, the basis and the reason for all of them is religion.
The term Zionism comes from the hebrew word “Tziyonut”, which is the concept of ”שיבת ציון” - returning to Zion, the name of Israel from the Torah.
This is the belief that the Jewish people will always return to their Land, Tziyon, Eretz Yisrael because it is the Land that G-d gave them. The belief in this concept has lasted throughout the generations of exiles, with the nation of Israel always yearning to return home.
During the years of pogroms, death camps and persecution, it became very clear that the Jewish people could trust in no one but themselves. Jewish people from all different areas of life, realized that Am Yisrael needed to return to Eretz Yisrael, and finally fulfill G-d’s words of the ‘Return to Zion’.
This has been interpreted by many different people and has developed into various different forms of Zionism. However, it is not enough just to call oneself a Zionist and then proclaim beliefs that refute or oppose the source of Zionism itself - the Torah.
We need to look back and realize that the claim of the Jewish people to Israel, comes solely from the Torah. G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people, and that is why we are Zionists - because we believe that the people of Israel should live in their Land, Zion.
Therefore, this is true Zionism. The recognition of what it is to believe that the Jewish people not only have a right to, but must return to Zion and realizing that G-d is the reason that the whole Zionist movement has any reason for existing.
To be a free nation in our land,The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
Netanyahu: The Jews are Home – And We’re Not Leaving.
Israel wants to make peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Arab world, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the United Nations during his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
“Israel continues to seek an historic compromise with our Palestinian neighbors… We want peace based on security and mutual recognition,” he declared.
Israelis have been willing to make “painful concessions” for peace, but Palestinian Authority leaders have not, he accused. PA leaders “must finally recognize the Jewish state, and Israel’s security needs must be met,” he reiterated.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
At the same time, Abbas insists that no Israeli citizens currently living in Judea and Samaria would be allowed to remain in their homes as citizens of a PA state. “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands,” he told reporters during a recent visit to Cairo.
After laying out Israel’s needs and hopes for peace, Netanyahu shared the story behind his family’s decision to come to Israel.
His grandfather was once viciously beaten in an unprovoked attack by anti-Semites, he related. Before passing out, he said, his grandfather was disturbed by the “disgrace” that “the descendents of the Maccabis” should be so easily victimized - and decided that if he were to recover, he would bring his family to the land of Israel to live as free and proud Jews in their homeland.
The Jewish people’s return to the land of Israel fulfilled Biblical prophecy, and even today, prophecies are being fulfilled, Netanyahu continued.
To illustrate his point, he quoted several Biblical verses which speak of the return of the Jewish exiles to Israel and concluded: “Ladies and gentlemen, the people of Israel have come home, never to be uprooted again.”