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Did you know that as of the end of 2013, over 700,000 Jews live in the towns of Judea and Samaria and neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem? Baruch Hashem!
We are rebuilding and returning to our homeland more and more every day! May it be G-d’s will!
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Back in the 1930’s “Palestine” didn’t mean what it means today.
Come and See Erez Israel - Vintage Poster - 1929.
Judea and Samaria: The heartland of the Jewish people for around 4,000 years.
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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