For Zion’s sake, I will not be silent
QUESTION #9: Those of us who do not feel attached to the kedusha of Eretz Yisrael; how important is it for us to make us feel connected and appreciate Eretz Yisrael?
Rav Shacter: Spend the summer in Eretz Yisrael, tour the country like they do on Birthright. All who go fall in love with Eretz Yisrael.
A professor in Scranton wrote a book of comparative religions. She bought a home near the Kollel. Mark Shapiro encouraged her to take a trip to Eretz Yisrael. All of the professors who went were goyim. They went and fell in love with Eretz Yisrael. Jews, for sure should go and visit.
Question #10: How do we view anti- Eretz Yisrael views by various sects of Judaism?
Rav Shacter: They are mishugaim ! (crazy) Mamish lunatics!
One guy from MTA High school joined Neturei Karta, he was from the Breurs community. He was told “don’t go to YU or you will get ruined”. He went to YU and then afterwards joined Neturei Karta and got ruined.
They are all crazy lunatics.
There is no one to talk to over there. Neturei Karta used to take out a full page ad in the New York Times, every year around the time of the Israel day parade. Now they can’t afford it. They are a very small organization of people; they are seen at protests and rallies.
According the ADL, Neturei Karta is an anti-Israel group with only 100 active members. They were orgininally founded in 1937 Israel, by Rabbi Aharon Katzenelbogen.
Some of their protestors are Mexican people [paid protestors], not Jews, who dress up with peyos to look like Jews.
Satmar Chassidim are also Lunatics!
They respect their Rebbe so much, that they refuse to accept that their Rebbe (Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum 1887-1979) made a mistake. The Rebbe made a mistake, unfortunately! He thought that the State of Israel was going to destroy Judaism. That was the Founder’s intention for the state [if Israel], to replace the [Jewish] religion. This did not occur.
There is more Torah learning today in the world because of the establishment of Medinas Yisrael. Because of Medinas Yisrael there is more shmiras HaMitzvos, then there was ever before. They keep on perpetuating their mistake of the Rebbe. The whole thing is a joke.
Rav Velvele Soleveichik also thought the Medina is going to destry everything. Its an embarrassment that Brisk keeps on reprinting his predictions – they were all wrong. In the same way, the Satmar Rebbe, was wrong it’s an embarrassment.
You see seventy years later, all their concerns were incorrect. Torah now in Eretz Yisrael is stronger than it ever was.
Rav Willig: Reform Jews, the vanishing American Jew are a much bigger number than Neturei Karta. They may not be Halachically Jewish. They are violent anti-Israel, Liberals , Leftists. They are very dangerous.
This is similar to the feminist movement, BLM and the Democratic Party.
American support is very important for the State of Israel. The “Jewish Vote” had influence and these numbers are shrinking. The Orthodox numbers are growing exponentially. We are getting bigger. But the big block of Reform, Conservative, and un-affiliated [Jews]; they used to be very pro-israel. They were culturally Jewish.
As intermarriage started to grow, people become more unaffiliated and less attached to anything Jewish. And now that the left wing BDS groups [also “Not in my name”, J Street] are anti-Israel. Jews vote Democratic. They used to be pro-Israel, now unfortunately, they are not.
We have to daven that these people should wake up and realize that they are making a mistake. American Jews are thinking that they are Americans and not Jews. It’s not going to help them, unfortunatiely, if such a thing should come to pass.
You should try to establish any type of Jewish connection with any Jew that you meet; like Jews in the workplace. Not just for kiruv, to ensure that they should be shomer Torah and mitzvos. Even if they not shomer mitzvos, they should marry Jewish. They should think Jewish, feel Jewish. They should support the State of Israel, this is very important. We are talking about millions of people not just a few people. Look on Torah Web. This topic is discussed on “Existing through Holiness”.
The Midrash Tanchuma understands that it says [in the Torah] Kedoshim Tihiyu, your Holy deeds give you the zechus to continue. So many great things have happened since 1948. So much learning of Torah in Eretz Yisrael, more than ever before; probably, even [more learning Torah in Israel compared to] in America.
Tens of thousands are learning in Yeshivos. This was unimaginable in 1948. Ben Gurion gave 400 guys a petur from serving in the IDF. He thought that this was the end. It’s less people than Neturei Karta. It [Torah learning Jews] will be over in a few years, he thought. He did not realize the reality. He thought that he would destroy the religion. Now, there are tens of thousands learing Torah with that same petur!
At the same time, [in the USA] the rate if inter-marriage is unimaginable what it is today. We do our best to mitchazek Clal Yisrael.
End Of Shiur
ה’ בחר בציון, אוה למושב לו
G-d Chose Eretz Yisrael, He Desired it to dwell there (Tehilim 132:13)
ה’ בְּצִיּ֣וֹן גָּד֑וֹל, וְרָ֥ם ה֜֗וּא עַל כָּל הָֽעַמִּֽים
G-d is Great in Eretz Yisrael, and he is elevated over all the nations (Tehilim 99:2)
Since this Shiur was given in 2019, The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (YU), has moved completely online. Every shiur, every chavrusa, every chaburah. (according the YU website)
Fourteen group Aliyah flights are to take place over the next three months (Nefesh B’Nefesh)…unprecedented increase in Aliyah interest from North American Jews, with Nefesh B’Nefesh reporting its highest number of calls and applications this past May since the organization was founded in 2002.
What Questions are we asked in Heaven after we die?
תלמוד בבלי שבת לא עמוד א
אמר רבא: בשעה שמכניסין אדם לדין אומרים לו: נשאת ונתת באמונה? קבעת עתים לתורה? עסקת בפו”ר? צפית לישועה? פלפלת בחכמה? הבנת דבר מתוך דבר? ואפ”ה, אי יראת ה’ היא אוצרו אין, אי לא לא.
Rava said: When they escort a person to his final, Heavenly judgement after his death, the Heavenly tribunal says to him: Did you conduct your business transactions faithfully? Did you set aside fixed times for Torah study? Did you engage in procreation? Did you wait in hope for the Messianic Salvation? Did you delve into wisdom? When you learned Torah, did you learn it deeply, and infer from one thing from another? But even so, all this is only of limited consequence; if fear of G-d as this person’s “storehouse”, then yes his judgment is favorable; and if it was not, then no, his judgment is not favorable. (Talmud Bavli Shabbos 31a).
Rav Hershel Shachter
Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook was once asked from where he got this deep desire to live in Israel?
It’s Simple. The Chumash, he responded.
Starting from parshas Lech Lecha onwards it’s all about Eretz Yisrael. Israel is the main location of shmiras hamitzvos. Living in Israel is a fulfillment of a Biblical obligation.
Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik
It is a privilege to live here and that the first mitzvah given to a Jew was “Lech Lecha”, devoted to Eretz Yisrael…To come here alive, instead of only to be buried, is something that we should all look forward to.
The Great Shofar
ישעיה כז: יג
והיה ביום ההוא יתקע בשופר גדול ובאו האבדים בארץ אשור והנדחים בארץ מצרים, והשתחוו לה בהר הקדש בירושלים.
It shall be on that day that a great shofar will be blown and those who are lost in the land of Assyria and those cast away in the land of Egypt, will come together and they will prostrate themselves to Hashem on the holy mountain in Yerushalayim. (Yeshayahu 27:13)
Other Opinions from “A Drop in the Ocean” by Rabbi Moshe Lichtman
Tosefta, Avodah Zarah 5:2
…dwelling in Eretz Yisrael is equal to all the mitzvos of the Torah.
שישיבת ארץ ישראל שקולה כנגד כל מצות שבתורה.
Talmud Bavli, Avodah Zara 8a
Rav Yishmael says, Jews in Chutz LaAretz are idol worshippers in purity.
ישראל שבחוצה לארץ עובדי עבודת כוכבים בטהרה הן.
Talmud Yerushalmi, Mo’ed Kattan 3:1; Korban HaEida
…a Kohen is forbidden to go to Chutz LaAretz because the Chachamim decreed ritual impurity upon the lands of the nations.
Kli Yakar, BeReishis 47:27-28 (Rav Shlomo Luntschitz 1550-1619)
…they will strive to settle permanently in the lands of the nations and acquire for themselves a portion in their lands, like full fledged settlers. Thus they will despair of the redeption. [G-d] wanted to prevent them from striving to settle in the lands of the nations.
…there are many simpletons who settle down in the lands of the nations and build themselves prominent paneled homes – stone edifices made to last. For this reason they do not seek G-d’s countenance wholeheartedly, beseeching Him to bring them to their Land . Therefore, G-d leaves them there.
Sefer HaChayim, sec. 5 – Sefer Geulah, ViYeshu’ah, chap. 1 (p. 105) (Rav Chaim Loew 1530-1588, brother of the Marharal)
…reason for this bitter exile…is that many members of our nation have all but given up hope on the redemption and consider themselves permanent dwellers in the lands of our enemies. They build themselves beautiful and prestigious homes and not in the Holy Land that G-d promised to give us.
Sh’nei Luchot HaBrit, end of Tractate Sukkah, Shelah Hakadosh (Rabbi Isaiah Halevi Horowitz, 1558)
…whenever I see Children of Israel building houses like the fortresses of noblemen, making permanent dwellings in this world, and in a defiled land…This seems, G-d forbid, like a lack of interest in the redemption.
Yalkut Reuveini, V’Zot HaBerachah, p.141 (Rav Avraham Reuven Hakohen Sofer 1605-1673)
[In the time of Moshiach, those who come from Chutz LaAretz will be upset when they see the Jews of Israel or more spiritual beings]
…those Jews who were outside the Land and endevoured to come to Eretz Yisrael, in order to gain a pure soul – and they did not take pity on their money or their bodies…since they emphasized their spirits and their souls, not their bodies and their money, their spirituality returned to them when they were resurrected, measure for measure. You, however, who could have come to Eretz Yisrael like they did, but neglected to come because of your love of money and your bodies, emphasizing them and minimizing your spirits and your souls – this is why you remained physical, measure for measure. Because of your love of money, Hashem will give you money…This concludes the words of our master, Rav Chaim Vital.
BeReishis Rabbah 96:5, Nechmad LeMar’eh
…those buried in Eretz Yisrael will be privileged to new life at the time of the resurrection, and they will become new beings. They will be spiritual in both body and soul, like Chanoch and Eliyahu, and they will have the power to fly like eagles, and they will go to the Garden of Eden – which is also called the Tree of Life and the Land of the Living – to learn Torah from the mouth of G-d…This is not true of those who remain in Chutz LaAretz, alive or dead; they will not be privileged to experience this…
…the Chesed LeAvraham wrote…that the resurrection of the dead will occur in Eretz Yisrael forty years before the resurrection of Chutz LaAretz. However, anyone who died in Chutz LaAretz and has a familial relative in Eretz Yisrael…that relative who is in Eretz Yisrael has the power to bring those in Chutz LaAretz to life…
Talmud Bavli, Kesuvos 111a
Rav Elazar said: The dead of Chutz LaAretz will not come back to life.
…in the case of someone who had the opportunity to live in Eretz Yisrael during his lifetime but opted not to, it is forbidden to transport such a person to Eretz Yisrael after his death.
Mishneh Torah (Rambam), Hilchos Melachim, chap. 12
One should not think that in the days of Moshiach any aspect of the world’s way of functioning will be annulled or that there will be a new creation. Rather, the world will continue to function as normal.
The Netziv’s Approbation for “Lema’an Tzion”, Shivat Tzion vol.1 p.17
…the Blessed One wants the Land to be settled by His nation Israel…He wants the dispersed of Israel to settle the Land…
Siddur Beis Yaakov, Sullam Beis El 3:6 (Rav Yaakov Emden, 1700s)
It is well known that a Jew must face Jerusalem when he prays…every Jew must make a firm and steadfast decision in his heart to ascend and dwell in Eretz Yisrael…
For even though it [Israel] is in ruins, the Shechina never left it.
Furthermore, one who dwells outside the Land serves false gods…Jews in Chutz LaAretz are idol worshippers in purity.
Therefore, hear me my friends and bretheren who live in lands that are not ours, on contaminated soil…Rember Hashem and place Yerushalyim upon your hearts. Correct yourselves and others…Never be silent!…Come to help! Be Bold! Hurry! Do not intent to settle down in Chutz LaAretz, G-d forbid…That was the sin of our earliest ancestors, who caused us eternal weeping and by despising the desirable Land [The Meraglim]…We have been persecuted; we have toiled and found no rest…all because we have completely forgotten about living in Eretz Yisrael.
…As we dwell peacefully in Chutz LaAretz, we imagine that we have already found another, comparable Eretz Yisrael and Yerushalayim. This is why all type of misfortunes befell us. [anti-semitism]…after the destruction of the First Beis HaMikdash, Jews dwelt…in Spain and other lands. Then they were expelled, leaving no memory or remnant of Israel in that land. Hashem is righteous, for they completely forgot that they were in exile, and they intermixed with the gentiles and learned from their ways…
She is Zion, but no one cares about her (Yirmiyahu 30:17)…we neglected to return to our homeland…We yearned to dwell permanently among the gentiles, in whom there is no Torah (Eicha 2:9)…For the Jewish people are called His Inheritance; and the Land is His inheritance and the Torah depends on both – on G-d’s nation dwelling in G-d’s territorial inheritance. Anyone who abandons one abandons the other, in truth…BeReishis Rabbah (46:9) Parshas Lech Lecha, “If the children of Israel enter the Land, they accept my Divinity, and if not, they do not accept it.”
…many of the Amora’im ascended from Bavel to Eretz Yisrael after they became wise in Torah…Rav Chiya and his sons, Rav Elazar ben Pedas, Rav Kahana, Rav Assi, Rav Ava, Rav Ami, Rav Safra, Rav Zeira, Rav Ze’ira, Rav Chiya bar Ava, Rav Chiya bar Gamda, Rav Yirmiyah and many others…When times were good, however, the sages certainly ascended to Eretz Yisrael, despite all the praise mentioned above regarding Bavel.
What, then are we to do…? We should certainly exert great effort and ascend by chariot, wagon, or raft to the desireable land…The argument of danger is not relevant, because it is not so dangerous during peaceful times…and they cannot exempt one from fulfilling such a great mitzvah, which saves and protects a person. See Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 75, which states that one is obligated to ascend to Eretz Yisrael…
…Is it not then preferable for us to walk before G-d in the Land of the Living…There is where one can find the song of Torah, wisdom and knowledge.
…for if there is no Jewish nation, there is not Land, and if there is no Torah, ther is no Jewish nation…But if the Jews would desire and resolve to return to the Land and engage in Torah there, the Land would return to its original strength and goodness…As long as the Jews (especially the Torah scholars among them) fail to give thought of their Land, their Torah will not truly endure, for one is dependent on the other, both in terms of study and action…
…For Zion’s sake, I will not be silent… (Yeshayah 62:1)
…if we consider how tenuous our dwelling is in our places of dispersion in exile…
…my dwelling in Chutz LaAretz has aroused my anger and my fury (Yirmiyah 32:31).
…Listen to your father Ya’akov, and let this be with you forever, that which I command you regarding Eretz Yisrael, for it is time to favor her dust and her stones, for the appointed time has come…come to the Holy Land to live there permanently and eat the goodness of the Land until satiation. Do not fear the people of the Land, for Hashem whose hand is unlimited has given us our bread…He will not remove His kindness from you when you return to your forefather’s Land.
ישעיהו נב: יא
סוּרוּ סוּרוּ צְאוּ מִשָּׁם [חו”ל] טָמֵא אַל־תִּגָּעוּ, צְאוּ מִתּוֹכָהּ הִבָּרוּ נֹֽשְׂאֵי כְּלֵי ה’:
כלי ה’ = רש”י – ישראל נושאי התורה = רבנים !
Turn away, turn away, get out of there! [USA], touch no unclean one; get out of its midst, purify yourselves, you who bear Hashem’s vessels [The Rabbis who teach Torah] (Yeshayahu 52:11).