Q: What’s the Rav’s opinion of the Likud party versus the Labor party in Israel?
A: I must tell you my sincere opinion, I’m not interested in both of them. There’s only one party for us and that’s the party of those that are shlomei emunah Yisrael. That’s our party. The frum Jews, that’s our party. The truth is someday there’ll be a history, a Tanach written. The Gemara said that: אליהו כותב והקדוש ברוך הוא חותם - [“Eliyhau Hanavi is going to write it and Hakodosh Blurch Hu will sign”] (Kiddushin 70a). There’s going to be a Tanach written. And in that Tanach, you’ll look in the back or in the front for references; Likud? No mention of Likud in the history of Yisroel. You won't find Teddy Kollek there. You won't find Ben Gurion. No, nothing is mentioned of them. Nothing at all.
The history of Am Yisroel is being written by the frum Jews. They’re the ones who make history, frum men and frum women. Those who are raising families, they’re writing history. A mother brings up a family of sons and daughters, shlomei emunas Yisrael, she has made history. And she’ll be in that history book. Yes, women will be in that history book. Tzadikim and tzidkaniyos, not only gedolei Yisrael. ויד כל אדם בו – “Everybody’s hand will write in that history book something.” Every person will someday be in the history book and it’ll be very well written. Eliyahu HaNavi knows how to write. And all the tzadikim will be there, but nobody else. They’ll be left out.
Now some people think it’s not a real Jewish history unless you mention the names of this reformer, or that Zionist, or this other fellow. No. These are just accidents, the tragedies that we left out. Hakadosh Baruch Hu will “take care” of them, No, He won't leave them out. He’ll take care of them. Don’t worry about that! But it won’t be in the history book. In that great Tanach, only the shlomei emunah Yisroel will be inscribed. And it’s very important to be there. And that’s why we say: למה נגרע - “Why should we be absent?” It’s a great tragedy not to be there. למה נגרע. We shouldn’t be absent from that book. So make it your business that you should behave in such a way that you’ll be inscribed.
Moshe Rabbeinu was willing to sacrifice everything for the Am Yisroel. He said מחני נא מספרך – “Erase me from Your sefer.” Moshe Rabbeinu was moiser nefesh for the Am Yisroel. “Erase me.” Hashem (said), “Don’t worry, I won't erase you. You won't be erased. For saying that, I’ll write you in the chumash too.”
And therefore, anybody who is oheiv amo Yisroel has to love the frum Jews. Amo Yisroel doesn’t mean you love the Jewish nation. No; you love the frum Jews. That’s a very important lesson. You have to love frum Jews just like Hakadosh Baruch Hu loves them. As much as you can by loving frum Jews, you’ll be inscribed in that sefer too.