Monday, June 4, 2018

20,000 gather to say Zionism is not Judaism

20,000 erliche yidden gathered at the Nassau Coliseum last night to say Zionism is not Judaism. But the NY Times, the NY Post, and the NY Daily News fail to mention it even though they have articles on far smaller protests like a tiny gathering concerning gun control.  

But Rav Hirsch would be proud of the righteous Jews.

"Israel should be one nation, an entire nation that should have no other foundation for its existence, survival, activity and significance other than this Torah. It is to see the realization and devoted observance of this God-given "fiery Law" as its one contribution in world history for the edifice of human salvation. What the Phoenicians sought to bring about with the keels of their ships, what the ancient Greeks sought to achieve with their chisels and what the ancient Romans sought to attain with their swords, Israel is to accomplish with its Torah. Nay more, Israel is a nation that became a nation only through and for the Torah, a nation that once owned a land and existed as a state only through and for the Torah, and which possessed that land and that statehood only as instruments for translating the Torah into living reality. This is why Israel was a people even before it possessed land and statehood; this, too, is why Israel survived as a people even after its land was destroyed and its statehood lost, and this is why it will survive as a nation as long as it does not lose this only מורשה, this sole foundation for its survival and significance. That is the kind of nation that Israel, that all of us, should be." 

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch "The Character of the Jewish Community," Collected Writings, Vol. VI, p. 35

1 comment:

  1. Zionism is not Judaism. NEither is the bashing of Zionism, Judaism. NEither is it Hirschian thought. In fact it has turned into a frenzied pastime that has bad optics.