Sunday, May 11, 2008

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More on Independence

Commentor Isaac left these relevant quotes...

Regarding the claim that there is "independence" -- that this is freedom to do as they want, we see now that there was never a situation like this where Jews were so dependent on the goyim like now; this situation has brought those who claim that they are independent -- because their conduct is to chase after goyim -- that, Heaven help us, they are totally dependent on goyim, and they can't do anything other than what the goy wants. (Lubavitcher Rebbe, Emor 19 Iyar 5734)


This condition they call "independence" -- at a time when this is an exile even greater than the exile of an impoverished Jew, r"l, in a shtetl in Russia or Poland: that Jew trembled from a goy, how much moreso from a goy with "buttons" (as they called it then) -- but there was a reason for this fear, because if the will arose in the goy to give the Jew a smack, there was no one to prevent it. But now, they invite the goy to come to the Jews and be the boss there, and there they "negotiate" with him, and tell him: "yes, you are 'our brother', you are a righteous and upright person and your claims are credible, but there is no choice you are obligated to promise something, etc. -- at least give a smile...and more: express in words that you are satisfied. And they demand from you more than this: give weapons to the states around and to the Jews give at the most a third of this! (Lubavitcher Rebbe, L'ag B'Omer 5738)


"When they wanted to put the name of the Holy One, blessed be He (into the declaration of Independence) -- they refused and put in the words 'tsur Yisrael' which has two meanings: one can think that this is the Holy One, blessed be He, and one can also think about something else, and this itself is shituf!" (Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shelach 5730)


Eli-Israel said...

I very much enjoy your blog, and I hope that Rabbi Nati has overcome his most recent obstacle. Can you please clarify the last quote?

Brochas v'simchas!

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