A wonderful reader and commentor Neshama send me this question...
A comment was written to Rabbi Lazer Brody in response to an interview of him on Israel National Radio / Arutz Sheva...
Rabbi Lazer, I respectively disagree with your Torah and assesments on the Middle East. According to my beloved teachers - the 2 greatest students of the arizl: Mashiach ben Yosef will lead Israel out of golut after his wounds are healed (Isiah). Then the war of Gog u Magog will take place.
I am a non zionist and I believe the zionists are erev rav and worse than idolaters - as my beloved teacher the Gra (the Vilna Gaon) warns. Edom is the issue, not Ishmael! Islam is monotheistic, Ishmael did tshuvah while Edom won't according to some.
The Jewish soul has been destroyed in Israel and the West by Xtianity and it's values! The erev rav walks hand in hand with Xtianity and its values. We need Mashiach HaRishon, not the erev rav and Edom and Amalek.
I respect you as a man of trust but I can't agree with you. I'm worried about the words of Achmedenijad and fear for Tel Aviv. I beg Hashem to return us to him, at least a little bit, and to have mercy on us!"
Is this what the majority of the frum & chassidishe yidden believe? I believe they are selectively quoting the Gra to support their beliefs. The Gaon was very much for yidden to make their way back to our homeland, as he desperately wanted to be there.
When the Gra wrote about the erev rav, I believe he intimated that some of them will be wearing frum clothing, building shuls, making a name for themselves, etc. Yet the Gedolim for many generations were were for our returning to Eretz HaKodesh. Today we find some of the present Rabbis that are reinforcing their constituents questions of insecurity, using the 'parnassa' issue to keep them in their current communities outside of Israel.
It reminds me (without real verifiable evidence, only hearsay) of all the yidden being told to "stay put" in Europe and not to go with the "zionists" to Israel (even if it meant saving lives). Similarly when some chassidim were 'kept in Russia' and warned about going along with the Napolean-freedom movement where they ended up mostly losing their yiddishkeit, dulling their sense of spirituality, dying and assimilating into the Russian winters; while the leftover French Jews are making aliya in droves, have kept a relationship with Judaism, and have thrived in France.
The fear of the challenges of the unknown are holding back so many; is it the "original Tisha B'Av" all over again?
How could anyone fail to understand that Eretz HaKodesh is breathing, growing flowers, children, homes, and food for Hashem's children ......... and she is in the headlines every day, and as you say, prophecies unfolding before our very eyes.
Do you hear what I'm saying?
--- My response in the forthcoming Part 2.