Friday, November 05, 2010


Defend This!

The Lubavitcher Rebbe repeatedly made a point of saying about returning parts of Eretz Israel as any peace deal that one should (also) consult some defense experts – meaning military generals (not wavering politicians).  Why?

As anyone can see from the short video below, the answers are obvious.

Video: Two minutes on the layout of the Land of Israel.


  1. Read it for yourself if you have any doubts...

    "I am completely and unequivocally opposed to the surrender of any of the liberated areas currently under negotiation, such as Yehudah and Shomrom, the Golan, etc., for the simple reason, and only reason, that surrendering any part of them would contravene a clear Psak-Din (ruling) in Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim, section 329, par. 6,7). I have repeatedly emphasized that this Psak-Din has nothing to do with the sanctity of Eretz Yisra'el, or the "days of Mashiach", the Geulah, and similar considerations, but solely with the rule of Pikuach-Nefesh (danger to life). This is further emphasized by the fact that this Psak-Din has its source in the Talmud (Eruvin 45a), where the Gemora cites as an illustration of a border town under the terms of this Psak-Din - the city of Neharde'a in Babylon (present day Iraq) - clearly not in Eretz Yisra'el. I have emphasized time and time again that it is a question of, and should be judged purely on the basis of, Pikuach-Nefesh, not geography.

    Read the rest at :

  2. To return something is go give it back to its owner. It's really sad when even sites like this do not use the appropriate terminology. If you really believed that Eretz Yisrael belonged to the Jewish people, you would never ever talk about "returning parts of Eretz Yisrael". I think that this is more than a slip, it is a fundamental problem of attitude. If you were being pressured to part with your child, would you talk about returning him? It's so obvious, that it doesn't even need comment. You would never say, I will not return my child. By saying that we will not return parts of Eretz Yisrael we have already weakened our connection to the land.

    It would be more appropriate to say "give away".


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