Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Zionism vs. Anti-Zionism

by Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths


Some strong comments on my article regarding dwelling in the Land of Israel:

     “Being anti-Israel is NOT anti Land of Israel. It’s anti a government run by non religious Jews who want to destroy Judaism and Torah, dragging ladies and yeshiva students into the army.”

     “Every Torah Jew is anti Zionist-or do you support opening shops on Shabbos and gay clubs on the beaches?”

    “We will inherit the land when Messiah comes! Until then living in Israel is living in Exile run by a non religious government. Don’t make it out that a Jew who is anti Zionist is bad! The Chofetz Chaim was anti Zionist. The Brisker Rov! All the great Torah scholars! Today’s “Israel” is exile! We will inherit Israel soon!

     “Do you need to be reminded of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe’s response when the state was created?!?!?

    “The Avnei Nezer writes that only a truly righteous person should dwell in the Land of Israel.”

And what do Jews who live in Israel say to them?

“You think that you do not come here because you do not want to, but it is really because you do not have the merit.”

Gutman responds:

     The general definition of Zionism as found on many internet searches is; “a form of nationalism of Jews and Jewish culture that supports a Jewish Nation State in the territory defined as the Land of Israel. Zionism supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity, opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies and has advocated the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority in their own nation and to be liberated from anti-Semitic discrimination, exclusion, and persecution that has historically occurred in the Diaspora.”

     Now, is this what those who wrote those heated comments are so fiercely against? It seems to me that their complaint might merely be in the timing of the Homecoming. Whereas they strongly feel that the Messiah, or some other great spiritual sign has to happen before Jews should come home to the Land of Israel, apparently G-d has other plans.

     Many of their comments were said of a time when the signs of the redemption were totally hidden. In those days, life in the Land was very hard. There were no hints that G-d was again shining his open favor upon this Land. But now things are different. The Land is blooming.

Facts today:

- The land is no longer vacant. More Jews live in Israel than in any other country in the world.

- Life expectancy in Israel is longer than in any other country where Jews are found in number, and has one of the highest life expectancy at birth in the world ranking 8 out 224 in 2009.

- Israelis are happier than most people in other developed countries.

- The economy is more stable in Israel than in most other developed countries and ranks 16 of 187 of world nations UN Development index.

- Israel ranks 47 out of 194 nations in the Annual Standard of Living Index[i]

- Real Estate prices are steadily increasing.

- Homes in Jerusalem are very expensive.

- Whereas the Land was almost barren for thousands of years, today Israel is a major exporter of fruit.

- G-d calls Israel a land of milk and honey. He loves this Land. He called the land “good” many times. It is not only physically good, it is spiritually good, particularly for the Jewish people.

    You do not have to be a great mystic to feel the holiness of this place. Over and over again tourists ask me, “How can I maintain this feeling of holiness when I leave Israel?” The holiness is evident here. You feel it by just walking around and breathing the air.

     The call to come home is becoming more and more apparent. Hashem always hides His plans to allow Jews to still have free will. If He would openly announce, “All Jews come home now,” their coming home would not give them much merit. So He does it in a hidden way. But now the facts are showing. His secret is not so secret anymore. We see the Redemption is happening right now.

[i] International Living Magazine 2010


  1. For all who disdain Eretz Israel with it's secular government, I highly recommend you read the book Eim HaBanim Semeichah by HaRav Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal zt"l. He was anti-Zionist but changed his mind as he fled the Nazis. This is a heartbreaking book full of sources supporting Aliyah and great inspiration from a holy soul. The Rav would have fled to Israel if he could have but tragically he was murdered by the Nazis. It was a miracle he was even able to write this book. May his memory be a blessing and may many people step out of their rigid dogma and read this book. May G-d avenge his blood and the blood of all six million.

  2. Your Wikpedia-like definition of Zionism forgets the definition of Zionism made by its founder. "A nation like any other nation." We see the results of secular Zionism today in the movement in the government to attempt to eliminate R"L the Charedi sector in Israeli society, now that they've figured out that they aren't going to be the future of Israel automatically with the religious "fading away".

  3. Also, the comment above shows where the confusion lies. I do not disdain *Eretz* Yisroel, I disdain reshoim who are poluting Eretz Yisroel, and sincerely hope they do teshuvah. This is the attitude of the Torah, the Neviim, and all that our sages wrote about secular Zionism before the war. (About everyone except for Rav Kook and Teichtel, who were dos yochid in this regard. Now that the government is in the process of eliminating yeshivos and kollel, you have to ask who was right, the majority of sages, including Lubavitch, Litvak, (of course) Satmar, Breslover, and others, or two scholars, great as they might have been, who became Zionists later in life?)


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