Tuesday, May 06, 2014


Another Day for Israeli Social-Religious Conflict

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

iidToday is Israel Independence Day.  It’s a national holiday in Israel.  And a day of national intra-Jewish conflict.  What’s the conflict?  Here it is…

- Among secular Israelis, Independence Day, which was won by war of their grandfathers, is a day of celebration and patriotism.  They are very proud of the survival of Israel and it’s incredible accomplishments in it’s short modern history.  Their parents and grandparents can tell them of times when the roads literally didn’t exist, where there was no water infrastructure, the tough years where everyone avoided starvation by eating eggplant, etc.  Today they celebrate a modern vibrant society with a strong military defending it.

- Among “national religious” Israelis, Israel Independence Day is a sign of the redemption, a step in the process of the coming of Moshiach.  Though the redemption is not complete, the progress and survival of the State of Israel shows it’s not only on it’s way, we’re in the middle of it.  It’s the religious fulfillment of the dream of generations.  Settling the Land of Israel is a religious duty direct from the Torah, and they see it happening!

---- Among the extreme “national religious” Israelis, the State of Israel is imbued with holiness and it’s creation is a holy event.  They omit penitential prayers (tachnun) on this day, and add prayers of praise (Hallel).  Normal restrictions of the Omer period are lifted.  All with full rabbinical support within their segment.

- Among the ultra-orthodox Israelis, the creation of the State of Israel without the righteous redeemer was a religious violation.  It’s further creation by secular Jews and without the support of the Torah scholars of that generation reinforced this.  It’s failure to operate fully according to religious strictures is a violation of the religious tenants of living in the Land of Israel.  And it’s history of actions against the ultra-orthodox community prove it.

---- Among the extreme ultra-orthodox Israelis, the State is a curse.  It’s non-religious operation is holding back the coming of Moshiach.  Israeli Independence Day is a desecration of G-d’s name and those involved in celebrating it are increasing the desecration.

In other words, just a normal holiday in Israel.


  1. Great post. You could also include the attitude of the Arab Israeli population, similar to the extreme ultra-Orthodox but for different reasons.

  2. I found an audio of Rabbi Kalmanson answering questions regarding Yom ha'atzmaut. It is a must listen to if you want to understand the reasons why the Rebbe, z'tl was against the formation of the Jewish state (He was not against forming a secular gov't in Israel. He was against the zionists of that time who wanted to replace Torah with zionism.)



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