22 May 2017

“G–D Gave us the Land – We Have No Right to Give it Away'


"G–D Gave Us the Land – We Have No Right to Give it Away"

President DJ Trump, Melania, Jared and Ivanka, Jason Greenblatt have Arrived in Eretz Yisrael

UPDATE: Trump at the Kotel B”H
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This is the American Helicopter that took the President to the First Station, from which he will be meeting with the Rivlins

TONIGHT is the Night to Daven to HaShem for Mashiach

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT TO DAVEN FOR MASHIACH B'RACHAMIM

"The Vilna Gaon said that the 20th and 42nd days of the Omer were special days, spiritual windows of opportunity with respect to the Redemption of the Jewish People"

We need to understand the seriousness and weighty purpose of our prayers/davening on Monday nite for Mashiach to be revealed so we can stop this madness that is enveloping the world, and threatening the Jewish People and Nation.

It would be nice if everyone who visits this page, leaves in the comment section, what you are asking of Hashem; that we can share our prayers as if a unique unit of one people. It may give others inspiration.








21 May 2017

JERUSALEM – ISHMAEL vs ISAAC – COVENANT of CIRCUMCISION

RIGHT to ERETZ YISRAEL
 ISHMAEL, ISAAC – THE COVENANT of CIRCUMCISION

The Zohar on Vaera

The Zohar comments on the difference between Isaac’s and Ishmael’s right to the Land based on the different way each performs the covenant. Unlike Isaac who performs both the external “milah” and internal “priyah” described above, Ishmael performs only the external “milah”. 

This teaches that Ishmael’s connection to the covenant is only superficial and secondary — entitling him to custodianship (not ownership) over the Land only during Israel’s absence. Furthermore, this secondary claim must give way to the Jewish People’s primary and inner bond to the Land of Israel. Thus the Zohar states so long ago, 

“In the future, the children of Ishmael, whose circumcision is empty and incomplete, will rule over the Land of Israel when it is desolate and uninhabited. And they will hinder the Jews’ return to Israel until Ishmael’s merit runs out and the Jews will return” 
(Parshat Va’era 32a). (Ohr.edu)


BENNETT vs NETANYAHU vs ERETZ YISRAEL – Yitzchak and Yishmael

A Slow Relinquishing of the Land of Eretz Yisrael to Yismael
“There is no hope for an end to this conflict; it goes all the way back to Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael.”

"On that day, God made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river the Euphrates. The land of the Kenites, Kenizites, Kadmonites; the Chitties, Perizites, Refaim; the Emorites, Canaanites, Gigashites and Yevusites.” (Genesis 15:18-21) 
“And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your temporary residence, all the land of Canaan as an eternal possession and I will be a God to them.” (Genesis 17:8) 
“You shall call his name Ishmael ... And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him… (Genesis 16:11-12) 
“Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an eternal covenant to his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael ... I have bless him and I will make him fruitful and will increase him exceedingly. He will become the father of twelve princes and I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish My covenant with Isaac who Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.” (Genesis 17:19-21)

*So Isaac is the person who will carry on the mission of Abraham, the mission of the Jews. A rivalry will exist between Sarah and Hagar and their children, Isaac and Ishmael. Because of this rivalry Hagar and Ishmael will be sent away. (Jewish tradition notes that after Sarah’s death, Abraham takes Hagar back as wife and he fathers more children through her.(2) ) **This rivalry will carry on for generations is viewed as the metaphysical root of the modern rivalry between the descendants of Isaac (the Jews) and Ishmael (the Arabs)

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Bennett Attempts Halt to Arab Construction

"Netanyahu to push 'incentives' package for PA Arabs including building in Area C, Jewish Home ministers 'trying to form bloc opposing it.’

"Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (…) will present the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet with a proposed package of incentives for PA Arabs, created in honor of US President Donald Trump's upcoming visit. The Cabinet will vote, among other things, on a proposal to allow Arabs to build in Israeli-controlled Area C, relaxing restrictions on Arabs wishing to pass from Jordan to Israel through the Allenby Border Crossing, and building industrial areas in Hevron-area Tarqumiyah and the northern Samaria Arab town of Al-Jalama.

"Jewish Home ministers, including Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, will vote against allowing Arabs to build in Area C, since it automatically changes the borders of the three areas." ArutzSheva



"We're talking about massive construction in Area C, which would bring hundreds of thousands of Arabs into the area and blur the border. It would annex Area C as part of the massive Arab illegal building - and do exactly what former PA leader Salam Fayyad wanted.”

"It is extremely twisted that Netanyahu will not allow any Jewish building in Area C. The Planning Committee's meeting has been pushed off several times, resulting in an effective freeze of Jewish building in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.” ArutzSheva


White House releases video omitting the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria from the map of Israel. Video later removed

(tiny Israel among the Arab Nations)

The White House on Friday released a video detailing President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to the Middle East, but which omitted the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria from the map of Israel that appeared in the video.

The video was removed from the internet hours later without explanation, but not before several media outlets picked up on it and reported about it.


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**Muslim tradition, as portrayed in the Koran, re-inserts Ishmael back into the lineage of Abraham where he is usually mentioned before Isaac. (see Koran Sura II, verses 110-140.). It’s also interesting to note that Moslems celebrate a holiday called Id al Adchah-The Feast of the Sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham’s attempt to sacrifice Ishmael. (Note the Muslims altered the binding of Isaac story, Gen 22, and replace Isaac with Ishmael.) *SimpletoRemember

The Hebron Massacre Viewed Against a Palestinian State in the Middle of Eretz Yisrael

Read this Synopsis of the Hebron Massacre and Think About a Palestinian State in the Middle of Eretz Yisrael

HOOVER AND HEBRON


Writing about any aspect of the Jewish-Arab conflict inevitably exposes the writer to charges of political leanings. While historians strive for objectivity, the readers of a blog typically are also interested in the blogger’s personal perspective. I hope that this post, and others I write, will inspire you to go learn more about a topic; to challenge my ideas, and be challenged by them in turn.
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Where should a discussion of the 1929 Hebron attack against the Jews begin? I find it often useful to focus on individuals who trigger change and shape events.


Amin al Husseini, 1929.
Amin al Husseini, 1929.

In 1921, Haj Amin al-Husseini was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and he rallied Arab nationalism against nascent Zionism. In 1924, the Moslem Wakf began shedding doubt on the Jewish connection to the Western Wall, and in 1928 the Mufti claimed that the Jews were trying to take control of the mosques on the Temple Mount.













One week before the Hebron Massacre in August, 1929, a demonstration was held by the Jews to affirm their connection to the Western Wall. On Friday, August 23, inflamed by rumors that Jews were planning to attack al-Aqsa Mosque, Arabs attacked Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem. Rioting spread to the cities of Safed and Hebron, which both had a small Jewish minority.


Jewish residents fleeing the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1929 Riots.
Jewish residents fleeing the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1929 Riots.
The Jewish Ghetto in Hebron, 1921.
The Jewish Ghetto in Hebron, 1921.

On August 24, Arabs mobs attacked the Jews of Hebron. Armed with axes, knives and iron bars, they screamed “Kill the Jews!” They broke into homes and stabbed and mutilated the Jews they found. The mob included respected Arab merchants who killed their friends, clients, and business associates. Torah scrolls were burned. And while it is often stressed that many Arabs hid their Jewish neighbors, reliable accounts placed the number of such cases at 19.
Here you can read survivor testimonies; more details about the riots can be found here.















Sixty-eight Jews were killed, including a dozen yeshiva students from New York and Chicago; scores were wounded or maimed. Soon after, all of Hebron’s Jews were evacuated by the British authorities. Both Jews and non-Jews across the world were horrified by the massacre. The Shaw Commission was a British enquiry that investigated the riots; here is their description:
“About 9 o’clock on the morning of the 24th of August, Arabs in Hebron made a most ferocious attack on the Jewish ghetto and on isolated Jewish houses lying outside the crowded quarters of the town. More than 60 Jews – including many women and children – were murdered and more than 50 were wounded. This savage attack, of which no condemnation could be too severe, was accompanied by wanton destruction and looting. Jewish synagogues were desecrated, a Jewish hospital, which had provided treatment for Arabs, was attacked and ransacked, and only the exceptional personal courage displayed by Mr. Cafferata – the one British Police Officer in the town – prevented the outbreak from developing into a general massacre of the Jews in Hebron.”


President Herbert Hoover
President Herbert Hoover

President Hoover sent a message of condolence to the Jewish community; yet his personal correspondence on this matter was much cooler:
“I wish to thank you,” he writes, “for sending your very interesting observations on the situation in Palestine.”
 I could end with observations on the shock of Hebron’s Jews who had maintained close relations with their neighbors for many years; on the fallacy of treating the Arab-Israel conflict as political and not theological, or on the obvious falsehood that the root of the conflict is in Israel’s occupation of Arab lands. Yet I prefer to leave you, the reader, to explore this topic, and draw your own conclusions.


Source: PrimarySourceHistory

19 May 2017

Monday/Tuesday is 42 in The Count of the Omer – REMEMBER

Reminder About

"The Vilna Gaon said that the 20th and 42nd days of the Omer were special days, spiritual windows of opportunity with respect to the Redemption of the Jewish People"

We need to understand the seriousness and weighty purpose of our prayers/davening on Monday nite for Mashiach to be revealed so we can stop this madness that is enveloping the world, and threatening the Jewish People and Nation.

It would be nice if everyone who visits this page, leaves in the comment section, what you are asking of Hashem; that we can share our prayers as if a unique unit of one people. It may give others inspiration.







18 May 2017

Parshas Behar-Bechukotai – Moshe Orlansky

Moshe Orlansky 
By Roy S. Neuberger

In last week’s column I mentioned the petira of Moshe Orlansky A”H.



Reb Moishe was my friend. I davened next to him at Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv for almost two decades. His parnassa was doughnuts and muffins, but his life was Torah. “V’ani sfilosi … ” (Tehillim 69:14), which, I believe, can be understood as “I am tefilla.” Reb Moishe was tefilla. He could fill the entire Sh’or Yoshuv bais medrashwith the sound of tefilla

Once my close friend was davening in Sh’or Yoshuv. It was Rosh Chodesh, and the gabbai asked my friend to daven for the omed. He couldn’t think of nigunim for Hallel and asked to be excused. But Reb Moishe motioned to him and suggested several nigunim on the spot. So, after all, my friend went up and davened a beautiful Hallel. Since then he has used those same nigunim for Hallel many times. Reb Moishe was a fountain bubbling with tefilla.

But there was one inyan that stood out even above the tefilla, and that was Yerushalayim. Reb Moishe was filled to the brim with love and yearning for Yerushalayim

“Al naharos Bavel … by the Rivers of Bavel, there we sat and also wept when we remembered Tzion. On the willows within it we hung our lyres. There our captors requested words of song from us, with our lyres playing joyous music. ‘Sing for us from Zion’s song!’ How can we sing the song of Hashem upon the alien’s soil? If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue adhere to my palate if I fail recall you, if I fail to elevate Yerusha-layim above my foremost joy…” (Tehilliam 137)

Reb Moishe never forgot Yerushalayim. Now he is there forever. 

Every year on the Eighteenth Day of Teves I make a seudos hadoah in recognition of the day in 1966 when I first discovered Hashem. My wife and I were students at the University Michigan, and that moment marked the turning point in our life. (The entire story is recounted in my book, From Central Park to Sinai: How I Found My Jewish Soul.) Every year on the anniversary of that day, until he was no longer able, Reb Moishe would supply dozens of fresh doughnuts for the bochurim (and rebbeim!) of Sh’or Yoshuv. The doughnuts were accompanied by a reprint from my book describing the miracles which had occurred on that day. Reb Moishe could translate spiritual reality into physical sweetness. 

There are no accidents in life. From the movement of a leaf to the sweep of a constellation across the sky, it is all orchestrated in Shomayim“The heavens declare the glory of G-d, and the expanse of the sky tells of His handiwork….” (Tehillim 19) This week we read the Tochecha, the unbearable recitation of the tragedies which will – and nebach did! – befall our People “if you will not listen to Me and will not perform all of these commandments …” (Vayikra 26:14)

Reb Moishe lived the Tochecha. I have never met anyone who suffered the way he did, not for a day or a week, but for years. In each tekufa, the pain and suffering would be ratcheted up a notch, just as we read in the Tochecha, so there was no break for him, no chance to catch his breath. He didn’t complain, but he would ask Hashem for a few days to breathe between sufferings. As I mentioned last week, over the years, Hatzalahof Far Rockaway responded to literally dozens of emergency calls to his home. One time they gave up on him, all the Hatzalah volunteers … except one. This man worked for twenty-eight minutes, as I recall, to restore Reb Moishe’s heartbeat when everyone else thought it was hopeless. And he brought him back, miraculously, for additional years of life. 

Whenever I would return from visiting him in the hospital, I would tell my wife, “I just came from Auschwitz.” I wasn’t exaggerating. That is how it was, unrelenting pain, suffering and anguish. I feel as if Reb Moishe took all our tzouris on himself.

Like everything else in life, there is a reason for the Tochecha and our sufferings. We are in Golus, and Golusis, by definition, suffering. “If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue adhere to my palate if I fail recall you, if I fail to elevate Yerushalayim above my foremost joy…” We have to remember Yerushalayim! Reb Moishe remembered Yerushalayim.

About two years ago, you may recall, I had surgery. Following the operation, I wondered for weeks and even months if I would ever return to my strength. Some two weeks after the operation, I had a dream that I was in the Bais Hamikdosh. When I awoke, my first thought was: now I understand. Everything has a cheshbon! I had to get sick and I had to have surgery and I had to have tzouris. I don’t know exactly why, but I needed it in order to get to the Bais Hamikdosh

“Arise, cry out at night in the beginning of the watches! Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord! Lift up your hand to Him…. Bring us back to you, Hashem, and we shall return. Renew our day as of old. For even if You had utterly rejected us, You have already raged sufficiently against us.” (Eichah)

May Reb Moishe’s memory be for a blessing and may his suffering be a kapparah for Am Yisroel! I always promised him that we would dance together at the Bais Hamikdosh! Now we will have to wait for techias hamaisim, may it be soon in our days! 

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Roy Neuberger, author and public speaker, can be reached at roy@2020vision.co.il.

© Copyright 2017 by Roy S. Neuberger


17 May 2017

We Are In **Dangerous Times – Closing in on The Redemption

Kulanu Minister Gen. Yoav Galant,
'Time to eliminate Assad’

According to a *State Department report, the Assad regime executes ... then burns the bodies in a crematorium near Damascus before disposing of the remains in a mass grave. Speaking at the International Ground Warfare and Logistics Conference in Latrun near Modiin on Tuesday, the site of the memorial to IDF tank units, Galant said the time had come to rid the world of Assad.

“The time has come to eliminate Assad – a despicable murderer commiting genocide.”
“After we’ve finished with the tail of the snake, we can get to its head, sitting in Tehran.”
“Lowly murderers and leaders who seek the annihilation of Israel, like Assad and his handlers in Tehran – they have no right to exist. The world needs to drive the Shi’ite monster back to where it belongs.

*Report: US accuses Assad of burning thousands in crematoria – US reveals Syria regime has set up crematorium at prison near Damascus, executes up to 50 people at prison every week.


It's not just Cyber Attacks and Missile Testing

There is now a real possibility of knocking out the electric grid in the USA with an EMP attack and Trump has ordered feds to be prepared for it.

Because EMP destroys electronics instead of blasting cities, even some analysts in Germany and Japan, among the most anti-nuclear nations, regard EMP attacks as an acceptable use for nuclear weapons. High-altitude EMP attack entails detonating a nuclear weapon at 30-400 kilometers altitude—above the atmosphere, in outer space, so high that no nuclear effects, not even the sound of the explosion, would be experienced on the ground, except EMP. An EMP attack will kill far more people than nuclear blasting a city through indirect effects—by blacking out electric grids and destroying life-sustaining critical infrastructures like communications, transportation, food and water—in the long run. But the millions of fatalities likely to eventually result from EMP will take months to develop, as slow starvation.


Has Israel (over-)Reacted to a Fake News Report, created to endanger Trump? This only feeds into the Circus of Leaks coming from the White House. 


Trumps Actions May Endanger Israel:  Former Mossad chief says Trump's actions may endanger Israel, warns against tempting US in the future.  Israeli intelligence source: We must reassess what info we share with the US – report ‘We can’t hand over our crown jewels,’ an official says following allegations that US president relayed sensitive Israeli information to Russia

In January, Yedioth revealed that US intelligence officials warned their Israeli counterparts that Trump’s ties to Russia could pose a security threat, and described a meeting between US and Israeli intelligence officials in which the Americans indicated to Israel they should be cautious in sharing information with Trump’s White House. The paper reported that the Americans had assessed that Russia had some kind of leverage over Trump, but did not go into details. TimesofIsrael  [our ‘friends’ at Idiot]

However,

Putin offers WH transcript to Congress, if Trump agrees. Vladimir Putin said he would be willing to give Congress the records from President Trump's Oval Office meeting last week with Russian Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, if the White House approves, according to multiple media reports. Putin dismissed the notion that Trump shared sensitive intelligence with Russia as "stupid" and "dangerous" while speaking at a joint news conference with the Italian prime minister Wednesday, adding that there is "no other explanation" for the reports other than "political schizophrenia."

President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend his reported decision to give classified intelligence information to Russia, in a statement that appeared to contradict earlier denials by White House officials, who had said he had not let slip any secrets. Trump said he has “the absolute right” to share information and had done so in order to encourage the Russians to “greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” TimesofIsrael

While NBC and CNN joined the rest of the media in rushing to condemn the Trump White House over an unconfirmed Washington Post report that the President inadvertently shared classified information with Russian officials, guests on both networks provided important context that the Obama administration intentionally shared classified intelligence with Russia less than a year ago. Newsbusters

Is President Trump lengthening the rope around those who are endangering the US and Israel, until such time as he will pull it tight and choke off the sources? Or is President Trump mired in the endless quicksand of the (liberal) swamp?

And I know some readers do not appreciate this,
but one should give respect to the words of R’ Nir ben Artzi:

"Trump has already decided everything in advance; he is only deceiving the world in order to lower the expectations of lovers and haters. The Israeli government must not fear Trump; there is nothing to be excited about. You only have to insist on the rights of the State of Israel, the Holy Land - Israel exists from the beginning of the world.

** And Exciting Times

[this could be interpreted  in support of my closing statement in this blog post]

The Assault on Trump Will Contribute to the Redemption of Eretz Yisrael AND Meir Ettinger's Judaic State is Becoming Mainstreamed

I wonder how it feels to realize that all around you, the President of the United States of America, are leakers, incompetents, and Administration members who oppose your vision of “Making America Great Again” and would do anything and everything to undermine your Presidency.

Why does this really matter if one lives in Israel and longs for the Redemption? Well it does because America is still (barely by a thread) the strongest Nation in the World, and, as we heard from Rabbis and noted individuals, the only Nation to stand behind Israel against the antisemites of the world.

More Fake News to Smear Trump
(and by association, Israel, Jerusalem, the Kotel, et al.)

DEEP STATE ILLEGALLY LEAKS CLASSIFIED INFO TO MEDIA TO DEMONIZE TRUMP FOR LEGALLY DISCLOSING CLASSIFIED INFO
"Saying 'Mr. Trump's disclosure does not appear to have been illegal' means: 'it was not illegal, but we're going to word it in a way that makes it seem like it could be.’"

The illegal deleterious leaks came from NSA and the DEEP STATE. They are the ones who leaked pertinent facts to incriminate (Trump and Israel). It's purpose is to cause a catastrophe for Trump's Middle East political strategic tour [which looks like it may or may not happen, with or without Israel as a member, not as I posted previously]. However, an article in the JPost asks, “whether his trip to Israel should be cancelled?”

ANALYSIS: DOES INTEL LEAK MEAN TRUMP’S TRIP IS OFF?

Is Trump’s trip off? "If US President Donald Trump leaked classified intelligence coming from Israel to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, does that mean his trip to Israel next week could – or should – be canceled? This is the question that some in the Knesset asked after reports on the leaks pointed to Israel as the source of Trump’s information."

When Will Trump Empty the Swamp and Purge the Antisemites

PRIEBUS OUSTED as a “Leaker”, next check out KELLYANN; then send McMASTER to learn about Jewish History, because: "Asked twice to comment on whether the Western Wall – holy in Judaism as the last standing structure from the Second Temple – is within sovereign Israeli territory, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser demurred on Tuesday, dismissing the matter as a 'policy decision.’” McMaster might have also given hints in his ‘briefing’ to the Press about the matter. Each day the scenario changes and increases.


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"Israel at the Crossroads”

We [the Jewish Nation] are experiencing a Crisis of Huge Proportions. And eventually it will infect Israel’s Knesset, because what happens in America eventually happens in the Israeli Government (i.e. the leftists and anti-religious). IsraelRising has posted a phenomenal article, and some of it is presented below; however, a full reading of Brandon Marlon’s “ISRAEL AT A CROSSROADS: Hebraic Republic vs. Judaic State” is highly recommended.

What is a Judaic state supposed to look like? 
Is the State of Israel a Judaic state?

Fundamentally, a Judaic state must be inspired and guided by the constitution of the people of Israel: the Tanakh (Torah/Pentateuch-Nevi’im/Prophets-Ketuvim/Hagiographa), as interpreted by the Talmud and later generations of Sages. The Tanakh is taken and laid as the foundation of the structure that becomes the Jewish nation-state, not merely a state of its citizens. The Tanakh itself, however, cannot be the verbatim constitution of a Judaic state for two imperative reasons:

a) The Tanakh prescribes social legislation, emphasizing the societal, not the political; it determines the makeup of Israelite society, not of an Israelite state, and is primarily concerned with religious principles, not political procedures. When it comes to the practical political affairs of electoral systems, methods of representation, legislative procedures and protocols, etc., the Tanakh is disinterested if not uninterested.

b) The Written Law (Tanakh) was always traditionally mediated (except over time for sectarian Samaritans, Sadducees, and Karaites) by the Oral Law (Talmud), and so cannot be applied literally as is. Only a Tanakh interpreted by exegetical Sages over the course of the millennia could be deemed accurate, authentic, and authoritative.

The Tanakh’s intent is to provide a divinely devised blueprint for the construction of an ideal society, and the very fact that it focuses on fostering a society and not a polity suggests that the society is the core edifice, the state merely the scaffolding. A people requires a form of governance, not necessarily a state. This fine distinction is precisely what allowed the Jewish people to survive its many lengthy exiles as a nation sans its nation-state.

With few exceptions, such as the convening of an assembly of 70 tribal elders and the appointment of magistrates over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, the Tanakh leaves open the configuration of civil affairs at the operational level. Clearly, though, the nascent Jewish nation was led by singular figures: Moses, then Joshua. Should a Judaic state, then, be governed as a monarchy? Ideally not, but perhaps. Should it function as a democracy? Not necessarily, but probably. Democratic elements were enshrined in Judaism for nearly a millennium before classical Greeks devised their embryonic and highly limited form of democracy: popular representation, separation of powers (not to be confused with separation of religion and politics), decentralization and delegation of responsibility, an independent judiciary, women’s property rights, and so forth.


Put simply, a Judaic state is democratic because [it is] Judaic.

Historical Recap of Judaic Statehood

In its capacity as a nomothetic pandect, the Tanakh is replete with divinely ordained legislative edicts. Israelite society during the Exodus was governed by what the Jewish priestly historian Joseph ben Matityahu (Josephus Flavius) would in the Roman era, in his refutative Against Apion, term in Greek a “theokratia” (theocracy). God alone was the head of state (initially, more precisely, of the Israelite state-in-the-making). Moses—prophet, lawgiver, faithful shepherd—was politically the overworked head of government, an ecclesiastical authority of one, at least for starters. Bottom line: God was the ruler, Moses the mouthpiece.

Anyone who earnestly yearns for a Hebraic republic is in luck, because one exists: the United States of America. Its patriot founders established, and their Puritan predecessors envisaged, a democratic commonwealth based on the biblical principles of freedom, justice, equality of persons, law and order, moral-ethical conduct, and the sanctity of life. At one point Hebrew was considered for the official national language of their New World start-up, and Benjamin Franklin proposed that Moses grace the emblematic Great Seal of the United States. The United States of America was imagined and realized in large part by devout Biblicists and fervent Hebraists of the Christian persuasion; Jews for whom this suffices should and do seek fulfillment within its borders.

But a Judaic state America is not, and was not meant to be: America strives to be exceptional; Israel was designed to be exemplary.

We should re-read the Writings of Meir Ettinger, because he personifies this struggle to create an Israel governed by our Torah. He brought into the public and political arena, was enprisoned for his beliefs, and 



Meir Ettinger’s “David HaMelech writings”:
חוץ ופנים
יש דין
ארדוף אויבי ואשיגם
כדי לטהרנו מקליפותינו ומטומאותינו
בשער המלךד' אדר התשע”ז