March 14, 2007

The Golan

Filed under: Current Events,deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 7:13 pm

golan-waterfall.jpgI was just looking outside my window here in Tzfat and in the distance, I can see the Golan Mountains. Lately I have been thinking about what it would mean to give up the Golan Heights. Our Rabbi’s tell us that Suicide is forbidden by the Torah and strategically, for the safety of anyone living in the Galliel, they would be in constant danger should any of the Golan be given up. I don’t know how many of you have been to the Kinneret in Tiberia but right accross the water is the Golan Heights. map_golan.gifThe Kinneret spans an area of 64 square miles; its maximum length (north to south) is 15 miles and its maximum width (east to west) is 10 miles. The surface of the lake is approximately 696 feet below the level of the Mediterranean Sea and, at its deepest, the water is about 144 feet deep. It is Israel’s main source of good drinking water. Can you imagine us sharing this with yet another group of people wanting to Kill us? The Golan is slowly becoming a place very close to my heart as it should for any Jew being a part of the holy land given to us.davids-kingdom.jpg

7 Comments

  1. It’s a pleasure to hear and see you evolve into a true zionist. Rav Druckman would be proud :):)

    Keep it up!

    Comment by Jimmy — March 14, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

  2. Well appreciating Eretz Yisrael does not make one a Zionist, it makes him a Jew. I am not PRO israel, I am pro the Jewish people and we are NOT allowed to give away holy land according to Zionists and Non-Zionists alike. Not to mention it is literally suicide. I love you Jimmy my friend but don’t call me a Zionist even as a joke. You know when I made aliyah and walked 4 steps in the holy land, I kissed the ground. Then Israeli Government officials walked me to a special room to make me a citizen, there were tears in my eyes when I signed it. It was one of the lowest moments of my life but it was the only way I could afford to come. So I am no Zionist but I got to tell you, when that check arrived from the Israeli Government with some $$$$$$$$$$, I did take it with a smile. I guess like the Rambam says, “Take the Middle road”, but that is the road I take with living here but officially, I would consider myself anti Government. I mean really, who could be pro Israeli Government? It is one of the most corrupt in the world. When was the last time they paid their workers again? But hey, they are my fellow Jews so I love them! If they wanted to put ilovetorah.com symbol on the Israeli flag, well, I don’t know if I would stop them. But then if I saw a bunch of guys burning an israeli flag, I wouldn’t stop them either. How about we make a deal? If the Israeli Government agrees to allow only Bais Din and Rabbi’s who are pro Torah and Hashem to make decisions and court judgements, I will consider wearing blue and white instead of black and white.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — March 14, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

  3. Giving up the Goland would be sheer madness; however, giving up Gaza was madness. The truth is that until there are some leaders in Israel that value and observe Torah everything is in danger. I pray that Hashem will change the hearts of those in power to turn them from suicide; however, it may be that we have been given the power to change the course of events. Perhaps Hashem is waiting for his children to make the right choices and turn from sin before we once again feel the power of his hand. Let us start by fixing the sin of electing Olmert and his cronies.

    Comment by Daniel M. Ramos — March 14, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

  4. If you only knew what Olmert was really thinking of doing next, you would… hmmm

    It is interesting that towards the end of the war, Rav Kenig Shlita told us not to follow the news and current events too closely. He said it would make us crazy. You see, if you don’t look at the news with a mind of Emunah, faith in Hashem, then the news itself is like avodah zara. But if you see it with the eyes of Yiras Hashem and Emunah, you can see the hand of Hashem in all things. Olmert is just a name, a pawn. When a new pawn suddenly reaches the end of the board and becomes a prince, will it remember what it used to be like as a pawn? This is why their is corruption and bad judgements. A pawn is humble. So should be a leader of the Jewish people. He needs to be someone that when he turns from a pawn into a prince or knight, remains at heart a pawn. This is the greatness of our Rabbi’s.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — March 15, 2007 @ 12:03 am

  5. Not onley is it vital to keep the holy Golan it is completly mushuge to do anythig else as the danger is so very real. As Jews we must look after our own people before making bargins with others quite appart from the fact that these bargins will endanger the lives of Jews it is the worst thing posible to give away the promist land. We can be very sure that if we give the golan away they will cut down our orchards and our vinyards and use the dessert that the make to train more terroists. If we do not stand up to those who wish us harm it is like letting these amalekites do just as they please with us.

    Your freind Yisroel Schindler.

    Comment by Yisroel Schindler — March 21, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

  6. I hate to tell you Reb Moshe but Rav Nachman was a pretty big zionist. Without Eretz Yisrael there is no Torah. Do you know the punishment for those who criticise G-d’s chosen land? If not its time to look them up. Maybe then you can ask for some donations.

    Comment by yossel — March 29, 2007 @ 12:26 am

  7. your email says something pastor, are you not Jewish?

    You have to understand that most people in the world or are either zionist or non are totally clueless as too what their opinion is all about. They have never really researched both sides of viewpoints.

    I am here giving a purely Torah Viewpoint and if you look at it clearly, you will see that I fall in the middle of both with what I wrote here. I am not saying I am in the middle but the point is, before saying I am wrong, and stating what you said about Rebbe Nachman, you would have to understand quite a lot from the Rebbe and all sides. I am not sure you have taken the time to research all this but thank you for your words.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — March 29, 2007 @ 1:16 am

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