Who Says Aliyah is a Mitzvah?

By HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook, former Rosh Yeshiva of the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

People occasionally ask, where is it written in the Torah that we have to build a State? Apparently, they are not familiar with the words of the giant Torah authority, the Ramban, who repeatedly stated that we are commanded that the Land of Israel be in our hands, and not in the hands of any other nation: READ MORE

CAN THE REDEMPTION COME ABOUT THROUGH SECULAR JEWS? By Rabbi Moshe Lichtman and Rabbi Joel Bergman and The Ways of Redemption

When Jews dreamed of redemption in the past, they certainly did not imagine it unfolding in its present form. Everyone believed that a righteous, God-fearing king would deliver the nation and generate a sweeping spiritual revival among the people, causing all of Israel to observe the mitzvot and become righteous Torah scholars. However, to think that God must execute the redemption as we see fit is extremely reprehensible. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways, says the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts [higher] than your thoughts (Yeshayah 55:8-9).
The redemptive process, from its very inception, has always followed the path that is furthest from our expectations. READ MORE..

“They Won’t Listen!”
by HaRav Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal

“Those who are biased or have ulterior motives will never concede to the truth.”

This statement was uttered by the holy Tzaddik, Rabbi Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal, a onetime leader of the Haredi community in Hungary and author of the book, “Eim HaBanim Semeichah.” Once a fierce anti-Zionist, he realized his error when he was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. In his book, an encompassing Halachic examination of the mitzvah to live in the Land of Israel, he concludes that the horrors of his time were the result of the failure of the Jewish People to heed the Torah’s call to return to the Land of Israel. He writes: READ MORE.



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