The Divrei Torah in this section have been translated by Rav Reuven Ungar, Director of Alumni Affairs
Nationalism and Spirit
By: Rav Moshe Ganz
The Midrash states that the Jewish People were redeemed from
The spiritual qualities of the Jewish People- promoting monotheism, and performing justice- are not mentioned in the Midrash. They seemingly evaporated due to the harsh exile. Indeed, Chazal depicted our status in
Nevertheless, the adherence to the social framework of the Jewish People enabled the redemption. In fact, it was designed to ensure that there was WHAT to redeem. The exodus from
On the other hand, we recall the words of Chazal that the Jewish People in
This will not continue indefinitely. Without a clear vision of internal qualities and true national goals, the nation is liable to change the external signs of dress, language and names. This assists one to adapt to a foreign, and at times, hostile, environment. Even feelings of brotherhood and unity amongst the nation are subject to deterioration. The point may be reached where there is nothing left to redeem.
If only the above was merely a sermon for Shabbat. Unfortunately, it is materializing in front of our very own eyes. The Zionist movement was predicated upon a strong national sentiment, with a weak and superficial recognition of the true content of the Jewish Nation. This movement led to the return of the Jewish People to the
Those who are dedicated to Torah and recognize the true message of the Jewish People must raise the flag of true Jewish nationalism (this especially applies to our students serving in the IDF). Concerning Torah scholars, our rabbis teach us that they are truly the builders of the nation. Let us be strong and courageous in our mission!
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