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To dedicate this lesson

The Torah study is dedicated in the memory of

R' Meir b"r Yechezkel Shraga

Generation Protest


Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed

24 Iyar 5754
This is the appropriate time to declare that no power has any authority in regards to Eretz Yisrael. Neither the Government nor the Knesset has any right to acquiesce any part of the Jewish rule over Eretz Yisrael. There is no moral, legal or human value to this act. It is against the Torah, justice, law, morality and integrity. It is null and void from its beginnings and forever. Hashem decreed that Eretz Yisrael belongs to the Jewish people for all generations and this can not be changed. All the generations beginning with Avraham Avinu rebuke any concessions that are made on the Land.

To Avraham it is written: (Bereshit 15, 18) "The Lord made a covenant with Avraham, saying "To thy seed have I given this land from the river of Mizrayim to the great river, the river Perat." It is not written I will give but rather, I have given, this is to say that it was given and belonged to us even before we had conquered it. To Yitzhak it is written: (Bereshit 26, 3) "And to thy seed, I will give all these countries". To Yaakov it is written: (Bereshit 28, 13) "The land on which thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed." The land of Israel was given by Hashem to our fathers, and all the offspring of Yaakov. Who could relinquish it?

Moshe Rebbeinu and Yehoshua who divided up the land, the elders that came after them, the kings and prophets, the wise sages, the Rabbis of the Mishna and Gemmarah, the Gaonim, Rishonim, and Achronim all waited and yearned with their souls and all their means to return to Eretz Yisrael. Thus we rebuke any concession of the Land by the government. We protest against any relinquishing of any rule or partial rule of it by non-Jews. This is not a private rebuke of one sector today but rather, a rebuke of all preceding and future generations. With a massive protest such as this there is no significance to any ceremonial signatures or agreements in regards to giving away any part of Eretz Yisrael.

Even if these writings and words do not influence this present government they still do not lose their value and strength. When the first intentions of relinquishing parts of Eretz Yisrael appeared (before the beginning of the state), the great Rabbis stated that they will have no part in dividing up the Land. We have no right to do as such, therefore we can not agree to this even if it is considered a temporary situation. The great Gaon Rabbi Menachem Zamba, Hashem ikom dmo, who was murdered in the holocaust, stated that those that have the impudence to tear up our holy Torah, are the same that would have the arrogance to tear up Eretz Yisrael. But we that keep the Torah can not agree to giving up even one inch of our land. The Gaon HaRav Yaakov Moshe Harlap tz"l stated "It is preferable for a man to cut off his hand than to sign a document that relinquishes part of Eretz Yisrael". May the words of Hashem be fulfilled - "To your seed I have given this country".
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