The schisms which tear at the nation of Israel and rend it to pieces conceal the essential inner oneness which unites Israel more than any nation. Outward weakness conceals an inner greatness, the outward disavowal hides an enormous inner of faith.
It appears that the media's positive aspects are easier to identify than its negative. The media provides a us with greater capacity to mold a cultural milieu. Has any generation merited the dissemination of so much Torah and religious faith as ours?
We, the Nation of Israel, must protect our uniqueness. We must throw off all foreign and coercive influences and become what we really are. What we really are is written in the Torah, which was given to us by the Creator Himself, He Who chose us.
We must focus our concern upon the very issue for which the state of Israel was established - we must return to Israel's scroll of independence. We have to think about how to create a bond between the Jews of the Diaspora and the land of Israel.
The conflict between Israel and the Arabs runs very deep. It is a religious conflict to which there exists no solution at present. We must presently pour our energies into transforming Israel into a state for all of the Jewish people in the world.
For generations, the Jewish people have given scholarship precedence over all else. This is lacking today. Parents who, today, lead a life of freedom and irresponsibility should not expect their child to turn out honest, educated, and intelligent.
Why do the Rabbis of today not stand up with strength and courage like the Maccabees, and lead the Jewish people in a religious reawakening and an all-out war with the Arab enemy? Shouldn't the spiritual leaders be the ones who lead the nation?
If one letter is removed from a Torah scroll, it is incomplete; similarly, if one portion of the land of Israel is removed, it is lacking. He who stabs a knife into the heart of the land, in effect stabs a knife into the heart of the nation.
I prefer to look for the positive side of this atmosphere of tension which is overtaking the public; for, every circumstance in the world contains an essentially positive aspect by virtue of which it is granted existence.
"When I reflect on the extreme loyalty to the Land of Israel displayed by the religious-Zionist camp, I cannot help but ask myself: 'What is its source? Does it spring from a sense of religious obligation, or is it the fruit of nationalism?' "
Is it even conceivable that Torah leaders be told not to voice their opinion on questions which effect so significantly the future of the nation? Not only are rabbis permitted to voice the opinion of the Torah, they are obligated.
In life, each of us is antagonized and beleaguered by others. A number of possible responses offer themselves to the victim such hardships. Some approaches carry a seal of quality and truth; others steer a person in the opposite direction...