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8 Lessons
    The Israeli State and Goverment

    The Value of Nationhood

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    In the Book of Shmot, we are no longer individuals, as in Breishit, but rather begin to appear in history as a Nation. Why is a national framework so critical?

    Rabbi Haggai Lundin | Sivan 14 5781
    21 min
    The Israeli State and Goverment

    How Can We, As Orthodox Jews Support & Celebrate a Non-Religious State?

    The most basic quesion in religious-Zionism, is how can we religious Jews support & even selebrate on Yom HaAtzma'ut, a non-religious Jewish State? True, it's a lot closer than anything else around, and today, Israel is clearly the Torah Center of Judaism, and aside from the holiness and mitzva of Eretz Yisrael, what should our relationship be towards Medinat Yisrael? The Rambam already presents a precedent where we celebrate 200 years of sovereignty on Chanuka, even though admitting the Macccabean dynasy was problematic religiously (they were Kohanim & also for most of the 200 years not that religious, hellinists etc.). The she'ur concisely explains in 5 points, why a Jewish State is so important, even if it's not as religious as we like.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Sivan 15 5780
    The Israeli State and Goverment

    May I Participate in the Census?

    Is the State of Israel permitted to conduct a census of its population? Does an individual violate the mitzvah by being a census taker, or by providing the census takers with his information?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5772
    The Israeli State and Goverment

    The Status Quo

    Rabbi Berel Wein | 5771
    The Israeli State and Goverment

    Are We Obligated to Pay Taxes?

    It seems to me that when a king comes to power, the Knesset will not be disbanded; neither will the institution of elections be discontinued. The government will not lose its importance. There will still be a need to run the state as we know it today.

    Rabbi Baruch Paz | 5769
    The Israeli State and Goverment

    Regarding the Consensual Acceptance of Judges

    On the biblical verse, “These are the laws that you must set before (the Israelites),” the Gemara states, “‘Before them’ - but not before the nations; ‘before them’ - but not before unordained judges.”

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 5764
    Understanding Circumstances

    Israeli Rule: A Mitzvah

    "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?' "

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 18th Sivan, 5753
    Coping with Difficulties

    Settling Eretz Yisrael

    : Sometimes an act which results in severe short-term damage, serves the important role of making a clear statement concerning the importance of settling the Land, and impresses upon all the preference of Divine law over transient political rulings.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | 17 Cheshvan, 5763
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