For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Feiglin - The answer is in our hands
31 January '12..
Recent polls again showed that the vast majority of Israeli society is traditional, holds religious faith and shies away from coercion. Hasn't the time come for our national leadership to express the desires of the large Jewish majority?
Hasn't the time come to again emphasize Jewish education and family? To make sure that every child in Israel is familiar with his or her heritage? Hasn't the time come to restore the value of loyalty?
Is it appropriate to draw the justification for our national existence in the Land of Israel from the Holocaust alone? Isn't there a positive reason for the existence of a Jewish State on the globe?
The great danger that threatens us, and is even graver than the Iranian nuclear menace, is the loss of legitimacy. We "rightfully acquired" the question mark over our right to exist as a Jewish State after long years of evading the need to cope with the challenge of a Jewish State.
We thought that if we hand over the very heart of our holy land, they shall let us be and we would be able to leave our identity behind and just be a "normal" nation watching reality TV at home.
Say no to terror state
This process exacted a terrible price from us. We must recognize the mistakes that were made thus far and refrain from establishing yet another terror state on the border of Central Israel.
God did not miraculously safeguarded His people for 3,000 years and brought it back to its land after 2,000 years of exile only to establish yet another Western province on the land plot that the "Palestinian people" may be kind enough to give up in our favor.
The answer to the essence of our existence is not in their hands, but rather, in our hands. This is not about them – it's about us!
Let's focus on building a free Jewish country, a righteous, prosperous society premised on the morality of our prophets, and a state that fills its citizens with a sense of belonging and pride and that serves as a model for the entire world.
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I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"