Saturday, April 29, 2006

Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rav Shach agreed!

Excerpted from the recently published (in English) "A Threat From Within - A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism", by Prof. Yakov M. Rabkin (pg. 198):

"For all of their differences, the last Lubavitch Rebbe and Rabbi Schach, the leader of the "Lithuanian" Haredim, agreed on the place of Israel in Jewish continuity. For Rabbi Schach, before the arrival of the Messiah, the Jewish people remain in exile wherever they may find themselves, including in Israel proper. In the view of his contemporary, Rabbi Menahem Mendel Schneerson, who over time had become more open to the nationalists, "the aliya of numerous Jews to the Holy Land does not constitute a gathering of the exiled" as it is presented in the prophetic scriptures. (Ravitzky: Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism, pg.147). For him, the State of Israel has complicated redemption and sowed confusion among the Jews: "The false redemption does not allow the true redemption to be revealed, for those who think that they are already living in the redemption do not perform the [religious] actions required for the going forth from exile and the revealing of the true redemption; they cause the prolongation of the Exile, the exile of the individual, the exile of the community, the exile of all Israel, and the exile of the Shekhina [divine presence]" (Ravitzky).

Opposition to competing visions of the Geulah makes strange bedfellows indeed.


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