Gmar Chatima Tova. May you be signed and sealed in the Book of Life.
The people of Israel are beginning another lockdown in the hope of halting the continued spread of the Corona virus. Along with great sorrow for all those who have died from the illness and with wishes for robust health for those who have been infected, we enter this period imbued with great faith in the ability of the people of Israel, who have overcome many difficulties throughout their history, to resolutely stand in the face of the challenges posed by this difficult and complex period.
We are experiencing this holiday season while maintaining difficult social distancing and physical separation from our loved ones and friends; however, the heartbeat of the people of Israel resounds in all our hearts. The living connection between all segments of the people will be strengthened by the sense of solidarity, empathy and willingness of each and every individual to forego his or her personal comfort for the sake of the health and lives of the general population. The people of Israel are strong in spirit despite the ill winds that blow from time to time, and they will emerge from this period even stronger.
Like the gazelle in the Song of Songs
These days it may seem that the implementation of the vision of sovereignty is taking some steps backward, in light of the agreements in writing and orally, signed by the Prime Minister. We must remember the words of the sages, who likened the redemption of Israel as the running of the deer, which sometimes is revealed and sometimes is hidden.
In this complex period, we must mobilize anew and with renewed strength, increase the consciousness of sovereignty among the public and the leadership and bring it new life by striving to implement it.
Now is not the time for weakness and frailty of spirit. This is the time for innovative thinking on the correct way to promote the steps of sovereignty among the public and Israel’s leadership. Our movement, and with it, the many supporters of the vision of sovereignty and lovers of the Land of Israel, have brought about the amazing change in consciousness from the trend of withdrawals and concessions to the vision of sovereignty and empowerment. The People of Israel is closer than ever to realizing the Zionist dream of the restoration of our sovereignty in our Land, and now we must strengthen ourselves, not be swept away by the weak-minded, but to continue the revolution. We have the power to do it. Together with you, it will happen. We will lead to true sovereignty of the People of Israel over all of its Land, not as a transaction, not as a deal, and not as part of an agreement to plunder parts of the Jewish People’s homeland.
We will continue, we will act and please G-d we will succeed!
They will not be silenced
We take this opportunity to encourage Rav Shmuel Eliahu, Shlita, the Sovereignty Movement’s rabbi, against those who seek to limit his steps and silence his clear and distinct voice, the voice of true, proud Judaism, which does not grovel or kowtow to anyone.
The High Court’s decision to put Rav Eliahu on disciplinary trial for his positions on Torah is more of the trend to oppress anyone whose position does not conform to the opinion of the Left and its minions. Rav Eliahu’s words on the obligation to fight fiercely anyone who tries to raise his hand to a Jew to kill him are the simple and basic truth that are found in the sources of the Jewish People – if someone rises to kill you, rise and kill him first. His remarks on the phenomenon of Arab terror, which views all Jews as a target, whether in Alon Moreh, Tel Aviv or Paris, are true and have nothing at all to do with politics.
May the hand of the rav, the spiritual guide to many in this difficult time, be strengthened. We will not allow the anti-democratic closing of mouths.
Among the various reports relating to the “historic agreement” that was signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, it is important to read and internalize the wise, careful and cautioning words of Prof. Aryeh Eldad, a true ideologue, who has experienced a thing or two in the political field as well, and knows how to read between the lines of agreements and beyond the blaring trumpets of the ceremonies.
To read his article in Hebrew click here
Here is a translation into English of the main paragraph:
Prof. Arieh Eldad Maariv September 20th, 2020:
The agreement with the Emirates is indeed a historic agreement. But not for the reasons that Netanyahu markets to us. It is historic that in this agreement, Netanyahu hid behind the back door an Israeli agreement to the Trump plan. That is, for the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Those who bothered to read the agreement must be wondering where it is written. It ostensibly contains only vague and general statements about the need to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Then comes the ninth paragraph of the peace treaty: “Recalling the reception held on January 28,2020 at which President Trump presented his Vision for Peace and committing to continuing their efforts to achieve a just, comprehensive, realistic and enduring solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”. This is the "Deal of the Century", which includes the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Until this week, it was an American declaration that no government and no Knesset in Israel has adopted or approved. Until this week.
Hiding behind diplomatic and legal formulations - Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, said in an interview with CNN that Netanyahu agreed to relinquish sovereignty, recognize the Palestinian state and present a map of such a state. …..
The lie of the “peace for peace” formula was exposed ….Netanyahu wants the Nobel Peace Prize. He was willing to pay for it by relinquishing Israeli sovereignty in the heart of our homeland, and with signed recognition of a plan that includes the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Who are the indigenous people here?
The disturbing story that has made headlines in every news column on the family from Gush Shiloh, who were caught in an Arab ambush of stones, were attacked viciously and after being saved by firing in the air, a case was brought against the father of the family, is yet one more piece of evidence of the decline in which we find ourselves, as a nation and as a state.
The outrageous story of Eitan Zeev, a Dolev resident, farmer who finds himself facing an indictment, after rescuing himself and his friends from a lynching that Arab rioters tried to carry out, is also evidence of the same difficult phenomenon that goes against common sense.
For the more than fifty years in which Israeli sovereignty has not been applied in Judea and Samaria, the regime and law enforcement have come to see the Arabs of Judea and Samaria as the indigenous people of the region and as the locals, and the Jews as temporary citizens. This approach is what has brought bloodshed to the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and Jews who travel on the main traffic arteries and roads, again and again. This situation must be stopped and ended. We can do this with a decision on sovereignty and the sooner the better.
Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement
As we approach Yom Kippur, we call upon you to join and donate the money for kaparot to the continuation of the Sovereignty Movement’s activities. Regarding this, we bring you the words of Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl, rabbi of the Jewish Quarter, who was asked about this by Rav Baruch Efrati, head of the Derech Emuna rabbis, and responded that “He who donates money to this Sovereignty fund, the merit for the Land will go to him. As it is said in Deuteronomy 32, 43: “He will forgive His Land and His People”.
Rav Efrati notes, in a letter that he sent to our movement, that since the wording is “these are the deeds that will go for charity” it is possible to divide it and give part of the kaparot money to charity and part to the Sovereignty Movement “and with this, he will also be keeping the commandment of returning to the Land of Israel, about which the sages said that it is everything, compared to all commandments of the Torah”.
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Friends of Sovereignty
תְּכַפֵּר עֲווֹנִי כִּי שִׂבְרִי בְּךָ מַלְכִּי. וְכוֹנֵן אֶת דַּרְכִּי אֱלֹהַי לְעָבְדֶּךָ
Gmar Hatima Tovah
And Shabbat shalom,
Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar