(Re-posted from the former Jewish Jihad)
31 August 2005
Food for Thought
A very big part of the problem with Yisrael being attached to the kingdom of Edom at the 'End of Days' is the Jewish assimilation of ideas foreign to Torah.
Ideas like the rights of the individual, the brotherhood of mankind, equality of the sexes and so forth are some of the foundational "truths" of western civilization which have no basis in reality. Without debating these points, let me get right to the crux of the most pressing problem for Yisrael today. It is not only a mitzvah, a commandment from HaShem, but an obvious necessity for us to rid our Land of the non-Jews---the "civilized" westerner (Eisav) no less than the "barbaric" easterner (Yishmael).
I won't go into the issue of the seven nations at this time since it is quite detailed and already much discussed, but I'd like us to take under consideration some remarks of the Sifri on "allowed" non-Jews in Eretz Yisrael as brought down by Rav Kahane in Ohr Hara'ayon (Vol 2):
"It is clear that there is an absolute prohibition on giving a non-Jew mastery over Eretz Yisrael, and that a non-Jew, whoever he may be, has an entirely different status from that of Israel, who are the owners of the Land, Eretz Yisrael. The non-Jew is nothing but an alien, a stranger, a temporary occupant, and not an owner. Only within well-defined principles and laws is it permissible for him to dwell in Eretz Yisrael, even as an alien and occupant. (p. 589)
"We must realize that even if a non-Jew submits properly and is allowed to live in the Land, his residence is still restricted. ...If a non-Jew sincerely wishes to be a resident alien, to abandon idolatry and undertake the seven Noahide laws, thereby sanctifying G-d's name, better that he should do this and live in Eretz Yisrael than to live outside the Land as an idolater and profane G-d's name. Clearly, however, all this applies only if he accepts conditions guaranteeing that he remain isolated from Israel, and ensuring his understanding that Eretz Yisrael is the exclusive land of the Jewish people and that he has only the right to reside there.
"Therefore, besides the conditions enumerated above, the Torah established additional restrictions. First Sifri says (Ki Tetse, 259), 'In your midst': And not on the border.' The reason for this is simple. We still suspect him lest he aid the enemy and endanger us. Second, Sifri teaches, '[To reside]...in your gates' (Deut. 23:17): In your gates and not in Jerusalem.' Jerusalem's holiness cannot bear the impurity of a non-Jew, hence, even a non-Jew allowed to live everywhere else in Eretz Yisrael is forbidden to live in the Holy City. It would seem that to live there while passing through is permitted, for that is not called 'residence.' "
"Sifri also teaches: 'He shall be allowed to reside with you: And not in the city itself.' I believe the simple interpretation of this is that although a particular non-Jew can be permitted to live in Eretz Yisrael 'with you,' for the reason noted above, we are still required to separate from him, hence we are forbidden to settle him among us in the same city with Jews." (p. 613-614)
Note we are "allowed" to make this dispensation (to let non-Jews live in EY), but there is no obligation to do so. (p. 615)
The extent to which any of these remarks disturb you, is the extent to which you have been assimilated into western norms. The nations were given the entire world and we were given Eretz Yisrael. To open it up to dominance by the nations, to 'democratically' take it over and create another nation in their own image is not an option. This is a unique Land created for a unique people in order for them to fulfill a unique destiny---Eretz Yisrael, Am Yisrael, Torat Yisrael.