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There is still a continuing machlokes on whether or not settling and living in the land of Israel is a mitzva, and quite honestly, it is only one mitzva. Until recently, Israel was called a banana republic and with good reason. The beginnings of the Israeli state were chaotic. There were quite a few socialist and communist Zionists with their idea of what ...


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You have a bit of selection bias going on here - you're in 2014 and wondering why a single Jewish community hasn't moved from the USA to Israel. Since 1948, a significant number of Jewish communities from around the world (Ethiopia, Yemen, Morocco, Syria, Iraq, Russia, Poland, Romania), have all moved en-masse to Israel. Perhaps you should be asking why so ...


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The Imrei Emes explained that we see that the daughters of Zlophchad cherished the land of Israel from when they made their request. Zlophchad died as either the wood-chopper of Bamidbar 15:32 or as one of those who attempted to go into Eretz Yisroel after the sin of the spies in Bamidbar 14:40. So Zlophchad died before the decree of the 40 years. And yet ...


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You will find that the daughters of Tzelophchad were of one of the Machirite families of Menashe. The Macherites were that half-tribe that wanted to stay on the Transjordan and forgo the land of israel because they though there would be more land for their cattle. The men of Menashe were not praised for insisting on maintaining the headrights of the ...


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I would suggest a different understanding of the word 'partnership'. The Chochmas Shlomo writes in his gloss on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat siman 369 "a king who rules the entire world is not applicable the laws of dinei dimalchusa, for how can he say that he doesn't want to live in his land, all the lands are his! Should he fly in the air?" We find that ...


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According to this: It was a partial quote from Barbara Ordman, who lives in Ma’ale Adumim on the West Bank. Her exact quotation was: "As one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively: “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air." Barbara Ordman is a Jew saying ...


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Not sure if this is what you're looking for but the fact that you now have an uncertainty about the presence of the "unreliable" rabbanut's ingredients in the purchased product certified by the "reliable" rabbanut is usually halachically relevant - e.g. if now there is a sefek sefeika (double uncetainty) or safek d'rabanan (l'kula). (Menachem's application ...


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Rambam Hilchos Melachim 5:9 based on Mesechtas Avoda Zara 13a says that one may never leave Eretz Yisrael. However the Gemara allows one to leave for various reasons, such as learning Torah, marriage, and business. Thus it would follow that one who has his business, wife, his learning set up outside Eretz Yisrael should be allowed to leave Eretz Yisrael ...


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The thing with genetics is to take it all with a grain of salt. For instance we know that edom is our long lost brother and genetics should show this. And it does to a degree. But the apparent split happened around fifty thousand years ago. So now what? The whole premise of genetics is using information outside of our basic concept of our religious history ...


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Causing damage to a non-Jew's property in a "price tag" attack would require the damager to compensate the victim for damages. This is according to a majority of Poskim as quoted in "SHU"T Chevel Nachlaso" by Rabbi Ya'akov Epstein (10, 59). Unfortunately it is all too common that some jump to assume that "nationalistic" Jews were responsible, which is ...


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Judaism consists of the religious belief and practice aspect of the the Jewish people. More correctly Jewish is an ethnicity. While Judaism has religious beliefs and rituals someone is determined to be Jewish if 1) their mother is Jewish 2)they have converted by accepting all religious beliefs, practices, and rituals and have been declared so by a Jewish ...


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Whether they are justified, they have a biblical precedent: When David was living with the Philistines, he would go out and raid Geshurites, Girzites, and Amalekites and kill them and take their stuff. You might be able to say that Amalek may be killed on sight anywhere and you might be able to say that one may kill any politically unsubjugated goy in the ...


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The underlying theoretical justification - Pikuach Nefesh, saving lives by preventing attacks - is where it would come from. Whether or not this behavior accomplishes that in this context is another matter. The most interesting aspect of the question is if the victim of the "Price-Tag" attack is decidedly not an aggressor, just happens to be in the same ...



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