Geula - Redemption
Mordechai Yitzchok Friedman, M.S.
The Pesach Holiday is personified by the words, “BeNissan nigahlu
BeNissan Ahteadin Leegohale (In the month of Nissan we were redeemed and
we will be redeemed in the month of Nissan)
- Talmud: Rosh Hashannah 11:a”.
Indeed, the fundamental idea of Geula-redemption is a contemporary idea
with the rebirth of Israel.
The Vilna Gaon states
in Even Shleima that the last redemption will be enacted with
G-d's goodness, even without repentance! The redemption shall come to
fruition due to the merits of our forefathers. In addition, the Radak
comments on Psalm 108:5 that Geula will come regardless of whether we
are worthy or unworthy.
Geula is a
contemporary Pesach theme as we recite in the Haggada, "Next year in
Jerusalem." Indeed, Maimonides in Hilchos Melachim U'Milchomoseyhem
(Chapter 5:12) states, "L'olam yadur odam b'Eretz Yisroel - a person
should always live in Israel." Dayan Tzvi Hirsch Kalischer (ZT"L) whose
Tzvi L'Tzadik commentary appears in Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah)
wrote in Drishat Tzion: "It is an obligation to redeem the Holy Land by
settling, in our days, even before the coming of the Moshiach." Dayan
Kalischer was the founder of Chovevai Tzion - 19th century Aliyah
societies throughout Europe.
It is an issur
(prohibition) to renounce redemption by giving up parts of Eretz
Yisroel. The boundaries are divinely illustrated in the Torah, "From the
River of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates." (Genesis 15:18).
Rashi and the Vilna Gaon concur that the "River of Egypt" is the Nile.
The Shulchan Aruch (Hilchos Shabbos Chapter 329) states,
"As for strangers who march against Jewish cities, even if their
intention is to take straw and stubble, one must desecrate Shabbos and
take arms against them to prevent them from conquest." Indeed the
Mechaber (Author of the Shulchan Aruch) contends it is the
intention of Gentiles to take away our Holy Land!
(Maimonides) states in Hilchos Chovel U'Mazik Chapter 8,9:10 “A person
who turns over a Jewish person or his property to Gentiles is a Moser
and the Rambam stipulates in subtitle 10, It is permissible and a
mitzvah to execute the Moser even though today we do not have capital
punishment, and he who executes the Moser first, has great merit.
Indeed, giving up land today to Goyim is apropos of the Rambam's psak!
HaRav Eliezer Silver (ZT"L)
a past president of Agudas HaRabbonim - the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of
the U.S. and Canada, is quoted in his sefer Tzamach Erez: "It is
prohibited for the State of Israel to give up even one inch of her
territory. This is according to the din, as well as other reasons. It is
prohibited to give up land under any circumstances."
As long as hostile
residents inhabit the Land of Israel, the Geula is inhibited! The Torah
instructs US! to "remove all hostile residents."(Numbers 33:50-56).
Rashi, Ramban, Ibn Ezra and Rashbam comment in unison on the
aforementioned Verses; the hostile inhabitants must be removed or else
the Jews will be evicted! How unfortunately true it is today!
Furthermore the Rambam
stipulates in Hilchos Melachim; Chapter 6:1 that a resident Gentile must
be paying a heavy tax, not rule over Jews, and be of a low status. Today
they not only transgress their condition but they rape, murder, and sit
in the Knesset, ipso facto, they must be transferred! In addition, the
concept of “Pikuach Nefesh” (danger to Jewish lives) is apropos: the
removal of all hostiles will save Jewish lives!!
In the era of Exodus
we experienced a redemption (in Nissan). In a future Nissan we will be
redeemed! May we merit to witness the Geula Shleima - the complete
redemption speedily in our days!
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