Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement.
The analysis and proposed transfer of Arabs from Israel that I have set down are not personal views. They are certainly not political ones. This is the Jewish outlook, based on halakah the law as postulated in the Torah.
The removal of all Arabs who refuse to accept the exclusive, unquestioned Jewish sovereignty over Eretz Yisrael is not only logical and normal for any Jew with a modicum of an instinct for self-preservation; it is also the Jewish halakic obligation. It is important that we know this in order to realize what true "Jewishness" really dictates and in order to instill in ourselves the faith and assurance that if we do this, all the nations in the world will be incapable of harming Israel.
The Jewish people are not merely one more nation. "Though I put an end to all the nations among whom thou art scattered, but I will never put an end to thee" (Jeremiah 30:11). Israel is indestructible. It is unique, it is holy, it is the Chosen of the L-rd; it has a reason for being. Its national uniqueness is built on an idea, on an ideology, that it alone has. The Jew is selected and obligated to be a religio-nation, commanded to obey the laws and follow the path of Torah. The covenant. The Jewish people took upon itself the yoke of the L-rd, acknowledging Him as G-d and observing His laws. The Almighty chose them as His unique people, pledging that they would be indestructible and would live in peace and prosperity in their own land, Eretz Yisrael.
The land was given as a reward, as a blessing. But it is more, much more, than that. The people of Israel have more than a right to the land; they have an obligation. "For you shall pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the Land which the L-rd your G-d gives you, and you shall possess it and dwell therein" (Deuteronomy 11:31).
A unique people given, uniquely, a particular land. Unlike all the other faiths that are not limited to one special country, the Jew is given a particular land and commanded to live there. And for a reason, as Moses explains: "Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the L-rd, my G-d, commanded me, that you shall do so in the Land whither you go to possess it. (Deuteronomy 4:5).
It is impossible to create a holy, unique people that dwells as a minority within lands that belong to others. The majority culture must infiltrate, influence, corrupt, woo, tempt, pervert. The Jew is commanded to create for himself a holy nation, and that can only be done free of others, separate, different, apart. That is why the unique nation, chosen for holiness and unique destiny, was given a land for itself: so that it might create a unique, holy society that would be a light unto the nations who would see its example and model.
And as the Torah clearly commanded: And you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you…But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come to pass that those which you let remain of them, shall be thorns in your eyes and thistles in your sides and shall torment you in the land wherein you dwell. And it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them" (Numbers 3:52-56).
Far better than foolish humans did the Almighty understand the dangers inherent in allowing a people that believed the land belonged to it to be given free and unfettered residence, let along ownership, proprietorship, citizenship. What more natural thing than to ask to regain that it believed to be rightly its own land? And this over and above the need to create a unique and distinctly separate Torah culture that will shape the Jewish people into a holy nation. That "uniqueness" can be guaranteed only by the non-Jew's having no sovereignty, ownership, or citizenship in the state that could allow him to shape its destiny and character.
This is Torah. This is Jewishness. Not the dishonest pseudo "Judaism" chanted by the Liberal secularists who pick and choose what "Judaism" finds favor in their eyes and who reject what their own gentilized concepts find unacceptable. They weigh "Judaism" on the scales of their own intellectual arrogance – arrogance, incidentally, of intense ignorance.
And if this is not only the right of Jews but their obligation, what do we fear? Why do the Jews tremble and quake before the threat of the nations? Is there no longer a G-d in Israel? Have we lost our bearings that we do not understand the ordained historical role of the State of Israel, a role that ensures that it can never be destroyed and that no further exile from it is possible? Why is it that we do not comprehend that it is precisely our refusal to deal with the Arabs according to halakic obligation that will bring down on our heads terrible sufferings, whereas our courage in removing them will be one of the major factors in the hurrying of the final redemption?
What is wrong with us? Who blinded us and blocked from our memories the existence and power of the G-d of Israel? Did a Jewish people exist for 2,000 years without state, government, or army, wandering the earth interminably from land to land, suffering pogroms and Holocaust and surviving powerful empires that disappeared into history, just by coincidence? Did a Jewish people return to its land from the far corners of the earth to set up its own sovereign state – exactly as promised in the Bible – through mere natural means? What other nation ever did such a thing? Where are the Philistines of Goliath today? Where is imperial Rome with its Latin and its gods? Who defeats armies in six days, and on the seventh they rest?
Who if not an Israel because there is a G-d in it! The Land of Israel is His divine Land; the State of Israel is His divine hand. History is not a series of random events, disjointed and coincidental. There is a Creator, a Guide, a Hand that plans and directs. There is a scenario to history. The Jew has come home for the third and last time. "But the third shall be left therein" (Zechariah 13:8). The first redemption was that from Egypt; the second, the redemption of Ezra. The third will never end" (Tanhuma, Shoftim 9).
We live in the era of the footsteps of the Messiah, the beginning of the final redemption. The rise of the State of Israel from the ashes of Auschwitz marks the end of the night of black humiliation and agony, of Hillul Hashem, and the beginning of the dawn of the final, total redemption, of Kiddush Hashem, sanctification of G-d's name. The State of Israel is not a "political" creation. It is a religious one. No power could have prevented its birth and none can destroy it. It is the beginning of G-d's wrath, vengeance against the nations who ignored, disdained, and humiliated Him, who found Him irrelevant, who "knew Him not." But, it is only the beginning. How the final redemption will come, and when, depends on the Jews.
The exiles shall be ingathered only through "faith" (Mechilta, Exodus). If we have it, if we truly believe in the existence of the Creator and Guider of history, the G-d of Israel, we can bring the final redemption today. "When will the Messiah come? 'Today, as it is said: "Today, if you will hearken unto my voice'" (Psalms 95:7, Sanhedrin 98a).
The Arabs of Israel represent Hillul Hashem in its starkest form. Their rejection of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel despite the covenant between the L-rd of Israel and the Jews constitutes a rejection of the sovereignty and kingship of the L-rd G-d of Israel. Their transfer from the Land of Israel thus becomes more than a political issue. It is a religious issue, a religious obligation, a commandment to erase Hillul Hashem. Far from fearing what the Gentile will do if we do such a thing, let the Jew tremble as he considers the anger of the Almighty if we do not.
Tragedy will be ours if we do not move the Arabs out. The great redemption can come immediately and magnificently if we do that which G-d demands. One of the great yardsticks of real Jewish faith in this time of momentous decision is our willingness to reject fear of man in favor of awe of G-d and remove the Arabs from Israel.
The world? The nations – united or otherwise? What do they matter before the omnipotence of the Almighty?
"Why do the nations rage…the Kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, against the L-rd and against His anointed…He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, the L-rd shall mock them…" (Psalms 2:1-4). The Jewish people and state cannot be destroyed. Their weapon is their G-d. That is reality
Let us remove the Arabs from Israel and bring the redemption.
1,500 Rabbis Come to Tucker Carlson's Defense as ADL Calls for His Firing
Last week, the Anti-Defamation League suggested that Fox News host Tucker Carlson should be yanked from the air for supporting what it called a "white supremacist tenet."
Now, 1,500 rabbis have defended Carlson and criticized the ADL.
On the April 8 episode of "Fox News Primetime," Carlson raised the possibility that Democrats are allowing mass immigration in order to win more votes. He made clear that he was not suggesting there was a race problem, saying instead it was a voting rights problem.
"I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term 'replacement,' if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World," Carlson said.
"But they become hysterical because that's what's happening, actually. Let's just say it: That's true."
He concluded that while critics want to make it a racial issue, the fact that people who refuse to follow our laws are being let into the country and given special privileges is "a voting rights question."
Carlson happens to be correct that importing noncitizens and allowing them to vote dilutes the voting power of American citizens. He never mentioned anything about the race of the voters in America, and he never implied that only white people should have power.
Instead, Carlson suggested that American citizens of all races should have voting power in the United States, and noncitizens of all races should not. That seems like a pretty fair conclusion.
However, because leftists do not like it when they are rightfully criticized, they must turn it around and try to paint Carlson as the bad guy. In this case, they went to their oft-used strategy of calling anything they don't like "racist."
Media Matters, the radical leftist organization supposedly dedicated to "correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media," immediately concluded that Carlson was defending "white replacement theory." This lie was parroted by leftists on Twitter.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and director of the ADL, also decided that Carlson was a racist for presenting a viewpoint that he did not like and therefore should be taken off the air.
"'[R]eplacement theory' is a white supremacist tenet that the white race is in danger by a rising tide of non-whites," Greenblatt tweeted Friday. "It is antisemitic, racist and toxic. It has informed the ideology of mass shooters in El Paso, Christchurch and Pittsburgh. Tucker must go."
The Jerusalem Post explained what "white replacement theory" is, and it makes clear that this is not what Carlson was arguing.
"The conspiracy theory that Jews are orchestrating a 'great replacement' of white westerners with nonwhite immigrants is popular among white supremacists and fueled the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, among other attacks," it reported.
Carlson never suggested that Jewish people were responsible for orchestrating the replacement of white people, and he never even said that white people are the ones who should be voting in America. Instead, he said that American citizens, regardless of race, shouldn't be replaced by noncitizen voters.
In response to the ADL's criticism, the Coalition for Jewish Values wrote a letter to Greenblatt supported by 1,500 Orthodox rabbis.
The coalition called Greenblatt's characterization of Carlson as a white supremacist "grossly misplaced."
"Alas, the ADL has become markedly partisan under your leadership," said the letter, which was shared with The Jerusalem Post. "Your organization published the guide, Naming the Hate, which features obscure neo-Nazis of the 'alt-right,' yet says nothing regarding far more dangerous, leftist adherents of radical Islam."
The coalition accused the ADL of actively hiding the facts about anti-Semitic hate in America.
"The ADL has tirelessly endeavored to hide the truth readily known to most Jews in America: the overwhelming majority of antisemitic acts occur in Democrat-controlled cities and on college campuses dominated by progressive currents," the letter said.
Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch made it clear that he would not fold to the pressure of the woke mob and that Carlson will not be fired, according to The Hill.
"A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory," he wrote in a letter to Greenblatt. "As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: 'White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.'"
The importance of organizations such as the Coalition for Jewish Values and Fox Corp. standing up to the mob cannot be overstated. The left will not stop in its efforts to militarize every institution in America against its political foes, and the only way to respond is to fight back.
Herring inspired by Chassidus? That's what The Rebbe's Choice – a food company based in Long Island City, NY – promises. The following dvar Torah appears on the website of "The Rebbe's Choice":
The B'nei Yissaschar, Rav Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov, taught that when Hashem created the world, He only blessed three creations: fish, man, and Shabbos. So – says the B'nei Yissaschar – when a man eats fish on Shabbos, he merit all three blessings of creation being fulfilled through him.
Although principally a line of novelty herring, The Rebbe's Choice also offers kichel, smoked salmon, marinated pickles, stuffed olives, spice blends, and organic coffee. The Jewish Press recently interviewed 24-year-old Naftali Engel, who started The Rebbe's Choice in 2016.
The Jewish Press: What made you decide to enter the food business?
Engel: I was always interested in cooking. Even from a young age, I remember getting in the kitchen and trying out different recipes that I either read or came up with on my own. I would also definitely say there's some influence from my mother, who comes from Argentina where there's a big focus on fresh food and eating.
What made you decide to focus on herring?
I remember being with my father in the basement of the shul I grew up in and helping him prepare the Kiddush. So, I've always had exposure to herring.
When I was really young, I didn't like it, but later I started to enjoy it, and when I went to yeshiva in Israel I was looking for American-style herring, and it just wasn't available. So I decided to make my own. Eventually I came up with a few recipes and, with some help from my brother, I started selling it in my yeshiva.
When I came back to the States, we started the company.
Your herring selections are all named after chassidic Rebbes – ranging from Berdichev to Lelov to Ropshitz. How does herring intersect with Chassidus?
Around the time that I was trying to figure out recipes for making my herring, I visited my brother in Tzfas and tasted this great homemade herring made by a guest. I asked the guy for the recipe, and he started telling me:
"First, you have to dance with the fish, then say a little Tehillim, then go to the mikveh, and then learn Likutei Moharan with the fish."
It was, shall we say, a very colorful recipe – not exactly what I was looking for – but it put this idea in my head that there's more to eating than just consuming.
The labels of each one of your herrings reads "Inspired by…" In what manner is your honey mustard sriracha herring "inspired by Kotzk" or your sweet onion herring "inspired by Ropshitz"?
The mustard sriracha herring is sharp and fiery, and the Kotzker Rebbe was known to be very outspoken and truthful.
As for the sweet onion herring: Rav Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz had a sweet demeanor and a complex wit.
What made you pick the name The Rebbe's Choice?
There's depth and spirituality in the way people connect to food, and that was something I never thought of – something that is also apparent in chassidic thought. So I wanted to bring spirituality into the consumption of food, which can be far removed from spirituality at times.
My sister-in-law was actually the one who came up with the name.
Have you received positive feedback on it?
Definitely. There are people who have told me they knew nothing about a specific Rebbe, but now when they purchase a herring recipe inspired by a particular Rebbe, they learn something from a sefer written by or about that Rebbe.
Do some people misunderstand what you're doing and perhaps find it a little irreverent?
I get e-mails all the time from people who are upset about the brand. Most of them let off a little steam, maybe post a comment on the Internet, and then move on.
I have had more than one rav hamachshir reprimand me, though. I understand where they're coming from. I'm not living in some fantasy land. People could erroneously perceive I might be making fun of something. I recognize that it could be taken in a negative light.
How do you respond?
I try to have a conversation to at least get them to understand where I'm coming from.
Do non-chassidim eat your fish?
I'd like to think so. I hope we're not excluding anybody. But for balance, we also came up with a line of herring called Litfish.
And it's different how?
It's a lot more of the classic, traditional flavors. For example, we have "Garlic Schmaltz," which is very unassuming, but it's prepared in a very high-end way using organic, high quality ingredients. That's what makes it different from what is generally available to the public.
The Rebbe's Choice line has many novel flavors such as "Honey Mustard Sriracha," "Smoked Zatar," "Maple Bourbon," "Jalapeno Matjes," and "Everything Bagel" to name a few.
Where do you see The Rebbe's Choice moving? Do you have any new items on the horizon?
We've expanded greatly over the past year. Since the pandemic started, we've been able to focus on creating lines of pickles, olives, different spice blends, and even coffee.
My goal is to give people a very high-quality product at a good price while making it interesting. We have increased our distribution channels to include many kosher groceries and supermarkets all over the country, and even internationally.
We post a weekly dvar Torah on our website, which is also distributed via e-mail to our customers who opt in. I feel that this reinforces the spiritual connection I spoke about earlier.
I hope I'm not going to get anyone into any trouble but I have to ask this: Any plans to launch a line called The Rebbetzin's Choice?
Funny you should ask. It's an idea that I've been floating around for quite some time. We already have an Instagram page for The Rebbetzin's Choice.