Thursday, May 17, 2012

bs"d More on the Great Assembly at Marienbad 1937 from "When Silence Is a Sin"

BS"D
From "When Silence Is A Sin" 
Concering the 1937 Meeting In Marienbad
Here we see the great importance that the Lubavitcher Rebbe attaches to the concept of a pointed ruling on the subject of giving land for peace. On one occasion the Rebbe referred to a certain ruling which was issued a generation ago. 

This is none other than the resolution of the "Great Assembly"[5] (5697-1937) which resolved that each and every compromise made regarding the Holy Land, which was given to us by the Holy One according to its boundaries,[6] is null and void.


These are the Rebbe's comments, on Motzoei Shabbos Mishpatim 5738 (1978):

The explicit ruling which was issued at the Great Assembly states that it is unequivocably forbidden to surrender even the tiniest particle of land within the boundaries of the Holy Land. It is astonishing that people do not publicize and proclaim this ruling in the greatest possible way. The fact that there are those who wish to conceal the ramifications of this ruling by concocting contrived interpretations of it, will be to no avail. This ruling is like every other Jewish law, for "the word of G-d will certainly endure."
The Rebbe concludes:

May it be G-d's Will that everyone will look at the Code of Jewish Law, chapter 329 (if they do not want to trust me), and they will see that the law is clear: it is forbidden to cede even a small piece of the Land of Israel to a non-Jew. The students and descendants of those Torah giants who participated in the Great Assembly in Marienbad should publicly proclaim to their students that they have a clear ruling instructing us how to conduct ourselves. They should continue spreading word of this until all the Jews know of the ruling."
The Rebbe even referred to those situations where there is nothing that can be done except protest:

Since we see that we have to contend with these people — it is a sign that our only concern must be to protest against their actions which are not in accordance with the Torah. They are in conflict with the Torah, and the ruling of the Code of Jewish Law, Laws of the Sabbath.[7] This law states that one must take up arms on the Sabbath and not allow the enemy to approach a border town. This law even applies outside of Israel, because the issue at hand has nothing to do with who the land belongs to, or the concept of not antagonizing the nations; the one and only reason for this ruling is the danger to the lives of large numbers of Jews, G-d forbid.
Regarding the effectiveness of a Rabbi's ruling, we may take note of the Rebbe's address of Sivan 28, 5746 (1986):

Every Rabbi in his respective generation is a leader in that generation — like a giant among knights; as the Prophet Shmuel was in his generation, or Moshe in his. When such a Rabbi issues a ruling of Jewish Law, it has an effect on the world — on the world, in such a way that the reality of the world shall conform to the ruling the Torah.[8]

      

Notes:

  1. (Back to text) See Page 59ff. The Rebbe's insistence upon the Rabbis' ruling is based upon the important distinction between regular court decisions and Rabbinic decisions. A decision based on Biblical instruction has the unique ability to affect the physical world, and change the course of normal events. See also note 83.

  2. (Back to text) Or, King of the Worlds. These are the opening words of the fifth hakafah circuit on Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah. The Rebbe thus explained the hakafah of Melech Olamim to be a particularly auspicious time for the Rabbis to issue rulings which can have a tangible impact in the world.

  3. (Back to text) Tractate Gittin 62a.

  4. (Back to text) This refers to an assembly of Torah leaders that took place in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia, in 1937. Attending were the (then) Gerrer Rebbe, the Alexander Rebbe, the Sadigerer Rebbe, and many other Torah giants including Rabbi Menachem Zemba, the Chief Rabbi of Warsaw, who died at the hands of the Nazis.

  5. (Back to text) In the Pentateuch, Bamidbar, ch. 34, G-d explicitly demarcates the boundaries of the Holy Land and allocates the entire area to the Jewish nation as an everlasting gift. This allocation was acknowledged by President Clinton when he was questioned in the Knesset in 1995. He was clearly shaken by this question. Yitzchak Rabin actually interjected trying to save the President from embarrassment.

  6. (Back to text) Ch. 329 states that if non-Jews besiege a border town where Jews live, then the Jews are required to desecrate the Sabbath to avoid its capture and the subsequent vulnerability of the rest of the country to open prey. "These people" referred to by the Rebbe, are the politicians and even religious leaders, who justify the ceding of parts of the Land of Israel, against the clear ruling in Chapter 329 of the Code of Jewish Law.

  7. (Back to text) See note 2; for further reference see Chassidic Dimensions Vol. 3, pp 102-103, Kehot Publishing Society, Brooklyn, 1990.


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