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    • Adam
    • 08.09.10 | 06:30 (IDT)

    The LAND of Israel is venerated by all Orthodox "sects" of Judaism. The yearning to return to the Land (i.e., in Messianic times) is an oft-repeated, fundamental aspect of the daily prayers, even in the Grace After Meals. Rabbinic opinion ranges from a standpoint that one is OBLIGATED to live in the Land of Israel, to it being a very good, though not absolutely necessary, thing. Regardless of the details, the fundamental point of the Land being absolutely central to Judaism and Jewish existence is firmly enshrined in the credo adhered to by Orthodox Jews of all stripes. What is MORE controversial, and far less universally accepted, is the idea of a Jewish state (particularly a secular Jewish state, as exists now) set up on the Land prior to the Messianic period. Many Orthodox Jews see the advent of the modern state of Israel as the "birthpangs of the Messiah", but most others, including the vast majority of Hasidim, are either ambivalent towards the idea of a pre-Messiah Jewish state, or, more commonly, fiercely opposed to it on religious grounds. Thus, they LIVE in the land because they believe that doing so fulfills a lofty ideal in Judaism, but they do not necessarily support the existence of the State.

    from the article: This year in Uman: Hasids don 'veils' en route to Rabbi Nachman's tomb
    First published 01:29 07.09.10 | Last updated 01:29 07.09.10
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