23 July 2013

War on Another Front - Conclusion

17 Menachem Av 5773


Jeezus-worshipers are idolaters. No matter how well-intentioned, it is absolutely forbidden to bring them and settle them in Eretz Yisrael. Those who persist in these efforts will fail in the end because HKB"H will not allow it to succeed, but all of us will have to answer for which side we stood on while it was happening.


Ohr HaRa'ayon, Vol II, Ch. 20 - The Non-Jew in Eretz Yisrael

Eretz Yisrael is called that because it is the Land of Yisrael, the People of Israel. Whoever is not of the holy, chosen people of Israel has no portion in Eretz Yisrael.

...Eretz Yisrael was given by G-d as a vessel to house Israel so they could be separated from the abominations of the nations and from their alien culture, and so they would establish there a holy, pure and complete society and state according to G-d's mitzvot and under His Heavenly yoke.

...All this being so, would it occur to any sane person that a non-Jew should be given any opportunity to influence the land and the state?

...It is clear that there is an absolute prohibition on giving a non-Jew mastery over Eretz Yisrael, and that a non-Jew, whoever he may be, has an entirely different status from that of Israel, who are the owners of the Land, Eretz Yisrael. The non-Jew is nothing but an alien, a stranger, a temporary occupant, and not an owner. Only within well-defined principles and laws is it permissible for him to dwell in Eretz Yisrael, even as an alien and occupant.

...Every non-Jew is certainly prohibited from living in Eretz Yisrael unless he obeys definite restrictions, and this due to the influence his alien culture may have on the supreme, holy nation.

...If G-d demanded our separation from the nations, why allow non-Jews to live in the Land? The answer is that G-d wished to eradicate idolatry as much as possible, thereby sanctifying His name among the nations so that they would accept the yoke of His kingdom. If a non-Jew sincerely wishes to be a resident alien, to abandon idolatry and undertake the seven Noahide laws, thereby sanctifying G-d's name, better that he should do this and live in Eretz Yisrael than to live outside the Land as an idolater and profane G-d's name. Clearly, however, all this applies only if he accepts conditions and guaranteeing that he remain isolated from Israel, and ensuring his understanding that Eretz Yisrael is the exclusive land of the Jewish people and that he only has the right to reside there.

...we are allowed - not obligated - to let such a non-Jew live in Eretz Yisrael. If, for any reason, we fear danger or deception, then we are certainly permitted and required to forbid every non-Jew, even the resident alien, to live in the Land (after all, even converts were rejected during certain periods for certain reasons).

...Besides undertaking tribute and servitude, the non-Jew who is permitted to submit, must also cast off his idolatry and accept the seven Noahide laws. He is then what most poskim call a ger toshav, a resident alien. A non-Jew who worships idols is forbidden to live in Eretz Yisrael altogether, as it says, "Do not allow them to reside in your land, since they may then make you sin to Me. You may even end up worshiping their gods, and it will be a fatal trap to you." (Ex. 23:33)