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Was the State of Israel Born in Sin?

See the pdf file “Was the State of Israel Born in Sin” and answer these questions on your blog

https://shiurcentral.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/was-the-state-of-israel-born-in-sin.pdf

  1. What does the first source mean when it says that someone who lives outside of Israel is as if he does not have a G-d?
  2. Why was R. Zera hesitant to be seen by R. Yehuda? What was R. Yehuda’s belief about returning to Israel from Bavel?
  3. In Source #2, what does the Satmar Rebbe say about the “Zionist State”? Positive or Negative? What is his reasoning? How could someone else respond to his idea? The three oaths being referred to (from source 1) include that the Jews would not return “as one” to Eretz Yisrael
  4. What is the Ramban’s view on the mitzvah of living in Israel? Explain his view? Is it a mitzvah for all time or only at one period in Jewish history?
  5. In source 4, what does the commentary “Megilat Esther” say about the mitzvah of dwelling in Israel? Does he agree or disagree with Ramban?
  6. Jump to source 11 at the bottom of the document – what arguments does Rabbi Bleich present in favor of living in Israel – why would the “three oaths” not apply today?
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Homework Assignment: Building the State of Israel

THE FIRST FIVE  QUESTIONS RELATE TO THE FIRST FILM; THE LAST QUESTION AND BULLET POINTS RELATE TO THE SECOND FILM

ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS ON YOUR GEMARA STUDENT BLOG

Who is Suzy Eban, who speaks in film #1? What was the role of her husband in the events of the late 1940’s in Israel?

What was the Balfour Declaration mentioned in the first film?
When the UN finally took its vote what was the final score of countries who voted for or against a Jewish state?
At the end of the film, Yehuda Avner says, regarding the British soldier, “now, we were all friends!” What role did the British government (mandate) have in Israel in the 1940’s, and how was that role going to change with the UN vote?
Where is there a hint in the film that many Jews, both in and outside of Israel, saw what was happening as a sign of “redemption” and leading up to the coming of the Mashiach?
There were a number of people, including several Americans, one South African and one British Jew who were interviewed in the second film.
  • Pick one of those people. and
  • summarize what he or she says in the different interview excerpts in the film
  • explain what you learned from this person’s approach to being involved in the founding of the State of Israel.