Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shabbat vs Yishuv HaAretz, Settling The Land of Israel

According to Jewish Law, settling the Land of Israel, buying our HolyLand, takes precedence over Shabbat.

ENGLISH AFTER HEBREW

לאור האיום של הריסת מאחזים, הציבור נקרא להיות עירני
ולדווח על תזוזת כוחות חשודה.

בעניין שבת:
הרב דב ליאור, מרא דאתרא של קרית ארבע חברון,
מסר לפעילי ועדי הפעולה אפרת-גוש עציון-קרית ארבע חברון,
שאם מזהים בשבת תזוזת כוחות צבא ומשטרה ויש חשש שמדובר
בכוחות גירוש שבדרכם להרוס מאחזים,
אפשר להשתמש, בשבת, בטלפון כדי לדווח לרכזי הפעילים האזוריים –
ואלו יבדקו אם מדובר בכוחות גירוש ויוציאו הוראות בהתאם.

אנו תקווה שלא נצטרך להגיע למצב זה ושכוחות הבטחון יפעלו
תמיד נגד אויבי ישראל ולמען עם ישראל וארץ ישראל.

ועדי פעולה אפרת-גוש עציון-קרית ארבע חברון
לפרטים נדיה מטר 0505500834 יהודית קצובר 0507161818 מרים פליישמן 0524295557

In light of the threat of destruction of outposts,
the public is asked to stay alert and report any suspicious movement of troops.

About Shabbat:
Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba Hevron, told
the members of the Efrat-Gush etzion-Kiryat Arba
action committees that if one sees a movement of troops on Shabbat and there is a possibility that those troops are on their way to destroy outposts, one can use the phone, on Shabbat, to report about it to the known activists of the area and they will check what is going on and give instructions to the public accordingly.

May we never need to come to that point.
May our security forces always be used against the Arab enemy and in defense of the People of Israel and the land of Israel .

Shabbat Shalom

Efrat-Gush Etzion-Kiryat Arba Hevron Action Committees

For details: Nadia Matar 0505500834 Yehudit Katzover 0507161818 Miriam Fleishman 0524295557

This psak, rabbinic judgment/decision, reminds me of Oslo times, when the legally crucial stage of building the roofs on the houses in Shvut Rachel, was done on Shabbat. Shvut Rachel is just east of our livingroom windows. We've had a birds-eye view of the growth of the community from the trucking in of the very first caravans to the construction of the permanent homes. When it was feared that the army would stop the builders before the roofs were in place, we were instructed by our local rabbi, Rabbi Elchanan Bin Nun, to call on Shabbat if we saw any interference with the building. Baruch Hashem, nothing happened, and the houses were completed.

When we lived in Bayit V'Gan, Jerusalem, I had a friend whose father remembered his own father buying land on Shabbat. The Halacha, Jewish Law, is to sign and pay for our HolyLand even on Shabbat. It's forbidden to delay such an important Mitzvah.

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