Chabad Messianists Threaten Olmert Over Hebron: “All those who harm the Land of Israel declare war on God and his commands, and face the consequences.”

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Three leading Chabad messianists have sent Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a letter warning of dire consequences if Olmert forces Jews who are squatting in Arab-owned storefronts in Hebron to leave. "All those who harm the Land of Israel declare war on God and his commands, and face the consequences," the rabbis wrote, saying that Olmert will face "a personal catastrophe" if he continues with the evacuation. The rabbis "warn" Olmert of Ariel Sharon’s "fate" after Sharon  "destroyed Gush Katif and northern Samaria."

The leader of this group is Rabbi Sholom DovBer Wolpe, the leading theologian of Chabad messianism. He is the rabbi who compared Disengagement from Gaza with the Holocaust and is planning to open a "Yad Vashem"-style "Holocaust" museum to mark the "tragedy." The Other members of the triad are Rabbis Gedalia Axelrod*, a Chabad rabbi who is a former rabbinical court judge in Haifa, and Yekutiel Rapp. Rapp and Wolpe are members of SOS Israel, a group opposing Disengagement and advocating resistance to thwart it.

They represent the dominant Chabad faction in Israel and perhaps the world. And that should worry us all.

* Rabbi Axelrod wrote in Ha’aretz, Thursday, January 15, 1998, 3 1/2 years after the Rebbe’s death:

I read the article by David Berger – "On false Messianism, idolatry and Lubavitch," Ha’aretz, Jan.11) in which I was attacked together with other rabbis of cities and heads of rabbinical courts in Israel and abroad, for signing a formal rabbinical ruling stating that the Lubavitcher Rebbe has the
status of a prophet, and that he is the Messiah, and that every Jew must accept the sovereignty of his Messiahship
, by dint of the Jewish law which obligates all Jews to obey a prophet. The writer of the article went so far as to proclaim that "this declaration alone is sufficient to exclude its promulgators from Orthodox Judaism."In his article, Berger makes an hysterical attack on the entire Lubavitch movement. First, I would like to make one thing absolutely clear to David Berger and to everyone else. There is no halachic dispensation that will enable anyone to evade accepting the yoke of the belief in the Rebbe’s Messiahship, because of Maimonides’ ruling that obligates all Jews to do so.

Ha’aretz, Thursday, January 15, 1998

The Prophet of God

No one can ‘evade the yoke of the belief in the Lubavitcher
Rebbe’s Messiahship’, writes Gedalyahu Axelrod

By Gedalyahu Axelrod

I read the article by David Berger – "On false Messianism,
idolatry and Lubavitch," Ha’aretz, Jan.11) in which I was
attacked together with other rabbis of cities and heads of
rabbinical courts in Israel and abroad, for signing a formal
rabbinical ruling stating that the Lubavitcher Rebbe has the
status of a prophet, and that he is the Messiah, and that every
Jew must accept the sovereignty of his Messiahship, by dint of
the Jewish law which obligates all Jews to obey a prophet. The
writer of the article went so far as to proclaim that "this
declaration alone is sufficient to exclude its promulgators from
Orthodox Judaism."In his article, Berger makes an hysterical
attack on the entire Lubavitch movement. First, I would like to
make one thing absolutely clear to David Berger and to everyone
else. There is no halachic dispensation that will enable anyone
to evade accepting the yoke of the belief in the Rebbe’s
Messiahship, because of Maimonides’ ruling that obligates all
Jews to do so. That may be the reason why he is so angry,
because – as far as I can see – he has no inclination to do so,
and he is using this furious outburst to try to escape his
obligations.

Maimonides, in his Hilchot Yesodei Hatorah [Laws of the
Foundations of the Torah], Chapter 10, determines the criteria
for a great and wise prophet: that he "has broad knowledge," "is
in full control of himself," "predicts the future," and most
important, that he declares that the Lord sent him to be a
prophet. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, in session with thousands of his
followers, dropped a spiritual and historic bombshell by
declaring himself the prophet of the generation.

We Jews, throughout all generations, have been willing to enter
blazing furnaces for our faith. We will remain strong in this
mission as well. We will accept the prophet of God, the
sovereignty of the Rebbe, Messiah the King, because we are thus
obliged by virtue of our Judaism. Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, one
of the greatest rabbis in the United States, published an open
letter in the American press on June 24, 1996, in which he
attacked those who persecute Chabad, such as the likes of
Berger, and determined that belief in the Rebbe as King Messiah,
even today after his passing from our vision, does not conflict
with the views of Judaism.

As for the ability of the Rebbe to see into the future, let me
mention just two prophecies. One was during the Gulf War, when
the Rebbe said that it would be unnecessary to wear gas masks
because no chemical weapons would be used; and the second, when
he told Benjamin Netanyahu, during Netanyahu’s visit with him
before his election to the Knesset, that in the future he would
have to contend with 119 people. The only confrontation of this
type would be in elections for prime minister, when each member
of Knesset pulls in a different direction.

I would like to address the claim of idolatry – Heaven forbid –
raised in the article. I can only marvel at the way people are
willing to destroy a movement known all over the world for its
staunch devotion to the observance of commandments and to
bringing Jews closer to their Judaism. And those who are even
more familiar with Lubavitch, know just how pure and sublime it
is. True, there have been some anomalous comments which should
not have been made, but these exceptions are being taken care of
by Chabad rabbis everywhere by means of education and guidance,
so that those who made them do not deviate from the path of
halacha. I believe that David Berger must beg the forgiveness of
the tens of thousands of followers of Lubavitch who proudly
carry high the torch of Judaism, and who are not deterred by
those who would destroy it from the day of its foundation.

(Rabbi Axelrod is the head of a rabbinical court in Haifa.)

(c) copyright 1997 Ha’aretz. All Rights Reserved

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9 responses to “Chabad Messianists Threaten Olmert Over Hebron: “All those who harm the Land of Israel declare war on God and his commands, and face the consequences.”

  1. ma rabbi

    I am glad that Rabbi Wolpe sent that letter to Olmert. Bad enough that the Jews were expelled from Gush Katif. To expell them from Chevron is adding insult to injury
    Chevron was promised by G-d to the Jewish people as an everlasting inheritence I was in Chevron on Jan.1,and saw the plaque and picture of baby Shalhevet Pass. May Hashem avenge her blood.To throw the Jews out of there is giving a victory to the Arab sniper who murdered her. Olmert and Mofaz must stop this madness.

  2. dover eimes bilvovoy

    these are no rabbis

  3. ma rabbi

    To Mr. “Dover”
    Aside from your dislike of Chabad, why dont you address the real issue here and tell us how you feel about Jews expelling other Jews from Chevron.

  4. By the grace of G-d
    Shalom everyone!
    Yashar Koach (More power) to Rabbi Wolpo and others who are not afraid to speak up against the evil goverment whose anti-Torah and anti common sense actions are hurting the Jews in Eretz Yisroel and worldwide.
    May we all merit to see the true and complete redemption with the fulfillment of the prayers of Jews for over 2000 yesrs.
    Yechi haMelech haMoshiach!

  5. Ben Kasus

    ” Jews who are squatting in Arab-owned storefronts in Hebron to leave.”

    News flash Quisling. That land does belong to Jews and the Supreme Court even said so. They just think that taking over land you own from squatters is so unjust so they seize your land and give it to them themselves.

    Your like the pig. You hold out your cloven hoof to show your kosher but when you speak its obvious there is nothing but treif and all sorts of garbage spewing out.

  6. dover eimes bilvovoy

    To Mr. “Dover” why dont you address the real issue here and tell us how you feel about Jews expelling other Jews from Chevron. Posted by: ma rabbi

    the real issue here is the rule of law . i know , 1927 , i know shalhevet pass z’l .
    I know they are wicked and we are good .
    this is no licence to behave ourselves as thugs .
    the kb’h blessed us “ammo basholom” , it was to Eissav that the blessing was given ‘al charbeikho tichyei .
    no way you will convince me that thuggery = ohola shel thora .
    that’s chillul hashem !
    but if we want to run a state in this day and age , we cannot behave like each and every one of us is directly commanded from heaven to wreck havock against the government .
    like we trust our life to a doctor , we trust politics in the hand of the elected politicians . anybody disturbing the government is ocheir yisroel .
    the government of israel is entitled to a l l the blessings of the oysek betzorchei tzibbur beemuno .
    and it is against those that chal aleyhem deen roydef , not the otherway around !
    as to me disliking chabad , dislike is not a correct description . not only they do not share my religious beliefs , but with their alien religion and free cholent , they are out to destroy kol chelka tova in judaism . this is no different than the introduction of the pauline creed .
    except that the paulines converted the gentiles . these meenim are uprooting the plants of israel . not funny at all .

  7. dover eimes bilvovoy

    as to u reuben ,
    al titchaber larashaa

  8. ma rabbi

    To Mr. “Dover”
    I too am against violence towards Israeli soldiers. There is no debate on that.
    The issue here is the actions of Olmert and Mofaz of expelling Jews from their land in Chevron.
    Your analogy comparing the Israeli Govt. to a doctor is incorrect. The Torah tells us “vehorapo yerapay” that we must listen to a competent doctor in medical matters.
    The Torah does not say that we must honor a Govt. of wicked and cruel people who wish to expell thier own brothers from land promised by Hashem.

  9. dover eimes bilvovoy

    r’ ma rabbi ,
    a Govt. of wicked and cruel people ?!
    venossi beamkho lo soor .
    I never said that the govt is made of Doctors . But , as we trust Dr’s in health matters , security is the realm of the police and the generals , and as to government , “heve doyresh bishlom hamolkhus” other wise , ish et ochiv chayim bela oo ! this exhortion was done for the romans , our government is worse than the romans ? It’s rather shameful to express such opinions .
    In addition , nobody is expelling law abiding people . It’s an evacuation of 8 families who went to grab homes not theirs without coordinating with the security and government authorities.
    So hashem gave us the land , did he say house ploni lifloni ? at the cost of endangering his fellow jewish soldiers ?
    all this talk is divisive slander !
    A shunde !

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