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Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum

A lecture, or rather a WARNING, delivered at a large meeting of American Orthodox Rabbis in Brooklyn, NY in 1961 by Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum (1890-1979)

Pages 216-217

Due to our many sins we see today that there is fear of public opinion, and this is a tremendous test and a misfortune both spiritually and physically. We should open our eyes and should not pay attention to the forces of impurity of the Evil Inclination. There is no doubt that the death of the six million Jews was due to the concept of having a State! Apart from the punishment itself this was a certain fact, and can be verified in many books. I do not want to speak too much on issues related to politics, but every person knows this. I can remember that some fifty or sixty years ago our greatest rabbis of the generation said it would take a miracle for a catastrophe to occur because of the Zionists, and the slander they said to the non-Jews. It has been verified that those types of slander led to the catastrophe, coming from as far back as the impure originator of Zionism himself (Theodor Herzl) who wrote slanderous things in his book that he called Der Judenstadt. It is unnecessary to retell a number of events that have been verified, and in Hungary in a court case it was also verified.

The Zionists and their actions are responsible for the fate of the Moroccan Jews, whose voices still cry out to us today. Many letters have been written about the fact that their lives could have been good in their country of origin, a merciful country, however the Zionists are always stirring up trouble and placing the Jews in terrible danger. The Torah says that we must not ignore the blood of our brother! And yet people are silent! Even in the United States the Zionists struggle to bring about anti-semitism, just as they did in Europe. We need tremendous mercy from G-d to prevent them from succeeding, because with their slander and arrogance they could bring it about. If a person looks closely he can see this.

I said I do not want to go into political issues, and there is nothing to say about talk about. If there were not any heretical movements in the United States because they would have already assimilated, but Zionism is the source of ongoing heresy, it’s a factory of heresy, and this is a fact that no one can deny, for tens and hundreds of thousands of people, who the Zionists worked tirelessly to bring into utter heresy. Everyone knows this, and yet it is tolerated, accepted, and it is raised up in the air! Due to our many sins the leaders should be shouting out against the abomination against G-d, against this true form of heresy! Instead they support it and raise it high! They give it power and strength!

The danger for the Jewish People is because those who are irreligious and who are heretics are the leaders of the Jewish People. Therefore because of them the nations of the world are misled into hating Jews, so one of the greatest things to do would be to selflessly proclaim to the nations that the Zionists are not the representatives of the Jewish People, and that religious Jews have no connection with them. We should have had self-sacrifice to do this, but because of our many sins, people are frightened of public opinion, and if anyone should say these things about the Zionists, there will be religious leaders who will fight against them with all sorts of excuses.

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