Gimmel Tammuz: Remembering the Rebbe's Love of Israel
This special presentation of The Shleimus HaAretz Talk Show has been prepared in tribute to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to mark the anniversary of his death on Gimmel (3rd) Tammuz.
According to traditions, several thousand years ago the Jewish leader Yehoshua (Joshua) prayed on this date that the sun should neither set nor its light fade until the battle at Givon against the enemies of Israel would be won.
With each and every national crisis that occurs in the Land of Israel, what appears to have been the setting of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s sun is perhaps nowhere else more keenly felt.
It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that negotiations and every accord and agreement Israel signs and unconditionally fulfills conceding land and security leads to disaster for the Jewish People. In dismay and distress, Jews suffer terrorism and war, the kidnapping of their children and the murder of precious loved ones all on the altar of political and diplomatic considerations first.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe repeatedly cried out in pain and protest against the secret plans to return the miraculously won territories throughout Israel that were liberated in the Six Day War. It was the Rebbe who spoke over and over again against the signing of the Camp David Accords, knowing their implementation would spell disaster for all of the Jewish people. And it was the Rebbe who encouraged settlement throughout the Land, specifially in those places most disputed by international powers, as the only way to prove that we Jews believe in our G-d-given, eternal right to live there.
The second Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Dov Ber, once wrote that even when it seems the sun has set and gone away and we are left feeling alone, bereft and fearful of the night, the moon will always rise to reflect the sun’s reassuring light.
And may we, the Jewish People, who are compared to the moon rise to reflect the Rebbe’s sun and bring about an immediate reversal of the ways things have been done till now and may it coincide with the immediate coming of Moshiach and the Geula Shleima.