How should we relate to Medinas Yisroel?
Judaism and Zionism are not the same thing! These שקרנים, these liars, are trying to get us involved. So they’re trying to say that all the Arab states and all the other states are enemies of the Jews. That’s a lie! So you’ll say, “But isn’t it true that the Arabs are enemies of the Jews?” It could be, but they’re not different than other gentiles. The fact that they are against the State of Israel is a political expediency that has nothing to do with us, the Am Yisroel. And therefore, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be drawn into this maelstrom of political hatred that the Zionists would like to have us committed to. They want us all to be committed to their fight, so that we should all be in the same boat, chas vesholom. We’ll all sink together. Nothing doing! Nothing doing! We’re a separate entity!
And the truth is, we’re more than separate. They’re against the Torah! They’re atheists! Golda Meir is an atheist. A man gave me a clipping this week. Golda Meir wrote a memoir. She wrote there that in 1917 she got married. So she said she doesn’t want to be married by a rabbi. She said that she’s a Socialist – she doesn’t want to have anything to do with Torah – and she refused. She had a long, drawn out fight with her mother in Milwaukee. Her mother said, “You’ll ruin me if you’ll just get married in City Hall.” But Golda Meir insisted. She didn’t want.
Finally, her mother said, “Look, just because of fifteen minutes under the chuppah that you don’t want to do, you are willing to ruin my name in Milwaukee?” So she consented. She was married by a rabbi.
These people are our enemies. They hate Judaism! Not that they are merely indifferent; they hate it. You know that when Sadat came to America, so they served him a kosher meal for Mohammedans. Mohammedans can’t eat everything, and so they served only a meal that a Mohammedan can eat. But when these people came, from the Knesses, they served shrimp! They served shrimp! So you see that these people don’t represent us.
So our connection with the irreligious Zionists is the same connection as our connection with the Christians. You must be polite to irreligious Jews, and try to win them over with kindliness. But you must know that they’re not ours. When the Torah says that a Jew is אחיך – “Your brother,” it means “your brother in mitzvos.” He’s only a brother if he’s אחיך במצוות – only the one who has the same commitment to מצוות as you have is your brother.
TAPE # 99 (November 1975)