Should I Fly to Vote in Israel?



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    Shifra Vepua

    Should I Fly to Vote in Israel?

    In 5748 (1988) a reporter close to Chabad wrote to the Rebbe about a plan of his: to fly in all Israeli citizens who live outside of Eretz Yisrael so that they can voice their opinion in the upcoming general elections, thus strengthening the parties who opposed giving away land to the enemies. By the Beis Moshiach Magazine • Full Article

    Beis Moshiach Magazine

    In 5748 (1988) a reporter close to Chabad wrote to the Rebbe about a plan of his: to fly in all Israeli citizens who live outside of Eretz Yisrael so that they can voice their opinion in the upcoming general elections, thus strengthening the parties who opposed giving away land to the enemies.

    The Rebbe negated this idea and wrote:

    – במחכ”ת – לפענ”ד [=במחילת כבוד תורתו – לפי עניות דעתי] מוטב שיתנו הממון לצדקה ומנקודה המעשית – תוצאות מבצע זה לא ישנו מאומה בההנהגה בארץ

    With all the respect due to his Torah-honor, in my humble opinion, it would be better off to give the money to Tzedakah. From a practical viewpoint, the results of such a campaign will not change a thing in the leadership of the country.

    ***

    At the end of the letter, the Rebbe added:

    לפענ”ד [=לפי עניות דעתי] – זה שחוזה קעמפ דייויד בא לפועל ובתרועת נצחון – ע”י [=על ידי] הנהלת מפלגת כו’, וכן: החזרת “סיני”, גירוש יהודים מימית וכו’ וכו’ לא “יוצא דופן” הוא אלא יציאה בדלת הראשית היא – כי נעשית מפלגה כרוב המפלגות

    In my humble opinion, the Camp David accords [in which a “peace treaty” was signed with Egypt] were implemented with a triumph of victory by the leadership of a certain party, as well as the returning of the Sinai Peninsula and the expulsion of Jews from Yamit [a Jewish town in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula] etc. etc.,

    [These tragic events] were not yotze dofen – an unusual event [for this party which previously held a strong stance against such treaties] rather a very much expected one – yetziah b’deles harashis.

    [The Rebbe used the term “yotze dofen” which is a common Hebrew term to describe something unusual. The term originally describes an unnatural birth by c-section when a baby is delivered by coming “out of the wall” of the womb. The Rebbe continued to coin an antonym for the term yotze dofen — “yetziah b’deles harashis” (“exiting through the front door”) to describe an unsurprising behavior.

    Because [this party] has become a party like most other ones.

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