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Psak 5766 Shevat 5

Informal translation from Hebrew of the 5 Shevat, 5766 (3 February, 2006) statement:

Special Court for Matters Concerning the Nation and the State
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Email: 47 Rachel Imeinu St. Jerusalem 93228

Concerning the community of Amona


To the Residents of Amona - and to fighters for the Land of Israel Be Strong and of Good Courage! To the residents of Amona, whom are fulfilling the commandment of settling the Land of Israel with self sacrifice, and to all who climb the mountain to help G-d against the mighty (see Judges 5:23) - a blessing of strength and courage!

Facing the pogram arraigned against you by a government run by those who raise their hand against the Torah of Moshe, we have come to strengthen your hands. Our sages in Mekhilta (Exodus, Yitro, 6) were referring to you when they said, "Those who love and guard my commandments, - this is Israel who reside in the Land of Israel and offer their very souls to fulfill the commandment. What is it to you to be killed? ... What is to you to be burned? ... What is it to be whipped? - For fulfilling the commandments of HaShem!" The forces of police and destroyers that swept down on the community, surprising it by beating children, women and men, trampling them under their horses' hoofs and clubbing them with batons in their hands, and destroying their homes to its foundation - each one of the thousands of soldiers and police - have committed a grave sin, and you, those who gave your soul are called lovers of HaShem. This government, which spills the blood of Jews that cling to the Torah of HaShem in the Land of their forefathers, hasn't any right to exist.

The place on which you stand upon is Holy Ground! The Jewish Tradition teaches that this place was given to Abraham, the father of this Holy Israeli Nation, as it is written (Genesis 13): "Raise up your eyes and see the place from the north to the south to the east and to the west ... Rise up and go through the land's length and breadth, for I give it to you." He that would come to uproot you from this place also comes to uproot the commandment of HaShem to inherit the Land and settle it and other related commandments of the Torah of Moshe.

The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is a great Mitswah, commandment, of the Torah, that we were commanded to fulfill through Mesirath Nephesh, the offering of our very soul. Happy (fulfilled) are you, and happy are all those that came to your aid, and offered their very being to prevent the destruction of the communities' homes through the force of arms. Our sages have already stated (Shabbat 130a,): "Every mitsvah that Israel offered her being towards its fulfill ... will be fulfilled through their hands." In the merit of your mesirath nephesh even Amona will be built up and blossom along with all the settlements of the Land of Israel throughout her borders.


Those who struggle for the wholeness of the Land, don't let your hearts falter! Do not fear and falter before the soldiers and police who beat with staves! Do not fear from the neighing of the police horses! Do not fear the "judges" who sit on lofty chairs whose decisions defy the Torah! Opposite the rulers who declare to uproot the Jews and their communities, and o uproot the Torah of Israel and her commandments - Arise and go out, to the help of HaShem against the mighty men! For in the end, the Torah of Israel will be victorious!

To the rulers and their agents that have declared war on the Nation of Israel, on the Torah of Israel and on the Land of Israel, it is said, "Those depend on chariots, and those on horses, but we call forth in the Name of HaShem, our G-d. They are bowed down and fallen, but we are uplifted and made to stand upright. HaShem saves, the King answers on the day we call." "Let us go up and inherit it, for we are well able to overcome it."

It is signed: Chief Justice R' Yisrael Ariel
Justice R' Yoel Schwartz
Justice R' Dov Meir Stein
Justice R' Dov Abraham Ben-Shorr
Justice R' Hillel Weiss
Justice R' Eleazor Seigel
Justice R' Yisai Bavad

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