WHEN ISRAEL BECOMES A JEWISH STATE

WHEN ISRAEL BECOMES A JEWISH STATE

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shallow my Midori melon builder time in Spartan Israel I haven't made a video for a while for a number of reasons a number of ideas that I've been entertaining and I wanted them to come clear in my mind before I express them to others I also went through one of the most terrible shocks of my life a
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three-year-old child died in a fire in our building on a Shabbat and had this building not been a poor building that was built to the specifications designated for the poor a child might not have died and I I was grief-stricken I I wasn't in
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a position to talk I still can't talk about what happened that day it's it's still that dramatic but I do want to talk about how to prevent things like that from happening again I've been hearing some very promising developments the Arab world is
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prepared to recognize the existence of the State of Israel and to come to grips with the fact that state is not going away and to make peace to enter into economic relations with us and to normalize relations and that is very very positive my concern is that that
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cooperation is going to be primarily economic and my concern about it being primarily economic is that when Jews get too involved in business it takes us away from our Center and ultimately it is not healthy I'd like to talk about what the State of Israel would look like
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if this were a genuinely Jewish state and some of you may may actually be surprised at what a a genuine Jewish state would look like because so much effort has been put into steering Jews away from our purpose in this world and parallel to that making the Gentile world look at us and say see see all the
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Jews want is money they tell us that without money will be swallowed by the Gentiles and then they tell the Jew that files look at the Jews all they want as money so let's talk about what a real Jewish state would look like first of all and this is the meta concept a Jewish state would be a refuge and a
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haven for the sensitive the vulnerable the meek the humble it would be a place where it would be safe for us to strip off the armor of our various defense mechanisms to be ourselves and to cultivate being meek and being humble
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without fear of thereby becoming victimized and preyed upon that's what I was hoping for when 37 years ago I think it is now I got on a plane and came here I was looking for a refuge from being a sophisticated New Yorker who know how to
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take care of herself I didn't find that so the first order of business for a real Jewish state is to be able to be humble and meek and for those traits to be valued and for them not to to put one in danger from predators in a Jewish
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state the banking system would not be a an interest-based banking system the rabbi's had no right to give what's called Hetty Oh ESCA the permission to do business to the banks meaning that they were allowed to take interest rabbis have no right to override God's law God's law is eternal
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it's true in every generation it's it's it's always current it's always contemporary and so our banking system would not loan on interest there would be investments and investments most certainly could bear interest because the banking system is supposed to be
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based on human interaction in which people positively invest their time their effort and in all ventures and that bears fruit quite naturally the banking system is supposed to work like that too so that's the first order of business that the banking system wouldn't not lend on interest there are
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private lenders there called gamma claim gemilut to Cassidy the giving of loving-kindness where their interest-free loans as should be but in a really Jewish state the banking system would not lend on interest second those those commodities which are necessities for life would not be able
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to be sold for more than one-sixth above cost that's Jewish law now of course in modern times we would have to sit and deliberate about what we presume to be the necessities of life different people have different diets but we know that we all need clothing we all need housing it could be deliberated how much space how much clothing what food items and to
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be fair some food items in Israel are subsidized that are considered the the basic basket of goods some don't have any taxes put on them but in in a Jewish economy it would be decided what the basics of life are and no more than 1/6 profit would be taken on that we would
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have a democracy in a Jewish state it would be a very different kind of democracy than exists now communities would suggest who they would like to be their representatives based on familiarity with people as members of the community who have proven themselves to be exemplars of morality within the
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community and have gone above and beyond the basics of what is required to serve their communities out of love people who the community trusts people who the community knows personally and those people would become representatives whether they liked it or not in other words there would be a a draft for people to become
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representatives of the community there would be no politicians who suggested themselves as leaders people would have to choose someone now experience has taught me that the very people who most need to be our representatives are those who are least desiring of that position I tend to be humble people so they would have to be drafted if they didn't want to serve because they would do the job
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really well and there wouldn't be a prime minister there would be what we call in Hebrew a moisha it would be a council would be a wise council who would confer one with the other and make decisions now for various reasons they they among themselves may choose a particular representative who has particular talents to represent us to
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other governments in certain areas this one's very good at economics this one's very good at technology this one is very good I don't know this one knows maritime law I don't know what and the best person for any particular representation would be chosen but the moyu and I would consider a Weisman Whiteside to be different numbers of
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people for different decisions there might be three for some decisions by for some decisions 7 for some decisions 13 for some decisions by the way the Supreme Court works very much on that system we'll get to what the court system would look like in a moment but this is the way the government would run in a really Jewish state the courts the judges too would be chosen by the
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community not one by the other you know friend brings a friend kind of a thing the judges would be chosen by their communities based on their sterling moral acumen moral performance intellectual ability ability to analyze and they would be the judges of it the judges wouldn't fit in their own community because they might there might
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be some doubt about whether or not there would be some kind of tendency to favor people or or to be inhibited by the fact that these people know you and so forth and so on so we could switch communities and like people from the Negev would send their judges up the north and the north would send their judges down to Tel Aviv and and and around and around that way but everyone who was chosen as a judge would be someone who their own
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community people who know them live with them see how they perform as members of the community would have chosen they would not have there would be no lawyers in Israel does that surprise you the Talmud states very clearly that being a lawyer is not an admirable respectable profession and I agree with
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that so judges would not have once been lawyers and there would be no lawyers the talmud calls lawyers ok Hidayah mean today they're called oh hey Dean but originally they're called ok hidayah mean in other words those who set up and edit the way the judges might make a decision in other words manipulators and judges are advised not to behave
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like the ole heya diamine don't judge people according to cleverness but according to righteousness so there would be no lawyers there might be advisors there might be some kind of like in rabbinical courts they have sort of like coaches that might be necessary um but not a lawyer profession there wouldn't be a whole core purpose of lawyers that that would be out we would
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have to have a very serious and deep review of Jewish law it is not acceptable that the State of Israel has pell-mell and willy-nilly taken on laws from the Ottoman Empire from America for Britain and put them together and Jewish law itself was completely neglected some have said that they did that because the
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Jewish people didn't want to be ruled by Jewish law well we were never asked I had I been asked what I would have said to them is I recognize the fact that Jewish law such as it got frozen sometime in the Middle Ages cannot be immediately applicable however some laws are universals and they are immediately applicable so let's
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use them and let's review the other laws so that we can bring them up to modern needs and modern standards and apply them appropriately to our times let's look at the spirit of morality in which those laws were formulated to know how to adapt them and to know we
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might have to archive some of them and not use them they wouldn't be stricken off the books they would be archived for historical reasons and who knows maybe someday something will arise and we can look at those old laws and see the thinking the moral discussions that went into them and decide whether or not they can can be updated I realized that that
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would be a monumental undertaking I think that the Jewish people as a whole should be involved in that process anything that is put in the hands of a small group of people who work in closed chambers is dangerous there are enough of us in the general community who are familiar with Jewish law that we would be able to have some input each to their
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own ability and accomplishments and having that the benefit of life experience and and good intentions and so forth and so on we could all make a contribution to that now that kind of a monumental undertaking mmm would of course require that we had the repose to be able to have free time to do that and
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so to that purpose I see the increased used use of artificial intelligence as something very positive but again that has to be watched we have to ask ourselves what kinds of investments do are we making I know that there's going to be a huge technological food revolution I have not gotten solid answers about what that means in terms
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of healthy organic hydroponic or aeroponic planting I don't know whether or not they mean the use of more advanced chemicals and so forth if so then those are not wise investments I I think that it should become clear to the listener that there is a difference between Jewish wisdom
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and Jewish cleverness and Jewish wisdom must always take precedence because the cleverness exists the know-how exists question is whether or not we have developed ourselves morally to use that [Music] to use those abilities wisely and well for everyone not just for Israel for everyone because we're very definitely going to be developing much more of an
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international market more than ever before and wisdom foresight being able to see the pitfalls is going to be of the essence because as the technology advances it gives us more freedom potentially but it can also lock us down and make us more dependent upon it on the other and there must always be an
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out that must always be no matter how highly evolved technologically the food production becomes it must always be possible for us to grow a tomato if we have to buy and the old-fashioned way [Music] some have said that Israeli hutzpah is a very very good thing for business
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I opened up my discussion of what a Jewish state would look like by saying that most comprehensively this would be a society of refuge and protection of those who have devoted their lives to the development of meekness and humility
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hutzpah has historically not been viewed by Jews as a desirable trait what is a desirable trait is having the courage to fight for justice that yes but being cuts verdict has historically been looked at as you know being oppressed imagine being how do you say in English
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you know like a like a rough and tough kind of lowlife kind of a character the opposite of being culture and you know and it is not our way to culture hutzpah it is our way to culture humility and meekness to seek wisdom more than
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know-how and to champion the widow and the orphan the old person the infirm all of those who need our protection most these things do not go out of style as in judgment where there isn't allowed to be what's called muscle Ponemah which means looking at what a person stature is and recognizing their stature in the
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decisions but to judge everyone fairly on unequal ground so on the sociological level there has to be there are benefits that are given to the widows of service men and they are me and and the police and so forth and so on that are not afforded to ordinary widows this is not a Jewish idea what would the soldier be
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without the person who worked in the factory who made their shoes what would the policeman be weren't not for the the former and his wife who works next to him in the field and so if God forbid a woman who's was a farmer's wife or wizard a shoemakers wife or a tailor's wife maybe these are old professions but you understand what I mean if such a
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woman becomes a a widow it is absolutely forbidden to give her second status or or or less protection sociological protection then the wives of people in the armed services this is simply not a Jewish idea and finally I would like to see Israel have an army the way a country like Iceland might have an army
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art I don't know Denmark to have it but not need it and according to our holy Torah the age of of the draft is 20 not 18 and there shouldn't be a draft at all we should be in a peaceful society in which people volunteer just to do basic guarding
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should there be need but certainly not from the age of 18 there's a big difference between an 18 year old and a 20 year old at that age people are developing so quickly that those two years really are critical and that is the way if Israel were a Jewish state it would look and please dear God we will
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grow into that it's very very important that we not allow the excitement over the new economic age that's coming in to lead us away from our core values Jewish morality is eternal we'll never ever go out of style it will never ever be overwritten by any technology it will never be overwritten by any other law
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system or set of sociological circumstances and we have to come to a very mature and clear-headed emotionally balanced approach to retaining Jewish law even as we usher in a new technology needless to say it is central Jewish law that anything that is not only known to
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be dangerous but even potentially dangerous physically is forbidden if it is determined and by scientists that the public trust that 5g is in fact a very dangerous and can cause widespread harm then certainly the argument that we have to roll it out because others are rolling it out and we have to keep up with the Joneses
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it simply holds no no water the sabbatical years have to be observed in accordance with God's law no rabbi has the right to declare Pro School and say that lenders can continue to lend on sabbatical years no human has the right
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to make that decision and the fact that that decision was taken has caused incalculable pain and destruction and poverty and misery there is no place for pros bull in the world and we have to go back to the old-fashioned way of keeping
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this medical year we should grow our own produce hydroponically and aeroponically or maybe using other technologies that are Holika electrically allowed during the sabbatical years and we have to nullify all debts that means that no debts are involved with interest at all under any circumstances and so we're not talking
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about the principal and and the interest we're talking about the entire debt gets wiped out during the sabbatical year that's right that's what God said and God knows better than you rabbis what's best for us the State of Israel is more than 50 years old and that means that a jubilee year occurred in the time in which the State
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of Israel has existed and there was no celebration of it whatsoever since we don't know exactly when the Jubilee year is let's just willy-nilly say it's the next sabbatical year and that's it why not we have to scour our holy texts
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carefully to determine how land ownership should best be divided in keeping with Hashem swill but it is absolutely necessary that the people who live in Israel have a piece of land a real holding an actual holding not that
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we can lease it from and and you know no Torah says that those who sit in the Land of Israel have a piece of land an actual piece of land and that is the way it must be there has to be a very very deep discussion about how that will be find it how that will be brought about
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these are not simple matters I don't want to even proffer a suggestion about how it should be it is not simple how this would be for Jews how it would be for for toast ravine the Book of Ruth tells us exactly how it comes about for converts we need to sit down and have a very very serious discussion everyone
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who is considered in Azeroth in Israel that comes with a real piece of land a real holding Torah is not a book of spirituality it is a book of actuality and actuality means that you have an actual piece of land on your name we have to have hurried a serious discussion about that and that's got to be done because the current way of doing it is absolutely it it's a recipe for
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poverty zation and i think it was intended to be torah is a recipe for enrichment and that is the way it must be I should like to end this video with an anecdote which I think describes perfectly what the real Jewish approach to money is the gone from Vilna was the
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[Music] recognized genius of his generation he owned a grocery store and it is said of him that every day except of caution Bhat he would go to his grocery store and open it up and keep it open until he had made just enough money for what he needed for that day
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and then he would close up shop and he would go home and learn that's a Jew that is the the model that we must all internalize and emulate and embody the real Jewish approach to money has always been neither to come to
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what's called a open Roth which is the the the humiliation of hunger in Jewish tradition poverty is considered a Lycan to to death it's like a living death and so we Jews don't not intentionally in poverty and impoverish ourselves and certainly not others but on the other hand neither do we ever allow
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involvement in business to take one minute away from our Torah learning and from giving of our time to to people who need it to our loved ones it is not the Jewish way to either be so poor that we cannot live in a dignified way as Jews nor be so rich that we cannot live in a
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dignified way as Jews thank you for listening Brock Holt blessings blessings of peace blessings of prosperity blessings of abundance blessings of the freedom to actualize the gifts that God has given us

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