Independence Day 5779 is a great opportunity to look at the attitudes of Hassidic Rabbis and their followers toward the modern State of Israel. After living for 71 years in this Jewish state, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox have a wide variety of opinions regarding the state of the country.
The Rozhin Dynasty of rabbis, which originated in Easter European countries, is now active in Israel and fully supports the return of Jews to the State of Israel based on their understanding of the Torah. Rozhin rabbis even support secular Zionist institutions. After the Declaration of Independence in 1948, Rabbi Yaakov Friedman, a leading rabbi of today’s Rozhin Hasidim, demanded his followers recognize the importance of the State of Israel. “It should be remembered that the establishment of the Jewish state, although immeasurable, is still not the promised redemption,” he said.
The Rozhin rabbis express their joy at the establishment of the State of Israel by chanting the complete Hallel Psalms (Psalms 113-118) and take part in Independence Day by wearing the Streimel, the celebratory fur head covering usually reserved for Shabbat...
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