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July 26, 2015 4:19 pm

Unity is the Only Solution to Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism

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On this Ninth of Av, the parallels between the period preceding the ruin of the Temple and our current situation are alarming. Photo: Ariely via Wikimedia Commons.

On this Ninth of Av, the parallels between the period preceding the ruin of the ancient Temple and our current situation are alarming, says Rabbi Laitman.
Photo: Ariely via Wikimedia Commons.

While Israeli politicians are zigzagging between a unity government and mutual smearing, and while tycoons are scrambling to exploit the offshore gas troves, the rest of the Israelis must suppress their concerns over the implications of the nuclear deal with Iran. On this Ninth of Av, the parallels between the period preceding the ruin of the ancient Temple and our current situation are alarming.

The problem is that we have no time to play King of the Hill. The world is staring at us with menacing eyes and puts us on a drumhead court-martial. Few countries, if any, will shed a tear if the red button is pushed on us, but our leadership cannot turn the tide. Instead of installing unity in the nation, rather than trying to do so in the government, our politicians are busy bickering like children in a sandbox, oblivious to the danger before us.

The core problem is here, in our own murky relationships, and not between Israel and the Arabs, or the Iranians or the Americans. The latter are but symptoms of the key issue—the rift among us.

The basis of our nation is unity and brotherly love. As soon as we divert from this path and turn to mutual dislike, detrimental elements begin to surface, which then push us to regroup in shelters, reminding us that we’re a people. This is what happened during the Protective Edge campaign (in Gaza last summer) and during every campaign prior to it. But a minute after the danger has been lifted, we put on our intransigence once more and refuse to take preventive measures to avert the next blow by collaborating. Instead, we wait for Iran, Hamas or whomever to force us into unity.

The Ninth of Av is a special day, as it describes a period in our past when we had lost our spirit of togetherness. Today it seems that history is repeating itself, as Israeli society becomes increasingly fragmented into sects that accuse and fight one another. In the War of Independence, Jews burned food warehouses in Jerusalem and caused fellow Jews to go hungry during the siege on the city. Like then, the evil now is coming from within.

The only solution to antisemitism and anti-Zionism, which are justly interlinked, is the unity of the people of Israel. Political or diplomatic maneuvers cannot solve a thing. We have to find the strength and the sense of urgency to unite above all differences, as this is the only remedy that can raise Israeli society from its ruins.

We became a nation at the foot of Mt. Sinai once we had pledged to be as one man with one heart, united at the core of our souls. Today, in order to rebuild our national strength and vigor, we must rekindle that unity. And the sooner we begin, the better and easier it will be for all of us.

Michael Laitman is a Professor of Ontology, a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah, and an MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. He was the prime disciple of Kabbalist, Rav Baruch Ashlag (the RABASH). Prof. Laitman has written over 40 books, translated into dozens of languages; he is the founder and president of the ARI Institute, and a sought after speaker. He can be reached through

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  • Tim

    It is time for ALL members of Israel to begin working together. I am fully aware that most Israeli’s do not acknowledge that the Messiah was on earth, but this one scripture says it all.

    Matthew 12:25 . . .“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

  • Zsolt Hermann

    I fully agree.
    There is no other nation in the world where survival, prosperity is so directly interlinked with unity and mutual responsibility.

    But I think we can’t expect unity, “personality change” from politicians, community leaders they simply represent the disunited, fragmented community they grew out of.
    Unity, mutual responsibility has to be built “from below”, it is the responsibility of each and every Jew to make it their utmost priority.

    • jonathan

      agree. Politicians will do anything to protect their political seats. They win elections specifically by siding with one part of a divided people. And they will do and say things that make the whole world mad at Israel, as long as it helps them. Therefore keeping power means keeping people divided. Only if Jews will unite above all differences will politicians be forced to make decisions that are good for the people and good for Israel.

  • Yvonne Gordon

    22 years ago I experienced what Israel did leaving Egypt (ego) and the splitting of the red sea (it is within us): Here the upper and lower members of the soul split so the good can RISE above the ego and BE JOINED to all those above as well as the creator who is our LIGHT and next level of not only correction but CONNECTION. If we could join without this connection to the upper light we would no matter who we are: Abraham after all was not Israel and he found that upper light so it is for all who seek for it. I know it is supposed to be too late to reach it without unity among the brothers but the brothers all have to LOOK UP and CRY OUT for the creator to them them UNITY, help help help us should be the cry instead of trying to find that desire within us. It is NOT THERE. It is above and above is where we all must go and who ever goes UP is the true Israel.

    • jonathan

      i don’t know about ‘upper and lower members of the soul’, but it’s clear that if the people of Israel were united (which we definitely are not – only antisemites think Jews are united, and they think we’re united as in a conspiracy against the world) we would have everything to gain and nothing to lose.