Of Cornerstones and Yeshivot

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This blog speaks extensively, almost exclusively, of the vital military aspects of armed struggle for Jewsih national liberation.  This bias is natural.  First of all, the author is a soldier.  When one is used to swinging hammers, it is natural to talk about problems that look like nails.  Secondly, without the military aspect there can be no victory.  Peaceful demonstrations, the waving of orange ribbons and tearful appeals to the nonexistent consciences of Israeli erev rav will not stop the pogroms and expulsions.  Peaceful measures will not end the avalanche of antisemitic atrocities daily perpetrated by the illegitimate Israeli occupation regime.  Gush Katif and Amona proved THAT.

But just because one has a hammer and hard won knowledge of how to swing it, one should not give in to the temptation of seeing every problem as a nail.  It is not enough to destroy.  In order to restore Jewish sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael after 2000 years of exile, one must also BUILD.  The fact of the matter is, in order to arm, feed, clothe and sustain a Jewish State in the modern world, it is necessary to have a basic package of skills.  Even to build a bare bones self-sufficient outpost it is necessary to have a package of basic practical skills.  One must have the skill to make a proper raised bed garden, the skill to cultivate it, the skill to know which crops to plant, how to rotate them, how to make compost, how to build walls and houses and irrigation systems, how to ensure proper sanitation, how to make weapons…  The larger the community grows, the more complex the set of skills needed to sustain it.  When the community is a fully independent modern state, the array of skills needed to build and maintain it is staggering.

And therein lies the problem.  The so-called “settlements” of Yosh are in reality nothing but helpless suburbs not only because they are not self sufficient and unfortified, not only because they depend for their “security” upon a foreign army of goyish pogromschik thugs and Israeli “police”, but also because their hapless residents lack the package of skills needed to run an independent Jewish State.   Chilonim and Israeli profiteers dominate not only the upper ranks of the Israeli army, but also the industrial and agricultural sectors.  The vast majority of dati leumi are middle class people with sedentary office jobs.  The hilltop youth, for the most part, are overgrown teenagers playing around instead of seriously trying to build a new country.

We should not feel insulted when this is pointed out to us.  This is the reality and it will not go away just because we are upset at the sight of it.  But if Medinat Yehudah is to arise, this reality must change.

Believe it or not, the road to Medinat Yehudah will begin in the study halls of a yeshiva.  It does not matter where this yeshiva will be located.  What matters is what it will teach.  For the goal of the rosh yeshiva and his assistants must not be merely to imbue their charges with Jewish patriotism and Torah, but also to give them the skills necessary to build, feed, arm and defend the Jewish communities of Eretz Yisrael, to make the Jewish People free for the first time in 2000 years despite the best efforts of the Israeli enemy to massacre us all and hand the Land over to the Moslems in exchange for bribes from American and European goyim.  It is not enough, therefore, for this yeshiva to teach the self-evident illegitimacy of the erev rav State and its pogromschik henchmen.  It is not enough even to teach that a new Torah State must be built to replace the illegitimate pile of manure excreted by the godless swine who oppress us.   It is not enough to foster a separate Jewish identity independent of and in opposition to our evil Israeli stepbrothers.  There must also be an emphasis on practical scientific and technical skills.

Building these skills in a yeshiva framework has a great many advantages.  First of all, yeshivot and ulpanot have populations of strong, young people full of energy and will for self-sacrifice in the name of a cause higher than themselves.  The youth do not have jobs to protect.  They do not have children to worry about feeding.  They do not own houses or apartments.  They are truly free agents.  Armed with enthusiasm, a few skills and some small resources, they can go forth and succeed where their old, timid, tired and confused parents have repeatedly failed.

Secondly, a yeshiva has a tremendous financial advantage.  As an educational institution, it can theoretically receive funds from the Israeli enemy even as it fights to defeat this enemy.  This is no cause for shame or accusations of hypocrisy.  It is good guerrilla practice to take resources from the enemy and use them to defeat him.

Thirdly, yeshiva and ulpana students can be easily isolated from the harmful influence of their mentally ill mamlachti parents and peers.  When their young minds are no longer bombarded non-stop by lunatic propaganda claiming that the Israeli State that beats their brothers and sisters with clubs is holy, they will need only a very little prodding to come to a healthy attitude toward the illegitimate Israeli Entity.  After all, what sane person can believe that the State that has for 20+ years beaten Jews with clubs, armed Amalek and handed pieces of the Land to genocidal Islamic goyim is interested in anything other than the extermination of the Jews in Eretz Yisrael?  Take away the mamlachti propaganda and sanity is restored in a week, just under the influence of a truthful dose of daily news.

Thus we can see the characteristics of the yeshivot and ulpanot that will serve as the cornerstones of Medinat Yehudah.   First of all, all the students will live on site.  Of course, they will be imbued with patriotism and Torah.  They will be eager to overthrow the rule of the erev rav and liberate their country from the Israeli oppressor.  Their teachers and rabbis will strive daily to reinforce the proper Jewish attitudes in their young hearts, so that even decades later the graduates will reflexively reach for the nearest weapon at the sight of an Israeli policeman, will never possess a shred of loyalty to the godless Israeli system that thirsts for our blood and can never view the IDF soldier as anything other than an illegitimate foreign occupier on Jewish soil.

Secondly, the yeshivot will pretend to be Israeli educational institutions, in some cases even hesder yeshivot, in order to receive funding from the Israeli ministry of education.  In proper guerrilla fashion, they will take every resource they can from the Israeli enemy even as they seek to annihilate this enemy, and they will be proud to do so.

Thirdly, the yeshivot will work to turn themselves into completely self-sufficient entities, true outposts that feed, arm and secure themselves, thereby producing graduates with practical experience of doing all three.

The first task of any startup yeshivah that moves toward this path will be to feed itself using the efforts of its own students.   The reason for this is twofold.  First of all, Medinat Yehudah will never get off the ground unless its communities are self-sufficient fortresses able to feed themselves and stockpile supplies with which to support the armies throughout the War of Independence.  But even more importantly, feeding yourself makes good financial sense.  Agricultural methods exist that enable one to produce large amounts of food in a very small space.   Once the yeshiva bochurim have mastered them, the yeshiva no longer has to buy 90% of the food it previously had to buy to feed them.  There is still need to buy meat and wine and fish for Shabbat, and maybe a little milk and some eggs, cheese, etc, to make food more interesting during the week, but all of these are ultimately luxuries.  Once your garden can provide you with a balanced diet, the funds previously spent to buy food are free to be used for something else.  This is true in a schoolhouse environment and even more true in the context of a hilltop outpost struggling to survive despite the best efforts of the Israeli enemy and his Islamic allies.

Therefore, each student must understand what a balanced diet consists of, how the necessary crops are grown and harvested, how the garden is built and maintained to ensure productivity and how the food is preserved for long term storage.  Upon graduation, each student must be able to build with his own two hands a garden capable of feeding at least himself and one other person.  This includes the ability to perform calculations for and construct a proper irrigation system that will neither waste valuable water nor weaken the crops through insufficient irrigation.  With this skill, when he leaves the gates of the yeshivah he will be equipped to feed his community.

This is not as easy as it sounds.  For example, there is zero assurance that access to modern hybrid seed will be available in the future.  These seeds tend to go bad very quickly, often after a single year.  The crops produced do not breed true.  Often the seeds they produce are sterile altogether.  In other cases, they are full of undesirable mutations.  Therefore, since one cannot produce one’s own seed from these modern crop varieties, one is forced to go back and buy more from the seed producer each year.  For standard commercial farmers, this is not a serious problem.  For struggling pioneers, this is a game-killer.  There is an almost 100% chance that isolated outposts will not be able to afford such luxuries.  Therefore, emphasis must be made upon open-pollinating so-called “heirloom” crop varieties.  Unlike the modern hybrids, these plants breed true.  With proper storage, the seeds last for years and even decades.  Ancient farmers bred these characteristics into their plants over millennia specifically because, until very recently, the number one purpose of agriculture was self-sufficiency on the scale of the individual village.  The slight loss in crop productivity is offset by the ability to preserve seeds for future plantings.  It is up to the yeshiva to experiment with crop varieties until the correct package of both summer and winter crops is established. It can afford such experimentation.  Outpost communities built by graduates will not have the money to do this.

The second set of practical skills the yeshiva must teach flow naturally from the first.  One must be able to BUILD.  Not just French bed gardens and irrigation systems, but whole towns from the ground up.  Each student must be proficient in at least one building trade, be it carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical wiring, or anything else.  He must be familiar with ALL the trades to the extent that, given a few basic tools and a small stock of materials, he is able to build his own home suitable for a proper settlement.  Even though the end result might not be too pretty, the RPG-proof walls must stand on their own, the firing slits must be properly positioned, the roof must not leak nor must the bulletproof parapet around it be unstable, the bunker in the basement must not fill up with ground water or threaten to collapse, and when the generator is hooked up to the wiring, it must not burst into flames or blow out the light bulbs .  The student must understand  the basic principles behind the design of buildings and fortress walls, plumbing and sewage systems, electrical distribution grids, etc.  There is no need for him to be a fully trained architect.  But, when necessary, he should be able to do a competent job designing everything a small, self-sufficient Jewish community might need to build on its own, from the composting toilets to the rainwater collection system, the houses, the tunnels, the bunkers, the guard towers and the perimeter wall.

Complicating the issue is the fact that Jewish communities will not have money to burn.  Much like the wall-and-watchtower settlements of yore, the average Jewish outpost of the future must be a combination of inexpensive prefabricated structures and locally available free materials, such as local stone and rammed earth.  Thus the basic designs and construction methods taught at the yeshiva will in many cases have to be developed there instead of borrowed wholesale from the Israeli construction industry.

The third set of vital skills that everyone should be taught is the art of making weapons.  At the very least, everyone must know enough to construct a simple friction fuse grenade, molotovs in both basic and improved versions, and a basic set of command detonated and victim-detonated IEDs.  The vast majority of students should know enough chemistry and engineering to make these weapons not only from prepared materials, but also from scratch, starting with hardware store chemicals and household appliances.  A subset of skilled and intelligent students must understand the principles of rocket construction and design.  A small proportion who show a talent for such work must be trained as gunsmiths.  Similarly, knowledge of general physics, chemistry and engineering should be developed in as many as possible so that students are able to solve new problems and develop or adapt new processes, for example the production of biodiesel from suitable oils.

The fourth set of skills that must be taught is the art of war.  Everyone in the yeshiva or ulpana must know how to use firearms and IEDs, how to fight hand to hand, how to conduct an ambush, how to steal a car, how to storm a building, and so forth.  In short, every student must understand how to plan and carry out basic guerrilla and conventional operations.  Every young man must graduate from Jewish educational institutions possessing all the skills of an infantryman and able to lead at least a squad into battle.  Every young woman must graduate as a competent support soldier able to organize a first aid station, cope with mass casualties, deploy and operate field telephone and radio systems and, of course, fight in self-defense when necessary.  Perversely, this is the easiest skill set of all to establish an instructional program for.  Much of the curriculum can be taught under the guise of preparing the students for service in the IDF.

The fifth set of skills is, in a way, the most vital of all.  It is the skill to GOVERN.  Graduates must understand the structure and function of the organs of basic Jewish government and the laws pertaining thereto.  They must understand how the Torah Republic differs from the rotten goyish system called “democracy”.  They must know and understand how to apply basic Halacha.  For example, not one in a thousand of our modern-day youth knows that Moslems are Bnei Amalek and not one in a thousand of those understands what this implies.  Ask the average young person in Yosh how a Jewish State is to be governed and you will get a blank stare, or some blather about Moshiach fixing everything with a Harry Potter magic wand, or some regurgitated Feiglinite crap about humanistic democracy.  Nobody understands that we are engaged in Milchemet Mizvah.  No one knows the stringencies and leniencies applicable to Jewish warriors under arms, such as the permission to eat unkosher food when kosher food is not readily and immediately available.  All of these things must no longer remain mysterious to our youth.  The best and brightest of them must be groomed from the very beginning to lead the creation and liberation of Jewish communities throughout the Land, to enforce Torah Law and establish Torah Courts without the need to call a Rav every five minutes for instructions on how to proceed, and so forth.  Ultimately, our objective must be the creation of a truly Jewish army – one where every officer, or at least every field grade officer, is required to have semicha.  The first step to making this a reality is to create a pool of young men potentially suitable for service as Jewish senior military officers.

The sixth set of skills that every student must possess on graduation are the skills to make a living in the modern world.  Only by establishing a modern economy can Medinat Yehudah become anything more than virtual reality.  We must be prepared to build everything we need with our own hands, from gardens and houses to tanks and fighter jets and nuclear missiles to spacecraft and ballistic missile submarines, to modern factories and research laboratories and power plants.  The capacity to operate a modern state implies a thorough communal mastery of all aspects of secular science and engineering.  Therefore, ultimately, the system of yeshivot that become the foundation of Medinat Yehudah must give their graduates a better scientific and technical education than that provided by Israel’s godless universities.

Another incentive to prepare the students for operating in a modern economy is simply financial.  To put it bluntly, funding from abroad cannot and will not replace underground taxation and front businesses as sources of revenue.  To collect taxes productively, one must have a productive tax base.  We will not have one unless we build it ourselves.

The above six sets of skills are necessary, but not sufficient to liberate our country and make it flourish.  Just as the six days of the week exist for the sake of Shabbat, so do the six categories of basic skills exist to enable the seventh “skill” – the capacity to create truly Jewish communities.  Only when there is a network of communities across the Land that live by the Holy Torah, recognize no authority except the authority of legitimate Jewish rulers and actively seek to link up and liberate the entire Land will Medinat Yehudah begin to step off the pages of blogs and pamphlets.  Only when these communities finally link up and squeeze out both the Israeli State and its Moslem henchmen will Medinat Yehudah become a fully fledged living reality.

Since the first step in creating a Jewish community is the creation of Jewish families, the rabbis who run the yeshivot and ulpanot that will create Medinat Yehudah must endeavor to ensure that no young man and no young woman leaves their gates without being married to a graduate of an institution that holds the same values and teaches the same skills and ideals.  From the first yeshiva, from the cornerstone of Medinat Yehudah, the graduates will spread like holy sparks.  They will fall upon the dry tinder that is the Jewish People in Eretz Yisrael, and they will set it aflame with the fire of liberty and justice.  And though the illegitimate Israeli State that usurps our Land will try its best to extinguish these holy sparks, it will never quench them all.  And so, in the end, the Israeli State will flee from the holy flame of Jewish national liberation, or else be consumed by it.  And Medinat Yehudah will be born.

Dear reader, now that you understand what a Jewish national education system will do, ask yourself, is your community yeshiva worthy of laying the cornerstone of the Jewish State?  And if it is not, what is it that YOU need to do in order to transform it into the institution that will change everything?  In this season of the giving of our Holy Torah, may our communities speedily awaken and may the day of liberation soon come.  Chag sameach.

5 Sivan, 5770

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One Response to “Of Cornerstones and Yeshivot”

  1. JEOD Says:

    The transformation of the dati world is happening. So too, in the charedi world.

    I myself, G-d willing, am financing a small-scale agriculture outreach farm based near the Tiberius. The point is to go “off-grid” as much as possible.

    Re: military, MBY will be taking over the IDF – no worries there. Sadly, it will take some significant destabilizing events first.

    As the Malbim on Zacharia says, at first the Jewish Army will join with Esav. Then, recognize their tragic mistake, the Jewish Army will fight for the true Jews.

    We just need the merit that MBY should live and not die.

    Achdut and guarding the brit according to halacha will merit his life.

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