The Zionist Conspiracy
Thursday, May 08, 2003
While they may not say hallel on Yom Haatzmaut, the charedim are becoming increasingly Zionist. A great example is that Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, head of Zaka (the charedi group that picks up body parts after terrorist bombings) lit a candle at the national Yom Haatzmaut ceremony and proclaimed Zaka to be doing its work "for the honor of the State of Israel." This is particularly significant because Meshi-Zahav is involved with the Eda Haredit and just a few years ago led demonstrations against the State of Israel.
Along these lines is a great column by Rabbi Berel Wein in Friday's Jerusalem Post, expressing gratitude for the State of Israel, and especially recognizing that more yeshivas exist in Israel today than since Talmudic times. He aptly stated that while the State is not perfect, it's an excellent work in progress.