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Dr. Haim Shine

Fulfilling Zionism's noble purpose

There is an exciting dimension at every Jewish wedding. The establishment of a new home ensures the continuity of the generations and represents unequivocal proof that the people of Israel are alive and well and that no power on earth will extinguish the eternal flame of Israel's infinite existence. Everyone who shares in the joy of a bride and groom is participating in the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the eternal united city that will never be forgotten or abandoned.

Last week, I attended a particularly joyous and exciting wedding. The groom was born in Tel Aviv and was a Golani Brigade soldier who was seriously wounded during the Second Lebanon War. The bride was from the Karnei Shomron settlement. The groom's supreme optimism, which he discovered while recovering at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, swept everyone with a powerful spirit.

For a long hour, two circles of dancers moved around the groom. The inner circle contained friends from the Ma'aleh Eliahu yeshiva in Tel Aviv and the army, including the Golani Brigade's kippah-wearing deputy commander. The outer circle was an older crowd from Karnei Shomron.

The Ma'aleh Eliahu yeshiva students have given themselves the task of non-coercively trying to change the hedonistic nature of Tel Aviv. The first Hebrew city, which was once home to devout haredim and ideological secularists, has changed. The haredim left Tel Aviv and the city has become a bastion of secularism. The goal of the yeshiva students is to return Tel Aviv to its days of yore.

Young women with covered heads and children with prayer shawl fringes flying in the breeze add a special Jewish character to the city. At the yeshiva's initiative, dozens, if not hundreds, of meetings have been held in Tel Aviv in which members of the general public who want to connect to Judaism take part in Torah lessons. The struggle for the character of the State of Israel will be decided in Tel Aviv.

The circle of guests from Karnei Shomron danced slower than the inner circle. Most of the members of this outer circle are no longer young. Several decades ago, they answered the call to settle the land of Israel and made their lives on the hills of Judea and Samaria. Thanks to them, a barren piece of land has bloomed.

Hundreds of thousands of Jews live in Judea and Samaria. Red-tiled roofs have sprouted like flowers and the brown earth has turned green. Israel's enemies plot against the country, while Israel's returning sons raised the land from desolation. The Green Line moves east, following the trees and vines that are again bearing fruit like they did thousands of years ago. The shouts of children are heard all over and the elderly rest as they witness the realization of the vision of the return to Zion.

The residents of Karnei Shomron are generally unaware that in 50-100 years the history books will talk about a small number of people who changed Jewish history. No one will write about the bars and luxury towers in Tel Aviv. The history books will feature the story of the few who went to redeem the land.

The journey of the settlers of the land of Israel is connected to the journey of the Hasmoneans. The Hellenists are long gone and the descendants of the Maccabees are still here, proving that a determined, ideological and moral minority is the key to the existence of the people of Israel. Once Tel Aviv connects to the spirit of Karnei Shomron, we will know for certain that Zionism has fulfilled its noble purpose.

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