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24 Friday, May 29, 1981

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By RABBI SAMUEL FOX
(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)

The Holy Temple cannot
be rebuilt in Jerusalem now
that the state of Israel has
possession of the city.
From a halakhic view-
point some commentaries
on the Talmud indicate that
the building of the new
temple must be an act of the
Almighty and not a human
act (Rashi and Tosafot Trac-
tate Sukka 41a). Tosafot
commentary_ explicitly
states that it is a structure
which will be done by itself.

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Messiah will build the new
temple. This would mean
that as long as the Messiah
has not come there can be no
temple, since he has to build
it.
It is. not only that the
Messiah, as a person, has
not yet arrived. The world
conditions that would pre-
pare the universe for the
coming of the Messiah have
not occurred yet. Both the
Messiah and the temple are
merely results of a new
world of peace and honor
that have yet to come.

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TEL AVIV — A day be-
fore the establishment of
the state of Israel, the Etz-
ion Block fell into the hands
of the Arab Legion.
David Ben-Gurion said
that the struggle for the
Etzion Block was the
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I am pleased to send my warm personal greetings
to the American Assembly for Zionism and Israel.

I welcome this opportunity to commend the Zionist
Movement for building a society rooted in the
democratic ideals shared by our country, and I
support, as have my predecessors, the establishment
of a modern Jewish state on the site of the
ancient Jewish homeland.

Israel is "a major strategic asset, a staunch ally
whose military strength stands as a deterrent to
Soviet aggression in the Middle East. When our
country enhances Israel's security with military
assistance, economic aid and diplomatic support,
we advance our strategic interests and - contribute
to the preservation of peace and stability in the
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Zionism is the expression of your commitment to
redeem the-land of Israel and to - build a state,
economy, and society that will achieve the cultural
revitalization, spiritual renewal and economic self-
determination of. the Jewish people in a nation
dedicated to democracy and liberty for her people.

I join the many who are expressing solidarity with
those who are building a democratic,.free, and
stable society in a part of the world that As
essential to American security.

Again, you have - my best wishes for a successful
and productive meeting.

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exists today and the enemy
did not succeed in giving a
death blow to the newly-
born Jewish state, it was
due to the heroic defenders
of the Etzion Block, Ben-
Gurion said.
The children of the dead
fighters of the block used to
climb Mount Zion on each
anniversary of the fall of the
block to look at the block.
Immediately after the Six-
Day War in June 1967,
when the block was liber-
ated, they organized them-
selves to return to the home
of their dead parents and to
build up the block again.
They fulfilled their
promise and returned
home. This year the new
settlements of the block
celebrated their Bar
Mitzva. In 13 years they
have succeeded in build-
ing prosperous settle-
ments. Around an old
tree, which had been
alone during the Jorda-
nian occupation of 19
years, hundreds of new
trees have been planted
and have given fruit.
The children of those days
are today fathers of children
who have mostly been born
in the new Etzion Block.
One of them, Shalom Kar-
niel, is a grandson of
Shalom Karniel of Cracow,
a founder of Kfar Etzion
who was killed by the Arabs

with 127 other heroes.

Today there are four
kibutzim. in the block: Kfar
Etzion, Rosh Zurim, Migdal
Oz and Tekoa. Near these
settlements a new city was
built: Efrat. Close by is
Moshav Elazar, in which
mostly American immig-
rants have settled. In the
center of all these settle-
ments is Alon Shwut with a
big yeshiva, where soldiers
of the Israeli Army study
Talmud.
Shila Gal was five-
years-old when his father
was killed defending the
Etzion Block against the
Jordanian Legion. He now
has his own family. "We are
a connection-point between
Jerusalem, Hebron and
Beersheva," he told us. "We
are planning to establish
some new settlements: Har
Gila, Maale Amoz and
Mitzpe Govrin." Shila and
his comrades are the
pioneers of today who are
building and realizing a
dream.
Only four defenders of
Kfar Etzion are alive to-
day. The Arabs de-
stroyed the block in 1948
and 320 members of the
settlements were taken
prisoner. The wounded
were transferred to a
hospital in Bethlehem.
They stayed there for two
months anti were re-

turned to Hebron and
Jordan, joining the rest
of the prisoners for 11
months' captivity.
In the beginning the pris-
oners were treated badly,
but afterwards better rela-
tions developed between
them and the prison
authorities. When the news
about the mass-slaughter in
the block reached
Jerusalem, the political
chairman of the Jewish
Agency, Moshe Sharet, ap-
pealed to British UN dele-
gate Alexander Cadogan to
order the British military
authorities in Palestine to
defend the Jewish settlers
against the Arabs. Cadoga
answered that the settler
of the Etzion-Block had
started the shootings.
In the Etzion Block today
there are 450 persons, 55
families and 180 children.
The area has 17,000
dunams of agriculture, cat-
tle, fruit orchards, etc.
There are some electronic
and metal enterprises.
In 1948, the whole popu-
lation of the Yishuv
watched the heroic struggle
and tragedy of the Etzion
Block. This year, thousands
of Jews took part in the
Bar Mitzva celebrations.
The president of Israel, Yit-
zhak Navon, was present at
the celebration.

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