24 JEWISH TELEGRAPH Thursday May 28, 2009




‘I’m no terrorist – why ban me from UK?’, asks Mike
durin g the late 1970s when a relative introduced him to the Jewish Defence League. Founded by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968, the JDL’s original aim was to protect Jewish people and their interests in America. Guzofsky recalled: “In the late 1960s, Jews were starting to leave the poorer areas of New York City and movin g to the more upmarket areas. “Rabbi Kahane was the editor of The Jewish Press in Brooklyn, and he started to receive calls from besieged, poor, elderly Jews who were being targeted by other ethnic groups. “The police were unwilling to help and so it became a necessity that we help other Jews.” A disciple of Kahane, who was assassinated by an Egyptian Arab in 1990, he feels that there are not nearly enough Jewish militant groups. Guzofsky explained: “We need more strong Jews. “Kahane set out to change the image of the weak Jew – it is not a mitzvah to lose, it is a mitzvah to win. “Kahane always said it is better to be hated by the world and alive than loved by the world in and in Auschwitz.” Now living in Kfar Tapuach on the West Bank, Guzofsky moved to Israel in the early 1980s. Kfar Tapuach, near Hebron, has been home to many Kahanists over the years. Guzofsky said: “I do not call where I live the West Bank – I call it Israel. Hebron is Jewish. “Abraham pitched his tent in Hebron, not in Tel Aviv.” Guzofsky believes it is a “halachic i m p e r at ive ” that Jews should live i n Israel. H e explained: “If we as Jews are to survive, then we must all be in Israel. “There is no future for the Jews in exile – we are witnessing the alienation and assimilation of the Jews.” He points to last week’s events in America, where four Muslims were suspected of plannin g to blow up two synagogues in New York. “New York is the heart of the Jewish Diaspora yet we are not safe there either,” he added. Guzofsky, who is a member of the Kfar Pituach Municip al Council, does not like to divulge too much about his private life, but revealed his “day-job” is working in Internet marketing. Divorced, he has three children, two of whom live in Israel while the other one is in America. And he prefer red not to give their names. His main bete noire, as would be expected from a Jewish activist, is the rise of fundamentalist Islam, as well as the high-birth rate among the Arabs in Israel. Of Barack Obama, Guzofsky said: “I would be very worried if I was a Jew living in America. “He may be really popular, but Obama has still to explain his connections to (Nation of Islam) leader Louis Farrakhan and the Rev Jermaine Wright (who has been accused of antisemitism).” And Guzofsky believes any Arabs in Israel who do not pledge allegiance to the Jewish state should be given the opportunity to leave. He continued: “Those who want to live under Jewish sovereignty, fine, but – judgin g from their behaviour – they do not want peace. “The Arabs in Israel are a fifth column, they know that. “They have 20 states of their own sur roundin g us. Do not forget that Jordan is a bastard state of the Palestinians – 70 per cent of its population is Palestinian. “Most Arabs support the replacement of the State of Israel with Palestine, and that is perfectly understandable from their point of view. “They dream of the day it will happen, either though babies because of the high birthrate, or through bombs.” He is happy to be called a militant and believes that Jews should use any form to survive. Many people may think these are just the words of a lunatic fringe element, but the farright is growing in Israel, mainly because of the large number of perceived concessions the Israeli government has given the Palestinians. Guzofsky said: “We need to learn from the Holocaust – we do not appease people who seek to kill Jews. “These people include (Iranian President) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hamas. “Israel should bomb Iran and do whatever is necessary – even nuke them. “Make no mistake, I believe Ahmadinejad is another Hitler – his goal is the destruction of the Jews.” Kach, the political p arty of Kahane, is banned in both Israel and America, something which Guzofsky cannot fathom. He added: “We have been declared a terrorist organisation, but we just want to restore the biblical borders of Israel. “I support that kind of peace, not the false peace processes that have been signed over the last few years.” Guzofsky does not trust new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Netanyahu has no backbone – he does not have the type of faith required to stand up to US pressure regardin g the Palestinians,” he warned. Despite labellin g himself a militant, Guzofsky insists he is simply a proud Jew who wants other Jews to feel the same. He said: “We need to build a stronger Jewish identity in Israel and we need to be proud of who we are. “But only when we return to our faith in God will that follow.” One of Guzofsky’s main wishes is to see the Jews “stick to their destiny”. Otherwise, he stated, “we will see more destruction of Jewish land like in Gaza and that could lead to the destruction of a Jewish Jerusalem”. He added: “Pulling out of Gaza in 2005 was a horrible act of selfdestruction that led to the deaths of many Jews. “God willing, we will return there.”

SRAELI Mike Guzofsky was described by the Home Office last month as a terrorist – and was banned from enterin g Britain.

But American-born Guzofsky refutes the claim wholeheartedly . “It is a moral outrage and a bizarre decision,” he told me. “The British government was just trying to show that they are even-handed. “They do not have a shortage of Muslim ter rorists, but they needed a Jewish scapegoat. “They thought, ‘Let’s pluck a Jew to put on the list’. “My name has been put alongside heinous terrorists who support the destruction of Israel and annihilation of the Jews.” Guzofsky was accused of supporting the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and of glorifying Baruch Goldstein’s murder of 29 Arabs in Hebron in 1994. Raised in the New York borough of Queens, Guzofsky said: “Jewish ter rorism is a fictitious concept. “We do not have Jewish ter rorists runnin g around the world blowing people up. “ I never supported Rabin’s murder – I said a few weeks before he died that he should be put on trial for treason.” He was also accused of running Jewish militant camps – something else he denies. He fumed: “I was involved in runnin g Jewish camps in America where we encouraged young Jews to find their Jewish pride. “Nothin g which took place there was illegal.” Guzofsky, who revealed he was planning to sue Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, also slammed British Jewish leaders who allegedly spoke out against him. “Rather than align themselves with their fellow Jew, they aligned themselves with our enemies.” Born into an Orthodox family, the 45-year-old first became involved with Jewish activism

PROUD: Mike Guzofsky is happy to be called a militant and believes that Jews should use any form to survive


Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz is minister of the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Gatley, Cheshire


ALTHOUGH I pray for the rebuilding of the Temple every day, I just can’t seem to accept animal sacrifice.

Will there be animal sacrifice in rebuilt Temple?
Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz
the messianic era? Which by the way, accordin g to our belief, shall herald the rebuildin g of the third Temple. Rambam Melachim 11:1-3 asserts that in the messianic era we will observe all the mitzvot, even those that do not apply nowadays. Within this context there can be no doubt that Temple sacrifice is included. He further sets out in his principles of faith that following the giving of the Torah at Sinai, as the Torah says in Devarim 4:2, there will be no addition or nullification of mitzvot, not even by a prophet. Despite this authoritative and weighty position, Rabbi Yosef Elbo in his classic Sefer Haikarim 3:14, argues that the Torah prohibition of addin g mitzvot or nullifying them would only apply to the details of the directives. He goes on to say that Hashem could chan ge mitzvot and that a prophet with a proven track record could receive such a divine proclamation. Rabbi Yaakov Emden also points out that certain mitzvot with historical value which have now expired could be changed. Indeed, Rambam himself in the guide to the perplexed 3:32, seemingly contradicts himself when he rationalises sacrifices as a compromise as it were that Hashem introduced in order to alleviate the abandonment of foreign worship. In other words, he says Hashem allowed animal sacrifice only because this was the way in which people worshipped at the time. But he does seem to imply that eventually animal sacrifice will cease since it is not the ideal. Ramban (Nachmanides) p assionately disagrees with the later position of Maimonides (Rambam). He argues that sacrifices intrinsically have an inherent importance and a mystical effect in the upper realms that we could not do without! This specific approach is shared by many significant early authorities. Rav Kook – and after him others such as Rav Chaim David Halevi, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv – wrote that it is possible the sacrifices in the messianic era will be from grains. This was based on a Midrash explainin g the cessation of all sacrifices except the “thanks offerin g” in messianic times. However, most authorities continue to hold the opinion that with the resumption of the Temple worship there will be a full resumption of the sacrificial order. So I do not know the answer to your question. But this is – and remains – an uncertainty which we pray will be made clear with the comin g of Moshiach and resumption of Temple worship. Remember that when Moshiach does come, our understandin g and communication with Hashem should be filled with clarity, which will allow us to comprehend and conceptualise in a new and different way . Perhaps then we will view thin gs from a different perspective and be able to understand the answers that we seek.

When the Temple is rebuilt, will there really still be animal sacrifices?

YOU are right in assuming that when we pray for the restoration of the Temple and the service in it, we indeed pray for the restoration of the entire avodah (rituals) with the holy korbanot (sacrifices) as well.
However, I should tell you that the question of whether or not animal sacrifice will go on in the third Bet Hamikdash is dependent on another crucial question. That is: Will all the mitzvot still apply during

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