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b“‘Heyn, am l’vadad yishkon . . .’ cries the Law, ‘Lo, this bpeople shall dwell alone and not be reckoned among the bnations.’ It is not Israel’s destiny or purpose to be just one bmore nation among the nations; it is not her fate to play the bfoolish, vain game of power politics. ‘For you are the least bamong the nations,’ declared our G-d.

b“It is the Jewish role to be separate, unique, different, bchosen. That is the role of the people and of its vessel, its bservant, the state. A Jewish state, whose Jewishness is carved binto its essence, which lives and carries on according to bunique Jewish values. Not for us are the values and stan- bdards of the nations. Assimilation begins, not with inter- bmarriage, but with the acceptance of and imitation of bforeign values, of strange and non-Jewish ideas and con- bcepts. A Jewish State stands on Jewish values, and when it babandons those and begins to ponder and yearn after bforeign and non-Jewish images, it begins to assimilate and to bchange, slowly and then with ever more rapid speed, from bthe uniquely Jewish State to the morbid and illegitimate bState of the Jews. It begins the process of ‘gentilization.’

b“‘The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron,’ cried the bProphet Jeremiah, and the sin of the State of the Jews is bwritten on the streets of her cities, the magazines of her bnewsstands, the films of her cinemas, the bustle of autos on bher Sabbath streets, the irrelevance of Judaism to the lives of bher leaders, and their lack of faith and belief in the divinity bof the Jew and the divine fate that grips him.

b“One searches vainly for a sign of G-d’s existence among bthe leaders of Israel, those who created it and shape it. One bsearches frantically, like some fervent seeker-out of leaven bon the eve of Passover, through the speeches of the prime bminister for some acknowledgment of His presence and brole in the creation of the state. One becomes a Diogenes, btreading wearily through the world of pearly speeches deliv- bered in half a dozen languages by the impeccable foreign bminister, seeking an honest mention of G-d. One listens with bdisciplined courage to the rasping voice of the irritable bfinance minister and emerges with despair as he intones: b‘Mysticism? Our generation did away with mysticism!’

b“One listens to the voices of the generals of the armed b 

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