Biblical Zionism

Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, established the principles of Biblical Zionism in 2012.

Biblical Zionism is a part of the modern Zionist movement. It is an inclusive religious Zionist ideology and philosophy.

These are the principles:

1. The Nation of Israel: The Jewish People are a covenanted people, an Am Segula, who received a national revelation at Sinai. They are the originators of monotheism, the formulators of the ethical laws and teachings of the prophets and a nation destined to redeem the world in the Kingdom of God. For it is written, “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your offspring after you, throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant to be a God to you and your offspring after you.” (Genesis 17:7)

2. The Righteous Among the Nations: Within countries around the globe who are turning against God, chosen individuals are being called to join Israel, as Zachariah said, “Many Nations will join themselves to Hashem on that day and they will become a people unto Me, and I will dwell in your midst.” (Zechariah 2:15). The Righteous “Strangers” who Keep the Sabbath and guard the Covenant are a blessing to the Jews and have more honor and renown in the eyes of God than the sons and daughters of Israel. For it is written, “Let not the stranger who joins himself to Hashem, speak, saying ‘Hashem will utterly separate me from His people… In My house and within My walls I will give them a place of honor and renown, which is better than the sons and daughters; eternal renown will I give them, which will never be terminated.” (Isaiah 56:3).

3. Unity Through Diversity: The Movement of Biblical Zionism is a unified force comprised of the Nation of Israel and the Righteous Among the Nations. Bonded by the ideology of Biblical Zionism, united in a religious rainbow of diversity, upheld through mutual respect and Biblical values we are the living example of the vision of Zechariah “In those days it will happen that ten men of all the languages of the nations will take hold of the corner of the garment of a Jewish man saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you’.” (Zechariah 8:23). We oppose any attempt to convert Jews or non-Jews theologically and believe that in God’s unity, we can be religiously different and ideologically united.

4. The Promised Land: The Land of Israel is holy and was given as an everlasting inheritance to the Nation of Israel. Her borders are defined in Scripture, “And to your seed I will give this Land, from the Egyptian River until the Great River Euphrates.” (Genesis 15:18) This is the Land of the living that all Jews will dwell in peacefully alongside the Righteous among the Nations as envisioned by the prophets. The stranger who chooses to live in the Land will live under the Torah authority of the Israel.

5. The Foundational Covenant of Israel: The first covenant between God and Israel was ratified through the Land of Israel as it says, “And I will give unto you and your offspring after you the Land of your sojourns, the whole Land of Canaan as everlasting possession and I shall be their God.” This is the Jewish claim and right to the Land of Israel. It is absolute. It was not replaced or annulled and was established for eternity.

6. The Torah of Israel: The Torah is the living transmission of Divine Wisdom. It is the inspiration and moral guide of our lives. We rejoice together in its Feasts and Holy Days and unite under its canopy of morality. “Its [The Torah’s] ways are ways of pleasantness and all its pathways are peace. It is the Tree of Life for those who grasp it and happy are all who support it.” (Proverbs 3:17)

7. The Redemption: The Modern State of Israel and the subsequent ingathering of the exiles from the ends of the earth are the first rays of the sunrise of a new day, the Messianic Era, the Redemption of the entire world. This new era will usher in world peace, prosperity and a new global consciousness as it says, “They will neither do evil nor destroy any more in all of My sacred mountain; for the knowledge of God will cover the world as waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)

8. The Restoration: The Revival of the once barren land of Israel is the greatest sign that the Messianic era is now upon us, as it says, “And you O’mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My People Israel for they are soon to come.” (Ezekiel 36:8). We are committed to guarding the Land from harm, protecting the Land from those who seek to divide her, and settling the redeemed Land promised to Israel.

9. Israeli Sovereignty: The State of Israel must put an end to the attempt of the nations to divide the Land of Israel and establish Jewish sovereignty over all the land of Israel redeemed in the miraculous defensive Six Day War.

10. The Stranger in the Land: The Righteous among the Nations committed to living by the Torah in harmony, peace, mutual respect and friendship are invited to the Land of Israel as envisioned by the prophets. “And the Strangers who join themselves to Hashem to serve Him and to love the name of Hashem, to become servants unto Him, all who guard the Sabbath against desecration and grasp My covenant tightly- I will bring to My holy mountain and gladden them in My house of prayer… for My house will be called a House of Prayer for all Nations.” (Isaiah 56:6) The non-Jew who engages in or supports war against the Jewish State will be removed from the Land as it says, “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land, those who you allow to stay will be thistles in your eyes and thorns in your side” (Numbers 33:55).

11. Jerusalem and the Temple Mount: The Center Stage of Redemption is Jerusalem and the holiest of all places on earth is the Temple Mount. Jerusalem, the City of Peace, will become a blessing to all peoples and the Temple Mount will be transformed into a House of Prayer for All Nations, the Third and Final Temple. We are the Guardians of Jerusalem as it says, “Upon your walls, O’Jerusalem, I have posted guardians, all day and all night, they will never be silent… until He establishes Jerusalem as a source of praise for all the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6)

12. Belief in the coming of the Messiah: We believe with full faith in the coming of the Messiah. And even though he tarries, with all that, we await his arrival with every day.