Vayoel Moshe

Vayoel Moshe (Hebrew: ויואל משה‎) is a Hebrew book written by Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, leader of the Satmar Hasidic movement, in 1961. It made his case that Judaism is against Zionism.

The name of the book is a statement in the bible that also notates his name and his grandfather's name—Joel and Moshe respectively. However, he had other reasons for this naming as well. The source for the title is Exodus 2:21, "And Moses agreed to stay...an alien in a foreign land."

This book is considered one of utmost importance by many Haredim, especially Satmar Hasidim and other members of the Edah HaChareidis in the Land of Israel as well as the Central Rabbinical Congress in North America. Satmar Hasidism has many institutions, buildings and neighborhoods named after it.

It is primarily a book of Halacha, Jewish law. However, it draws on Rabbinic Jewish philosophy as well.

Although it did not originate with him, before World War II most Hasidic rabbis, as well as some other prominent Orthodox rabbis opposed Zionism. While others had written about the issue in other publications - Torah commentaries and books of Halacha - Rabbi Teitelbaum was the first to write a book specifically about this subject.

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