Author: Rabbi Shlomo Teichtal
First published in 1943, Eim Habanim Semeichah
remains the most comprehensive treatise on Eretz Yisrael, redemption, and Jewish unity. Much of this remarkable work has been proven prophetic by the passage of time. It is truly a priceless treasure.
The saintly author, Rabbi Shlomo Teichtal, originally shared a prevalent, strict Orthodox view which discouraged the return to Zion. The Holocaust, however, profoundly changed his perspective. The annihilation of unprecedented numbers of his fellow Jews forced him to seek explanations. Thus, relying almost exclusively on his phenomenal memory and keen insight, he investigated the matter exhaustively. His conclusions are eye-opening! The Jewish people will find refuge from their troubles, he argues, only if they unite to rebuild the Land. This will bring about the ultimate redemption.
Although more than fifty-five years have passed since its original publication, the message of this book is as crucial today as it was then.
Born in Hungary in 1885, Rabbi Teichtal grew up in a family with an illustrious lineage. Many of his ancestors were great rabbis and Jewish leaders, and he perpetuated the family tradition. His father, Yitzchak, was a noted scholar, teacher and chassid. Yitzchak's father, Yissachar Shlomo (our author's namesake), served as a Rosh Yeshiva all his life and was one of the foremost chassidim of the Rebbe of the Rebbe of Tzanz.
Translated by Rabbi Moshe Lichtman.
Published by Kol Mevaser
Hardcover, 528 pages
Praise for Eim Habanim Semeichah:
Many of the sources and ideas in Eim Habanim Semeichah are as relevant today as they were when the book was written. It is an important contribution that this work has been made available to the English speaking public.
Rabbi Stanley Peerless
Torah Community Connections
Eim Habanim Semeichah is an enormously powerful book about the Holocaust, Orthodox Jewry, the Land of Israel, Zionism, Jewish unity and hatred, and the Messianic Era…. This work candidly, almost brutally, confronts the terrible issues of shaken faith and loss of tradition raised by the rise of Zionism and the terribly unimagined events of the Holocaust. Writing from within the hell of Hitler’s Europe, without books or research material, Teichtal wrote a work of enormous Torah scholarship and erudition…of searing pain and challenge. This book is literally written with blood for its ink.
In Eim Habanim Semeichah, Teichtal humbly yet proudly confesses to his previous errors of judgment and misguided interpretations of Jewish faith. The purpose of his work now is to call on his fellow, learned Jews, strictly observing of Torah precepts, to recant their blind and wrong opposition to Zionism. Rather, they should join with all Jews, irrespective of their level of Torah knowledge and observance, in a united effort to build the Land of Israel and the Jewish people.
Thoughtful Jews, interested in hearing the opinion of a great Torah scholar on the crucial matters of faith and policy that face world Jewry, must read [Eim Habanim Semeichah].