Global Jewish Communities in Mourning after Passing of Anti-Zionist Leader

With great pain and sadness, the anti-Zionist Jewish world mourns the loss of a beloved rabbi and leader: Rabbi Moshe Ber Beck of blessed memory, may he rest in peace. He passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at the age of 86.

Rabbi Beck was a general in the battle against Zionism, fighting a ceaseless war of words and demonstration for most of his life, around the world, against the ideology of Zionism and the existence of the State of Israel. He wrote many books and pamphlets on the subject, as well as gave countless speeches, denouncing the Zionists for attempting to transform Judaism from a religion to nationalism. He decried their movement for its uprooting of Jewish faith and condemned their atrocities and crimes against the Palestinian people.

One major point on which Rabbi Beck often focused in his many speeches was that Zionism teaches a fundamentally anti-Torah concept: that Jews should rise up from exile on their own and take their fate into their own hands. The Torah, on the other hand, teaches that the exile is an act of G-d and Jews must accept it lovingly.

Rabbi Beck was born in Hungary in 1934. During the Nazi Holocaust, he survived by hiding in a bunker in Budapest, while his mother was killed at Auschwitz and his father fled to Romania. After the war he immigrated to Rome, and from there to Palestine.
In 1958 he married, and became a follower of Rabbi Amram Blau, who was at the time one of the leading fighters against Zionism. Already in Jerusalem, Rabbi Beck began to write books and deliver lectures against Zionism.

In 1970, shortly after the 1967 war, he left the Holy Land to escape the Zionist heresy and ongoing occupation. He was part of a larger movement of religious Jews who left the Zionist state in that period. He moved to London and then to Canada. From 1980 and onwards, he lived in Monsey, New York.

For decades, including his old age, he dedicated himself to proclaiming to the world that the Zionist state does not represent the Jewish religion or the Jewish people. He personally met with the leaders of countries as well as with religious leaders, with the goal of building bridges between Muslims and Jews, and publicizing the religious Jewish position on Zionism.

He leaves a legacy of dozens of books on the subject of Zionism and Judaism, as well as hundreds of recorded lectures and interviews in Yiddish. Some have been translated into English and available to the public. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and by countless students and followers around the world who continue in the path he forged.

The funeral was held on the same day of his passing, at his synagogue in Monsey, New York; it was attended by masses of people, coming from far and near. The mourners paid their last respects by carrying the coffin on foot for several blocks, as the crowds followed.

May his memory be blessed.