Both Rabbis Kivelevitz and Bechhofer dismiss Weissman as an extremist, and instead discuss calmly if the forced lockdowns and weakening of schools should push younger persons who are able to plan their Aliyah.
Rabbi Bechhofer succinctly reviews the Halachic opinions if one is bound to move to Eretz Yisroel,now that free immigration is offered to all Jews.
He claims persons who are engaged in important Harbatzas HaTorah and are thriving have no responsibility to forsake their life calling to merely subsist without honor in the Holy Land.
Rabbi Bechhofer asserts that both he and Kivelevitz would be considered men of mere average ability in the midst of the towering scholarship that flourishes in every corner of Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak.
Furthermore due to their eccentricities,they would never find a following or create a successful Yeshiva in the highly polarized judgmental atmosphere that permeates the country.
Kivelevitz thinks Bechhofer is selling himself short,and points out that the activities both of them are managing in America hardly qualify as crucial work on behalf of the less learned of our people.
He cites the example of many Rabbis who adopted the strict mores of dress that was expected of them in Eretz Yisroel,yet remained true to their essence.
They were capable of disseminating their unique approach in that environment to truly appreciative knowledge loving students and chaverim .
Those Rabbanim submitted to the small minded dress expectations, yet gained in self fulfillment.
Why not two sixtyish red headed fellows like themselves?
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