- There comes a time in any American Yeshiva kid's sojourn of learning in Israel when the question arises (or should arise!) in his mind as to why doesn't everybody (or, at least, people whom he would - and should! expect to consider such issues) make aliyah. One of thoughtful talmidim, Sruli Baum, who is currently learning (well! B"H) in EY and I had the following FB conversation on the topic:
Friday, November 15, 2013
The "Why don't you live in Israel question?"
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So if one is a baker in the USA and could be as successful a baker in EY, than he should move?ReplyDelete
Not necessarily. There are other aspects to life besides one's livelihood.ReplyDelete
Thanks for articulating the two sides, rabbi.ReplyDelete
While I try to live by "Libi b'mizrach..." sometimes it's difficult to reconcile the pull in both directions. Keeping perspective is key, and it's what I tell the young men I speak to upon their return to galut after having > 1 year of some rebbi convincing them that their doomed to fail if they remain in ChuL; the argument for the Holy Land is so strong, but they need to be cognizant of who they are and where they can be the best oved HaShem.
Your question as to If or If Not to live in EY is not so difficult.
Our ancestors had no idea where they going when they left Egypt, but Hashem did. He took care of our ancestors. Their clothes did not wear out and they had food and water when they needed it.
Are you so certain that Hashem won't provide for you and your family?
I live in Israel. I can honestly tell you that not a day goes by that Hashem has not acted on my behalf.
This is your Land, Hashem gave it to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He has allowed His People to Return.
Trust in Hashem and He will provide for you!
Trust in Hashem and He will provide for you!ReplyDelete
The issue here was not one of Bitachon.
i agree with rygb approach. in fact given what i felt was my lifes mission i no longer keep shabbos.ReplyDelete
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