Decompressing on the Way Back From Israel

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  1. RB says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Rabbi Adlerstein. I traveled to BB in 2003. I recall making a similar observation; intense unity of purpose in service to G-d, juxtaposed to abject isolation from 5.5 billion fellow earthlings. Then again, the world could probably live with a few less pizza shops. Welcome back.


  2. lacosta says:

    1—i thought you were going to say how is it possible not to hold to accounts all the hilonim that have been thru bnai brak—but i guess they would be less likely to see positives than the goyim of Bavel?!

    2– in re secular pioneers. i believe i saw last wk r kook pshat why the 7 minim pasuk divides them into 5 + 2. there are the 5-chumshei-tora yidden, and the shemen-udvash chiloni yidden, who come to the land for non-spiritual bounty. yet, the bracha of the latter 2 precedes the last 3 of the 1st 5— vhameivin yavin….

  3. another Nathan says:

    You shouldn’t focus on the devotion of BB to Limud Torah in isolation from the behavior of the people of BB. As we are told in many sources, the Torah is meant to be lived and learned. If you ignore the former, you’re not doing the latter, regardless of how many hours you spend sitting over a sefer.

  4. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    The future of the Jewish people is in EY. America is getting less hospitable to the Jews. Every Jew in America should be thinking about aliya on at least some level. It is now much more economically viable to live in EY than ever before. Any Jew serious about a life based on Torah and mitzvot should realize that the extra money he makes in America is largely offset by the costs of education and kosher food. This is in addition to December Dilemma, Shabbat and holidays (nowadays in Israel there are plenty of ways not to have to work Chol HaMoed). Hope we get to see you next time for longer. You’re invited to visit Kochav Hashachar.

  5. L. Oberstein says:

    As someone who will have 4 married children in israel this year, I feel very bound up with the country and people. I really do feel that it is visiting the mishpacha. The various problems are the “chevlei laida’ birth pangs of the new State. The claim is made that if more of our kind of people made aliyah, we would change the mentality and establish institutions that would produce American style chareidim (whatever that means to each person who talks about it). I do not agree that we all should make aliyah, we should all love Israel and want to be a part of it, but moving to a new country is not for everyone. If you can make a living, if you can raise normal children, if you can adjust socially, then there is what to talk about. Too many American olim have problems with all three of the above mentioned issues. Many kids go off the derech because of the different world they are thrust into, many people cannot earn a living wage, and many people just can’t become Israelis and they are stuck in an American cocoon where they speak English. If you raise your kids chareidi, how in the world will you marry them off if you don’t make a living in the first place. There are practical issues that complicate the ideal of hopping on a plane and kissing the runway at Ben Gurion Airport. ( I did that when I first went to Israel many years ago, I thought that you were supposed to.)

  6. Ori says:

    Yehoshua Friedman: America is getting less hospitable to the Jews.

    Ori: Would you care to give evidence of this?

  7. cvmay says:

    Beautiful beautiful piece of ‘Re’ah betuv Haeretz’.
    The importance of our children meeting, seeing and absorbing the kedusha of the early pioneers and their mesirus nefesh for the country, has to increase the much-needed AHAVAS YISROEL. The constant reminder that “We are a family, children of one father” is an important klal to give over to our children.
    Just last summer we did a trip to the Golan, to Har Bentel, to Rom video center, Katzrin, Yeshivat Chispin, Moshav Nov (a must to see during a shmittah yr), Gesher Yonatan, Emek Habaca (valley of tears) and a sighting of Kunetra. The beauty, nature, purity of air and finekeit of the residents is a must trip for all.

  8. Chardal says:

    Rav Kook points out regarding the verse (תהילים קכח:ה):

    יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה, מִצִּיּוֹן: וּרְאֵה, בְּטוּב יְרוּשָׁלִָם–כֹּל, יְמֵי חַיֶּיךָ

    that the blessing from Zion IS to see the good in Yerushalim all the days of your life. Not all merit to see the good – thank you for sharing this beracha with all of us.

  9. simcha seeker says:

    I long to be there. Good thing I’m going next week b’ezras Hashem.
    For those whose hearts are in Isreal, even when they’re not there physically, I highly reccomend Rabbi Moshe Eisemann’s book: Heart Strings and Harp Strings.

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