Sunday, June 26, 2005

My thoughts on Aliyah

She had a great song with "try again", was a hot babe, and looked to have a promising acting career as well until her life was so tragically cut short.

Alright, kidding. I've been bombarded with all sorts of comments concerning my views on Israel. Some think I live there, which is fine because I don't want the people in my community here to know who I am. Others think I hate Israelis due to the "sweaty agressive obnoxious" comment. Twenny agrees but she doesn't count (though you are always welcome to express your view here).

I shan't delve into the same old halachic dispute again, the famous Rambam/Ramban/Megilat Sefer/Avney Nezer/Mitzvah Kiyumis debate. I think it's pretty academic, as is the Midrashic three oaths discussion.

What I do believe is that one can be a good Jew in the US. Daf Yomi on public transport, kosher food to the gills, shuls, yeshivas, etc. One can only be fufilled jew in Israel, the land of our forefathers, the center of our life, the location we pray towards. Not just the fact that there is thousands of years of history there, that there are commandments we can only perform there and not here, but mainly because this is the greatest Jewish enterprise, creating and building a modern Jewish state. And despite my previous comments, I think they've (we've?) been pretty succesful, all in all.

Aha, I hear you exclaim. So why don't I go live there? Well, I'm a sucker for the cash, it's all about the money, it's all about the dum dum diddi dee dum. Money money money, it's so funny, in a rich man's world. Show me the money! Money's too tight too mention. I've got a good life, in a good place, with a good job. Truth is, I struggle enough here trying to be a good Jew. I might trot out the old excuse that every Averah done in Israel is far worse (and trust me, I do my fair share of those). Ultimately, I don't have the balls.

I don't sense dissonance between me personally being a comfortable Jew here yet believing that Jews should make Aliyah. Similarly, I can believe that loshon hora is so wrong, damaging and dangerous, yet continue to spread lies and scandal wherever I roam. I'm human, all too human.

I hope that clears things up and gets the trolls of my back. Good night and G-d bless.



At 6/27/2005 12:42 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

TRK: We know you love Israel, and Israelies too....but you have to be careful what you say and write about Eretz Yisrael and its inhabitants...

While money makes the world go 'round, at the end of the day, you need to see are you fullfilling your life as a Jew in the US. Just like shabbat and kashrut, and we sacrifice for that all the time, living in Israel is a sacrifice.

I will tell you - its totally possible to live a good life here...with money as well. (Don't believe that the only way to make a small fortune in Israel, is to come here with a large one)

Anyway - gotta get back to work.
And keep your bags packed to move here.

At 6/27/2005 6:37 AM, Blogger Lo said...

man, you are complicated. And somehow, so simple. I like, I like.

At 6/27/2005 7:31 AM, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Your thoughts on this subject were interesting and I plan to post on the subject of living in Israel sometime this week.

At 6/27/2005 10:22 AM, Blogger Soferet said...

Check this on whether a Jew must live in the Land to be "complete"...

At 6/27/2005 5:21 PM, Blogger TwennyTwo said...

I like that you're upfront about all this. Keep at it.


At 6/28/2005 9:56 AM, Blogger ClooJew said...

A person doing his or her Avodas Hashem, regardless of location, is, lulei demistafina, "complete."

Also, LOOK OUT! It's actually becoming more economically viable to live in Israel. Did you ever think you would see the day when people would move TO Israel for economic reasons?

At 6/28/2005 8:48 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

Jameel, my bags are packed and ready to go but I can't see it happening any time soon. I can live as a good Jew here in the US. I love Israel, and don't really mean anything bad about it. But here is my life.

Batya, I like me too. Thanks!

SimpleJew, looking forward to it.

Soferet, I did check it - thanks for the link.

Twenny, anytime girl. Feel free to throw in your comments, from the outside perspective.

Cloojew, frankly I think you are talking through your arse. 1) Your Avodas Hashem is not complete if you are in the Diaspora. 2) I don't know anyone who moves to Israel from the US to make money. You are wrong.


At 6/28/2005 9:24 PM, Blogger Pinchas said...

Aww, come on! You can do it! NBN is sending SIX full flights this summer!

All the best!

At 6/29/2005 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRK, the thing about doing aveiros there is worse than in the diaspora also scares me. I keep thinking that I would have to be more careful there. I guess though it would give me more motivation to improve myself. but it still worries me.

At 6/29/2005 2:02 PM, Blogger ClooJew said...

Um, TRK, you wanna piece o' me???

To your first point: Are you saying that the avodas Hashem of Rav Moshe Feinstein, Rav Aharon Kotler, Rav Yosef D. Soloveitchick, The Satmar, Lubavich and Bobover Rebbes were all, lulei demistafina, incomplete?

To your second point: American Jews ARE making Aliyah for financial reasons--not to make more, but to SAVE more. The Big Three financial burdens--housing, tuition, and healthcare--are all MUCH lower in Eretz Yisrael.

So there.

At 6/29/2005 2:03 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

Pinchas, thanks for the attempt - good luck.

anon, I know I use it as a lame excuse. If you are the type of person who is sensitive to that, you are a great tsaddik and you probably belong there, if that is your main issue. Just go!

At 7/07/2005 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, you do have children in day schools. If you did, you may find it easier, financially, to live in Israel.


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