By Tzvia Ehrlich-Klein, Yerushalayim. It’s many years since little ol’ regular me, a third-generation American, first came to Israel. As with so many turning points in life, I didn’t realize that it was one. I just came for one year — a Junior Year Abroad study program at Hebrew University. But something happened as my suitcases were thrown off the [...]
By Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger After the Holocaust, many survivors were overwrought with feelings of confusion, loneliness, and anger — anger at the Nazis, anger at the com- placent world, and even anger at the Almighty. Some were disillusioned to the point of losing their faith. Al tadin es chaveircha ad shetagia l’mkomo. Do not judge your fellow unless you are in [...]
If we don’t mourn the destruction, are we truly in galus? By Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger You know how you occasionally hear or read something and wonder, “Wow, that’s so obvious. How did I miss it?” I just had one of those moments, and I am asking myself that very question: How did I miss it? Chareidi media has been all over [...]
By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein A few weeks ago, Rabbi Michael Broyde sent me an article he had written regarding his reaction to a question posed to him during his sabbatical in Israel: “So what do I think of Israel so far?” In good Jewish style, he responded to the question with a question, preceded by a story. I thought [...]
Where is the Religious Aliyah from the West? from "To Dwell in the Palace - Perspectives on Eretz Yisrael" DRIVING HOME THROUGH the largely-uninhabited hills of Judea, or walking down the streets of an Israeli city still lacking the imprint of Torah, I hear the question echoing: "Where is the religious aliya from the Torah communities of the West?" The [...]
Adapted from original post on Zehut International Website. Written by Shmuel Sackett. We are all familiar with Dovid Hamelech and the successor to his throne, his son, Shlomo. What very few people understand is what happened next. When Shlomo Hamelech died, his kingdom was tragically divided. The shvatim of Yehuda and Binyamin were led by Shlomo’s son – and the rightful ruler [...]
Rabbi Shalom Rosner - Living in Diaspora vs. Eretz Yisroel- What is a Good Jew to Do?
R'Chaim Kanievski says its a Mitzvah to move to Eretz Yisroel and one should not wait for Moshiach, see video and transcript below. נכנסתי קמיה מרן הגר”ח קניבסקי שליט”א (שבט התשע”ה), עם יהודי שזכה לעלות לארץ ישראל מארה”ב, ויהודי דנן אמר למרן שליט”א שלפני שהוא עלה לארץ, היו רבים שאמרו לו שאסור כעת לעלות וצריך לחכות לעת ביאת המשיח ואז [...]
I once said to someone, “Show me another country in the world where the electronic signs on the buses, which identify the number of each bus and its destination, also wish passengers a gemar chasimah tovah.