No more excuses

There is a lot to improve in Israel, but it is not antisemitic and no one tells Jews to get out.

Tzvi Fishman, | updated: 23:14

OpEds Children aboard Aliyah charter flight land in Ben Gurion and are greeted by Nefe
Children aboard Aliyah charter flight land in Ben Gurion and are greeted by Nefe
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The Jews in the wilderness of Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Monsey, Lakewood, Jersey City, Miami Beach, Boca, and Los Angeles had new excuses last week not to make Aliyah – they sounded something like this:

1. The justice system in Israel is determined to destroy the right, the Prime Minister has been charged with corruption and fraud, the secular left wants to erase the Jewish Identity of the State, there’s no butter in the supermarkets, and now there’s bus service on Shabbat in Tel Aviv. 

Wait one minute! Doesn’t this sound familiar? The Spies in the Wilderness said pretty much the same thing – the Land of Israel is full of dangerous giants and idol worshippers. Plus, in the Promised Land,  we will have to work to make a living without being able to rely on the manna from Heaven.

-Not only that – without the Clouds of Glory to protect us, we will have to create a government, and a regular army with reserve duty, and an economy to sustain the nation, with a system of transportation, hospitals, water and sanitation departments, a housing industry, a school system for all ages, police force, port authority, welfare system, a department of foreign affairs…. Gevalt! When will we have time to study Torah?

2. It is far better to stay in America where the Government of the United State takes care of our needs, and we don’t have to bother with getting rid of sewage by ourselves, or fighting in the army, or with building bridges, tunnels, and roads.

-The goyim can take care of all that, and we will remain free to study Torah, make money for ourselves, enjoy the good life, send our kids to the best colleges, and not worry about their getting killed in the army, G-d forbid.

-When the Mashiach comes, we will go to Israel, when there is no longer any political corruption and war, and a Jew can sit and learn Torah all day without having to get his hands dirty building the country.  

-When you look at things in a superficial light, it could be that the Jews of the Diaspora, and the Spies in the wilderness, were right. Nonetheless, Hashem called them rebels.


Avraham Avinu (Abraham the Patriarch) could also have argued with Hashem, maintaining that living in Eretz Yisrael was dangerous,
Avraham Avinu (Abraham the Patriarch) could also have argued with Hashem, maintaining that living in Eretz Yisrael was dangerous, with idol worshippers all over the country, and not a kosher bakery or beit knesset to be found. But Avraham didn’t offer any excuses. He packed up his belongings and made Aliyah.

As the children of Avraham Avinu, we have inherited his genes. Every Jew can make Aliyah, even if the political establishment is loaded with problems and there is no butter in the Land. After all, the politics of America isn’t so kosher either, and if new olim can’t find butter for their bagels, then let them eat humus!  

Now it is this week. And, sadly, it is not so safe in America either. How about following Abraham?





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