The Crucial Difference

The United States has existed less time, only 230 years, than Shiloh was the Jewish Biblical capital, 369 years. Considering the thousands of years of Jewish history, the US is an upstart newcomer.

Batya Medad,

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Many people were upset about the fact that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was invited to address the Orthodox Union (OU) Convention in Jerusalem, because of Olmert's anti-Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) and anti-democratic policies. He wasn't the only Israeli official who spoke. After Jewish Agency Chief Ze'ev Bielski's call for American Jews to immigrate to Israel, outgoing Israeli ambassador to the US, Danny Ayalon, told the attendees not to, that they are needed in America to pressure the powers there.

Yes, that is how many American Jews rationalize their staying in America. It's not the "easy life;" it's the American power and feeling of security that keeps them there. They want to be on the "winning team." People I spoke to who heard Ayalon told me how refreshing it was that somebody finally "told the truth."

A few years ago, I took a course in coaching. Not sports coaching, Life Coaching. One of the skills we were told to develop was to listen to more than the actual words a person is saying. I've tried to apply this and I find it very useful and revealing.

In this case, I hear that people consider the main power in this world to be the United States. They want to be where the power is, to have influence. Actually, so do I. We just don't agree as to where and what the true power is. I think, I believe, that the only true power is G-d. That is the crucial difference.

Many North American Jews may be much stricter about their kashrut than I. They may dress more modestly, give more tzedaka (charity), learn more Torah, pray more intensely, but I'm the one who worships G-d "with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources." (Deuteronomy 6:5) I live in Shiloh, the Biblical capital of the Land of Israel. I teach in Beit El, where Yaakov had his prophetic dream of a ladder reaching to Heaven. My taxes are paid to the State of Israel, and my husband and sons have served in the Israeli Army.

The United States has existed less time, only 230 years, than Shiloh was the Jewish Biblical capital, 369 years. Considering the thousands of years of Jewish history, the US is an upstart newcomer.

My commitment is to G-d, Judaism, the Jewish Land and the Jewish People. Remember what G-d said to Abram (Bereishit Ch. 12):
1. And the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you. 2. And I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will aggrandize your name, and [you shall] be a blessing. 3. And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you." 4. And Abram went, as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him, and Abram was seventy five years old when he left Haran.
Anyone who claims to be a Torah Jew must follow this. It is so simple, so clear.

We will be a great nation when all of the Jews return; and by "return" I refer to the tshuvah, repentance, that will be in effect when all Jews return to Israel.

The only pressure that will ever have an influence over the American government is when Israel tells it that we don't care what they think and say. We will do what's right for us, the Jewish People, the Jewish Land, the Jewish State. That is how one puts effective pressure on the world. It's only when we really don't care what they think and what they say.

Yisrael, Yisrael, B'tach B'Hashem! People of Israel, trust in G-d!



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