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Why Not Save Yourselves the Pain?

By Tzvi Fishman
10/25/2009, 12:00 AM

Like I have written, I am only pointing out what any eight year old knows. Give the Torah portion of “Lech Lecha” to any eight-year old to read, and then ask him where Hashem wants Abraham and his descendants to live. Ten out of ten kids will answer, “In the Land of Israel.”   

After all, Hashem could have arranged things so that Avraham was born in Israel, and not in the Diaspora. But by having Avraham born outside of the Land, and then  telling Avraham to leave his birthplace for the Land of Israel, G-d is setting forth an example for The Jewish People for all generations to come, making it clear that even if a Jew is born in the Diaspora, he is supposed to immigrate to Israel, just like his forefather Avraham.

Did I say eight-year old? I think that even a six-year old can understand that.

Besides, the Land of Israel is such a wonderful place. I shouldn’t have to convince people, or sell its attractions. For someone who really wants to live a Jewish life, this is the address. How can you compare a few Jewish bakeries and falafel shops in a dirty neighborhood in Brooklyn with an entire Jewish Land? You can’t.

And if the positive attractions of being in G-d’s chosen Land are not enough for you, then please realize what’s in store for you if you settle down (and sink) permanently in the Diaspora. If you hope to be a part of the resurrection of the dead, then your bones are going to have to roll through a painful underground tunnel, thousands of excruciating miles to get to the Land of Israel, because the resurrection of the dead is only going to happen here.

Don't wait till the last minute!

As the Zohar teaches: “For when the days comes on which the Holy One Blessed Be He raises the dead to life, He will physically recreate all of those dead who have been buried in strange lands. But G-d will not restore their souls to them save in the Land of Israel,  as is written, ‘Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people, and I will bring you into the Land of Israel,’ (to which they will roll through subterranean passages, and then) ‘I will put My spirit in you, and you shall live’ (Ezekiel, 37:12-14; Zohar, Bereshit 69A).

The description of that painful underground journey is too gory to quote in this blog.

So why come here the hard way when you can fly here now in air-conditioned comfort and avoid all of the ugly bruises and broken bones?