Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, the founder of Ohr Yitzchak, Ateres Naava Seminary for Girls, and Ohr Naava Women's Institute in Brooklyn, called on American Jews to leave the United States and to make Aliyah to Israel.
"All of us, we all need to get out of here," Rabbi Wallerstein said in a video recording of one of his lectures which was posted online. "It's not for us anymore everybody. It's just not for us. We don't belong here."
"It's not for us physically, it's not for us mentally, it's not for us emotionally. Hashem (G-d) took away a lot of the money that was keeping us here, the education that was keeping us here. You want to ZOOM, if you're in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel), ZOOM to your rebbeim (rabbis) in America," he added.
"Hashem, help us. I should have the koach (strength) to lead you," he said. "It's written in all the sefarim (holy books), what's gonna happen. Whoever's stuck in galus (exile) when Mashiach (the messiah) comes, some of us are not even going to make it to Eretz Yisrael, and it's the best place" for Jews.