Monday, October 10, 2005

Being Free from Galus

I am a Jew in Galus. I therefore am fully qualified to tell other Jews in galus why it is not the place for the them to be. Problem #1) I keep a strict kashrus diet, and I live in Texas. Anyone who has ever lived away from a large Jewish population knows that keeping kosher in such an area is very expensive, and will eat up a large part of your check every week. It's economic stupidity to do such a thing. A grochery store outside of Israel almost makes you dedicate your first born for them to stock the shelves with kosher items. G-d forbid that you make the request for glatt meat, because they will laugh you out the door. Solution #1) Make aliyah, such problems do not exist in a Jewish nation. A Strict kosher diet is easy to fulfill simply by walking to the nearest Israeli grochery store. All the stores stock a wide array of kosher goods. ============= Problem #2) In galus you are an outcast and a stranger to those around you. You are constantly asked what those "little strings" that hang from your shirt are, and they want to know what the "little cap" that you wear signifies. No matter how times you explain to them what a kipah and tzitzis are, they will always stare at you as though you are a foreigner. They will never understand, and they will always see you as someone who is out of place. Solution #2) Make aliyah, then no one will ever ask you again why you wear what you wear, nor will they see you as a foreigner. You will have found you place. ============= Problem #3) Your non-Jewish boss will never understand why you won't work between Friday and Saturday night. You can waste your breath explaining to him the significance of Shabbos, and the importance of the covenant, but he will never understand. He will always see you as a slacker who won't work when everyone else will. Solution #3) Make aliyah, and then your days of explaining shabbos will come to an end. Instead of wasting oxygen defending yourself for being shomer shabbos, you can breath that same air in Hashem's beloved Eretz HaKodesh. You can fulfill the mitzvah of rest with peace of mind. ============= Problem #4) As a Jew in galus, everytime you head to the voting booth, you vote for things that have no concrete bearing on you or your children's future. You are voting for a politicians who does not have the Jewish people's best interests at heart. You may call yourself an American, Brit, or Frenchman, but you are not such. You are a Jew, and you do not belong where you are at. The foreign nation where we were banished to was a temporary measure set forth by Hashem as a punishment, they were not given to us as a permanent home. That punishment has come to an end, and we have been called home. The need for exile has ceased to exist. Solution #4) Make aliyah, and everytime you vote, you will be affecting your children's, children's, children's future. Every vote you cast has a deep impact on our survival. Most importantly you are voting in a Jewish nation for Jewish leaders whose majority constituency are fellow Jews. We don't need lobbying groups in our own nation. ============== Problem #5) Jewish day schools and yeshivot are incredibly expensive in galus. Worst of all, it's often neccesary to send your children off alone hundreds or thousands of miles away for them to get a good Jewish education. For most families in galus, financial success is a must in order for them to be able to afford Jewish education. Solution #5) Make aliyah, and you will be surrounded by a Jewish educational system. There will no longer be a need for you to scrape for pennys in order to provide your children the Jewish education they deserve. Best of all, these schools are all in your own neighborhood, and you will not go broke in providing this to your children. ============== Problem #6) The next reason to blame Jews for the problems of the goyim is always right around the corner. As long as you are there to be blamed, they will gladly find an opportunity to burden you with their biggotry. It doesn't matter where you live (yes, even America), we have always been the scapegoats of the world for their problems. The next pogrom is always waiting in the wings to strike at Jews in galus. Solution #6) Go home to Israel, make aliyah. With the re-establishment of a Jewish nation we are no longer able to be forced into ghettos, nor do we have to bow to the hordes of anti-semites. We are once again a free people under the protection of our eternal covenant. To remain in galus without plan to make aliyah is to deny your role in our sacred pact with G-d. We have no future in exile, only a past. Now is the time to seize what is rightfully ours and go forward and embrace the covenant, and let our enemies know that our G-d's promises are eternal and unbreakable. When we allow Hashem the reason to bless us, He is sanctified throughout the nations by His fulfillment of the promises He made to us. It is through G-d's blessing of us that the world is blessed as well. When we tiniest of nations are uplifted to the stature of greatness, the world will truly know that our G-d is indeed their G-d as well. Therefore, you must make aliyah, because you cannot fulfill this destiny in exile. This manifestation can only be fulfilled in the land that was promised to our father Avraham. So now you need to ask yourself, "What am I waiting for" and "What am I doing to prepare myself for aliyah".


Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/10/2005 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, i go soon too, i am tired of life in galut. it would save me money on day school for sure. we had to send our oldest to ny.

10/10/2005 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

ZR: Kol HaKavod on this brutally honest post! May you be zocheh to move to Eretz Yisrael this year.

Drop us an email, guests are always welcome at the muqata!

We'll leave the light on for you.

10/11/2005 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Ze'ev said...

Great post. I agree with your soloution wholeheartedly. I wouldn't say that making Aliyah will solve every single one of your issues - as we have our fair share of challenges here... but this is where the Jewish People are menat ot be, and the challenges that we face here are our own...

I 2nd the shabbat invitation that Jameel offered. Plenty of room by me as well (hope you like chulent).

10/11/2005 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Tovya @ Zion Report said...

Thank you both of you. I will certainly be taking you guys up on your offers (which at this point means I have a years worth of free shabbos meals due to all the invitations I have accepted).

The most exciting prospect for me in making aliyah is rejoining old friends, and meeting the new ones face-to-face that I have met online.

May that time be soon!

10/11/2005 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am definitely a goy but I love the Jewish people and I apologize for the people who make it difficult for you to eat kosher, observe Sabbath, etc. I've been to Israel and I'm definitely rooting/praying for it to become a Jewish nation. Could someone please define Galus for me? I was listening to the band Matisyahu when I heard the word and was searching for the definition when I came across this site.

9/15/2008 09:35:00 AM  

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