Who Will Make Aliyah?

I estimate that of all the eligible-for-aliyah people who read my blog post, “Obama Won’t Let Pollard Out of US” (See 29 July 2015), around 80% will either not agree with me, think it doesn’t apply to them or their family and friends, or rationalize away why it’s not pertinent to their lives at this time.

Of the remaining 20%, about 5-8% will be positively affected by my words to the point where they won’t discourage someone else from making aliyah and may even start thinking that perhaps they or their children should at least think about it. However, they will not be motivated or committed enough to overcome the forces and strains of life that surely will keep them from going beyond that stage.

That leaves only 12-15% of my readers who I believe actually will attempt to make aliyah:  not because my exhortation has given them an epiphany (Oh, that it were so!) but because they’ve already been convicted about it and I’m just another small piece of the puzzle that helps someone make a major life decision.  Those in this group already have a special feeling for Israel, perhaps have visited before, and feel an attraction to the Land.  Even so, barely two-thirds of them – or 10% of my readers overall – will likely find themselves on that fateful plane ride to Ben Gurion Airport.

So, I’m estimating that only one in ten will make aliyah.

Mazal tov!  The rest of this post is for that one in ten.

(For the other nine of you: it’s not easy being a Proud Hebrew while still living in the Diaspora.  But, neither is it impossible, so future posts will be with you in mind, as well!)

The significant life transition of moving to a whole new culture certainly is formidable.  Even after making aliyah, without a strong commitment and true desire to have a new life in the Land of your forefathers, you may be tempted to “go back to Egypt.”  So, keep your eyes wide open.  After all, you will be moving to the Middle East!  It all may seem very daunting so it’s a good idea to have a plan and to start preparing now.  Read about Israel; talk to “people in the know”; learn conversational Hebrew; start gathering your Jewish heritage paperwork; become part of a community that also is planning aliyah or already is in the Land; make a pilot trip.

Dream big and pray for guidance each step of the way.

Finally, get excited because a prophetic, meaningful future awaits you in an amazing country.

Obama Won’t Let Pollard Out of US

The title of this post is the same as the title of an article that appeared in the 29 July 2015 online edition of Arutz-7/Israel National News Service.

I couldn’t help imagining – when I saw this title – that it was an ominous “prophetic warning” of what very well could happen to other American Jews in the not-too-distant future.

Have you ever considered that there could be a day when the US government would not allow you to leave (e.g., the Soviet Union and Jewish Refuseniks in the 1970s)?

I know this possibility seems very remote.  Still, don’t “ignore the signs.”  The United States has become a country that admits it would help a terrorist regime like Iran fight against Israeli efforts to harm its nuclear plans!  It’s a country that does not acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital!  It’s a country that’s withheld weapons from Israel in times of war.  And, it’s a country that, in countradistinction to the words of HaShem in our TANAKH, tells Israel our settlements are illegal and should be stopped!

I know each and every one of you has a “complicated situation.”  I know there are circumstances and forces preventing you from moving to Israel now.  I know you’re planning to do it at some time in the future (right after you graduate, when your loved one doesn’t need you anymore, when the kids grow up, when you retire, etc., etc.)  I know these reasons because it took me forever to get here!  But, I truly believe TIME IS RUNNING VERY SHORT.

“But, we’ve been preserved by HaShem in the Diaspora for over 2,000 years!”  Yes, because the nations of the world would not let us come – plus, there was no real place to come to.  But, since 1948 we have our miraculously restored Jewish State and we NO LONGER HAVE A REALISTIC EXCUSE not to come.  Yes, there are “giants in the Land,” and every force in Hell wants to keep us from coming here, living here, thriving here.  BUT … It’s G-d’s will that the Jewish People possess and settle the Land of Israel.

Aliyah, Just Do It

Remember Esther 4:13-14:  “Mordecai had this message delivered to Esther: ‘Do not imagine that you, of all the Jews, will escape with your life by being in the king’s palace.  On the contrary, if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis.'”

Please, think seriously and anew about this issue! Events will march on and destiny will play out – will you and your household help shape and become part of the Jewish People’s future, or will you end up on the ash heap of history?  If the former, you’re well on your way to becoming a Proud Hebrew.

 

Why do We Need a Jewish Revolution?

We’re a people over 3,400 years old, yet we need a revolution.

What do you mean we’re a “people”?  Isn’t being Jewish a religion?  “Yes” but not just.  You don’t have to follow the Jewish religion to be Jewish; even though the word “Jewish” comes from the meaning “one who praises G-d.”  Whereas every religion is man’s attempt to define and worship his concept of the Divine, G-d Himself defined the Jew and gave him the statutes and commandments he is to follow, even the precise holy days he is to honor.

Though a Jew, by definition, “praises G-d,” you don’t have to be religious to be a Jew.  It’s in your BLOOD – and if you forget that, the world will remind you.  It can’t be rubbed off or covered over … even if you choose not to acknowledge it. Hitler took every person who had ONE JEWISH GRANDPARENT.  That included people who didn’t know the first thing about being Jewish.  It included people whose parents had converted to Catholicism long before their birth.  What the heck?

Why should we be different from any other people?  Ah, there is the rub.  “Because G-d chose us.”  NO … don’t say the “C” word!!!  Calling ourselves the “Chosen” People has gotten us into all kinds of trouble!  After all, everyone else wants to be chosen.  How dare the sniveling Jew??!!  But wait, we didn’t “choose to be chosen.”  G-d Himself did it.  Why?  He specifically wanted a small group of otherwise insignificant people, through whom He’d reveal Himself.

I’m sorry, that’s just a lot of pompous self-aggrandizement.  I don’t believe the Bible anyway.

“You can’t argue with the facts, Ma’am.”  History tells the story of the Jewish people.  From our dramatic beginnings at the bottom of Mount Sinai, we have settled in and blessed virtually every nation of the world.  From Egypt to Persia to Spain to Germany … in nearly every land we lived, we rose to the top, only to be later enslaved, banned from, or killed by these same societies!

The Book of Exodus starts, “There arose in Egypt a pharaoh who knew not Joseph” (didn’t know his history!)  Herein lies the proverbial “story of our lives.”  But, we don’t need a Jewish Revolution because the nations of the world forget how much we have blessed them (Not because we’re so great, but because G-d set it up that way.  Genesis 3:12)  We need a Revolution because WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO WE ARE.