It is forbidden for Rabbis to Make Aliyah ? (part 2 of 2) – The Times of Israel

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For Zions sake, I will not be silent

QUESTION #9: Those of us who do not feel attached to the kedusha of Eretz Yisrael; how important is it for us to make us feel connected and appreciate Eretz Yisrael?

Rav Shacter: Spend the summer in Eretz Yisrael, tour the country like they do on Birthright. All who go fall in love with Eretz Yisrael.

A professor in Scranton wrote a book of comparative religions. She bought a home near the Kollel. Mark Shapiro encouraged her to take a trip to Eretz Yisrael. All of the professors who went were goyim. They went and fell in love with Eretz Yisrael. Jews, for sure should go and visit.

Question #10: How do we view anti- Eretz Yisrael views by various sects of Judaism?

Rav Shacter: They are mishugaim ! (crazy) Mamish lunatics!

One guy from MTA High school joined Neturei Karta, he was from the Breurs community. He was told dont go to YU or you will get ruined. He went to YU and then afterwards joined Neturei Karta and got ruined.

They are all crazy lunatics.

There is no one to talk to over there. Neturei Karta used to take out a full page ad in the New York Times, every year around the time of the Israel day parade. Now they cant afford it. They are a very small organization of people; they are seen at protests and rallies.

According the ADL, Neturei Karta is an anti-Israel group with only 100 active members. They were orgininally founded in 1937 Israel, by Rabbi Aharon Katzenelbogen.

Some of their protestors are Mexican people [paid protestors], not Jews, who dress up with peyos to look like Jews.

Satmar Chassidim are also Lunatics!

They respect their Rebbe so much, that they refuse to accept that their Rebbe (Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum 1887-1979) made a mistake. The Rebbe made a mistake, unfortunately! He thought that the State of Israel was going to destroy Judaism. That was the Founders intention for the state [if Israel], to replace the [Jewish] religion. This did not occur.

There is more Torah learning today in the world because of the establishment of Medinas Yisrael. Because of Medinas Yisrael there is more shmiras HaMitzvos, then there was ever before. They keep on perpetuating their mistake of the Rebbe. The whole thing is a joke.

Rav Velvele Soleveichik also thought the Medina is going to destry everything. Its an embarrassment that Brisk keeps on reprinting his predictions they were all wrong. In the same way, the Satmar Rebbe, was wrong its an embarrassment.

You see seventy years later, all their concerns were incorrect. Torah now in Eretz Yisrael is stronger than it ever was.

Rav Willig: Reform Jews, the vanishing American Jew are a much bigger number than Neturei Karta. They may not be Halachically Jewish. They are violent anti-Israel, Liberals , Leftists. They are very dangerous.

This is similar to the feminist movement, BLM and the Democratic Party.

American support is very important for the State of Israel. The Jewish Vote had influence and these numbers are shrinking. The Orthodox numbers are growing exponentially. We are getting bigger. But the big block of Reform, Conservative, and un-affiliated [Jews]; they used to be very pro-israel. They were culturally Jewish.

As intermarriage started to grow, people become more unaffiliated and less attached to anything Jewish. And now that the left wing BDS groups [also Not in my name, J Street] are anti-Israel. Jews vote Democratic. They used to be pro-Israel, now unfortunately, they are not.

We have to daven that these people should wake up and realize that they are making a mistake. American Jews are thinking that they are Americans and not Jews. Its not going to help them, unfortunatiely, if such a thing should come to pass.

You should try to establish any type of Jewish connection with any Jew that you meet; like Jews in the workplace. Not just for kiruv, to ensure that they should be shomer Torah and mitzvos. Even if they not shomer mitzvos, they should marry Jewish. They should think Jewish, feel Jewish. They should support the State of Israel, this is very important. We are talking about millions of people not just a few people. Look on Torah Web. This topic is discussed on Existing through Holiness.

The Midrash Tanchuma understands that it says [in the Torah] Kedoshim Tihiyu, your Holy deeds give you the zechus to continue. So many great things have happened since 1948. So much learning of Torah in Eretz Yisrael, more than ever before; probably, even [more learning Torah in Israel compared to] in America.

Tens of thousands are learning in Yeshivos. This was unimaginable in 1948. Ben Gurion gave 400 guys a petur from serving in the IDF. He thought that this was the end. Its less people than Neturei Karta. It [Torah learning Jews] will be over in a few years, he thought. He did not realize the reality. He thought that he would destroy the religion. Now, there are tens of thousands learing Torah with that same petur!

At the same time, [in the USA] the rate if inter-marriage is unimaginable what it is today. We do our best to mitchazek Clal Yisrael.

End Of Shiur


G-d Chose Eretz Yisrael, He Desired it to dwell there (Tehilim 132:13)


G-d is Great in Eretz Yisrael, and he is elevated over all the nations (Tehilim 99:2)

Since this Shiur was given in 2019, The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (YU), has moved completely online. Every shiur, every chavrusa, every chaburah. (according the YU website)

Fourteen group Aliyah flights are to take place over the next three months (Nefesh BNefesh)unprecedented increase in Aliyah interest from North American Jews, with Nefesh BNefesh reporting its highest number of calls and applications this past May since the organization was founded in 2002.

What Questions are we asked in Heaven after we die?

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Rava said: When they escort a person to his final, Heavenly judgement after his death, the Heavenly tribunal says to him: Did you conduct your business transactions faithfully? Did you set aside fixed times for Torah study? Did you engage in procreation? Did you wait in hope for the Messianic Salvation? Did you delve into wisdom? When you learned Torah, did you learn it deeply, and infer from one thing from another? But even so, all this is only of limited consequence; if fear of G-d as this persons storehouse, then yes his judgment is favorable; and if it was not, then no, his judgment is not favorable. (Talmud Bavli Shabbos 31a).

Rav Hershel Shachter

Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook was once asked from where he got this deep desire to live in Israel?

Its Simple. The Chumash, he responded.

Starting from parshas Lech Lecha onwards its all about Eretz Yisrael. Israel is the main location of shmiras hamitzvos. Living in Israel is a fulfillment of a Biblical obligation.

Rabbi Chayim Soloveichik

It is a privilege to live here and that the first mitzvah given to a Jew was Lech Lecha, devoted to Eretz YisraelTo come here alive, instead of only to be buried, is something that we should all look forward to.

The Great Shofar


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It shall be on that day that a great shofar will be blown and those who are lost in the land of Assyria and those cast away in the land of Egypt, will come together and they will prostrate themselves to Hashem on the holy mountain in Yerushalayim. (Yeshayahu 27:13)

Other Opinions from A Drop in the Ocean by Rabbi Moshe Lichtman

Tosefta, Avodah Zarah 5:2

dwelling in Eretz Yisrael is equal to all the mitzvos of the Torah.


Talmud Bavli, Avodah Zara 8a

Rav Yishmael says, Jews in Chutz LaAretz are idol worshippers in purity.


Talmud Yerushalmi, Moed Kattan 3:1; Korban HaEida

a Kohen is forbidden to go to Chutz LaAretz because the Chachamim decreed ritual impurity upon the lands of the nations.

Kli Yakar, BeReishis 47:27-28 (Rav Shlomo Luntschitz 1550-1619)

they will strive to settle permanently in the lands of the nations and acquire for themselves a portion in their lands, like full fledged settlers. Thus they will despair of the redeption. [G-d] wanted to prevent them from striving to settle in the lands of the nations.

there are many simpletons who settle down in the lands of the nations and build themselves prominent paneled homes stone edifices made to last. For this reason they do not seek G-ds countenance wholeheartedly, beseeching Him to bring them to their Land . Therefore, G-d leaves them there.

Sefer HaChayim, sec. 5 Sefer Geulah, ViYeshuah, chap. 1 (p. 105) (Rav Chaim Loew 1530-1588, brother of the Marharal)

reason for this bitter exileis that many members of our nation have all but given up hope on the redemption and consider themselves permanent dwellers in the lands of our enemies. They build themselves beautiful and prestigious homes and not in the Holy Land that G-d promised to give us.

Shnei Luchot HaBrit, end of Tractate Sukkah, Shelah Hakadosh (Rabbi Isaiah Halevi Horowitz, 1558)

whenever I see Children of Israel building houses like the fortresses of noblemen, making permanent dwellings in this world, and in a defiled landThis seems, G-d forbid, like a lack of interest in the redemption.

Yalkut Reuveini, VZot HaBerachah, p.141 (Rav Avraham Reuven Hakohen Sofer 1605-1673)

[In the time of Moshiach, those who come from Chutz LaAretz will be upset when they see the Jews of Israel or more spiritual beings]

those Jews who were outside the Land and endevoured to come to Eretz Yisrael, in order to gain a pure soul and they did not take pity on their money or their bodiessince they emphasized their spirits and their souls, not their bodies and their money, their spirituality returned to them when they were resurrected, measure for measure. You, however, who could have come to Eretz Yisrael like they did, but neglected to come because of your love of money and your bodies, emphasizing them and minimizing your spirits and your souls this is why you remained physical, measure for measure. Because of your love of money, Hashem will give you moneyThis concludes the words of our master, Rav Chaim Vital.

BeReishis Rabbah 96:5, Nechmad LeMareh

those buried in Eretz Yisrael will be privileged to new life at the time of the resurrection, and they will become new beings. They will be spiritual in both body and soul, like Chanoch and Eliyahu, and they will have the power to fly like eagles, and they will go to the Garden of Eden which is also called the Tree of Life and the Land of the Living to learn Torah from the mouth of G-dThis is not true of those who remain in Chutz LaAretz, alive or dead; they will not be privileged to experience this

the Chesed LeAvraham wrotethat the resurrection of the dead will occur in Eretz Yisrael forty years before the resurrection of Chutz LaAretz. However, anyone who died in Chutz LaAretz and has a familial relative in Eretz Yisraelthat relative who is in Eretz Yisrael has the power to bring those in Chutz LaAretz to life

Talmud Bavli, Kesuvos 111a

Rav Elazar said: The dead of Chutz LaAretz will not come back to life.


in the case of someone who had the opportunity to live in Eretz Yisrael during his lifetime but opted not to, it is forbidden to transport such a person to Eretz Yisrael after his death.

Mishneh Torah (Rambam), Hilchos Melachim, chap. 12

One should not think that in the days of Moshiach any aspect of the worlds way of functioning will be annulled or that there will be a new creation. Rather, the world will continue to function as normal.

The Netzivs Approbation for Lemaan Tzion, Shivat Tzion vol.1 p.17

the Blessed One wants the Land to be settled by His nation IsraelHe wants the dispersed of Israel to settle the Land

Siddur Beis Yaakov, Sullam Beis El 3:6 (Rav Yaakov Emden, 1700s)

It is well known that a Jew must face Jerusalem when he praysevery Jew must make a firm and steadfast decision in his heart to ascend and dwell in Eretz Yisrael

For even though it [Israel] is in ruins, the Shechina never left it.

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