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Friday, September 19, 2008

Aliya - How Much Time Left?

Arutz Sheva:

Rabbi Says Window of Aliyah is Closing

by Ernie Singer

( Rabbi Pinchas Winston of says that now is a unique time in history for coming to live in Israel. Interviewed on Israel National Radio's The Aliyah Revolution, Rabbi Winston said there are two stages to the in bringing of the exiles.

The rabbi stated that the first stage happens in advance of the Messiah's arrival, quoting Jewish sources that it is "totally a function of free will. It's totally a function of a person's willingness to give up some measure of materialism for the sake of… being closer to G-d and being in the Holy Land, and walking in those footsteps our great ancestors." According to those sources, Jews coming in the first stage have benefits during Messianic times that Jews in the Diaspora won't have until the resurrection of the dead.

Rabbi Winston believes that in the 3,000 years of Jewish history, despite spiritual efforts in the Diaspora, "the exile… we have been living in usually has come to an abrupt end and not a peaceful one, in fact quite a painful one. Of course, we don't go too far back in history to see how painful that can actually be." The author of the book Geulah b'rachamim working to bring the redemption safely tied Israel to anticipation of redemption and said, "The litmus test of a person's yearning, and specifically for Eretz Yisrael, is that when the opportunity presents itself, and it will present itself for a person that yearns, they either take it or have a very, very good halachic [Jewish legal –ed.] reason to not fulfill it and if, for some reason, they're bound to stay in the Diaspora because of the halachic issue, it should pain them."

According to Rabbi Winston, the Oral Law and its interpreters say this yearning is "the key thing at this stage of history that will make all the difference in the world, whether Moshiach comes riding in a cloud, peacefully, or riding on the back of donkey, which…our commentators symbolize the Arab nations."

To listen or download the full interview, click here.


At Sat Sep 20, 10:26:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In simple terms, making aliyah is incredibly hard. I know, been there, done that. The chance of getting a job which pay's enough to support a family is fairly low. If one does not have money going in, there's not much hope. So, with prophecy, 2/3 of the world will not survive the geula. Some say 2/3 of the Jews. At any rate, what about the warnings in the Tanach of what will happen in Israel to the people when the armies hammer us right to Jerusalem? I don't think it will be an easy ride,no matter where we live. But walking into a firepan, Israel, is not what in my opinion is a smart move. The Mashiach comes from Edom, the galut, so we have just as much of a chance of surviving, as do those in Israel. I long for the day that we can return there, as having to be in the galut for employment currently, but it's not today. When haShem returns to Zion, then I will be concerned. Until then, it's all speculation on writings of which one must take with a huge grain of salt (all religions have them, and we know they are not true in those cases), but they are just that, writings and we have made many many errors in judgement because of them in history. I am not talking the Tanach in anyway. A man, Mashiach, is only the "mouthpeice" for haShem. He in himself can physically do nothing unless haShem leads the way. So we need to turn to haShem, not a man. I know I am not politically correct with some here, but we must turn to haShem first (NOT religion), and He will ensure we do. It's our choice whether or not we come easy, or like kicking and screaming children. The latter will be the case.

At Sat Sep 20, 01:33:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In simple terms, the current financial crisis in the US stems from the financial collapse of many American families who could not longer pay their dues. Shiloh, do not dissuade people to make Aliaya. What you say may be your personal experience, but it is not everybody's truth. B"H Eretz Yisrael houses some six million Jews. It is definitely possible to live here. I suggest that you consider trying again.

At Sat Sep 20, 05:35:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will consider it when it becomes our country with Jews, rid of goyim. Also, run by Torah Jews who don't sell out to the US or any other group of goyim, I did not say religious now. Until then, it's equal to spilling the seed living there in such a lost country.

At Sun Sep 21, 10:25:00 AM 2008, Blogger Devorah Chayah said...

"I will consider it when it becomes our country with Jews, rid of goyim."

So meantime, you pass up the inherent kedusha of the land and the opportunity to be as close as possible to Hashem in order to live among 300 million goyim.

No, that makes no sense at all.

At Sun Sep 21, 07:22:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devash, I do not worship soil. I am close to haShem where ever I may be. I wish the same for you.

At Mon Feb 16, 02:36:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shiloh...The Pasuk says it explicitly - "for her servants wanted her stones and her soil, they will cherish". Where does that put your last comment?


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