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Next Year in Jerusalem

We sing the song, but do we mean it?

Published: March 25, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 21

(17) Éric, June 1, 2012 2:27 AM

Meh...

I already immigrated once to a country. It takes a lot out of you. It takes years to get accustomed to a new culture, new language, etc... Even when you're truly motivated, it is taxing. And then there is the painful distance between you and your loved ones. It's not easy, and I haven't even dived into the financial aspects. As much as I love Israel, I don't think I would go there permanently unless I were forced to for my safety.

(16) Anonymous, April 1, 2012 3:16 AM

Thank you Lori for your powerful words that have brought awareness to my eyes. I would like to request of you to follow up on your speech and express how one can come to love Eretz Yisroel, and really truly want to be in our Land in the Upcoming year. What can one do to express those feelings of longing?

(15) Rachel, March 29, 2012 2:02 AM

I mean it, but it will take a miracle

While all Jews may be legally entitled by the Israeli government to make aliyah, that doesn't mean it's feasible for everyone. Neither my husband nor I speak Hebrew, housing in Israel is expensive, we are educating our children, he has a good job here and absolutely no prospects of one there -- the list goes on and on. I don't understand the comments from people who think many/most American Jews have the wherewithal to pick up and move. As we look forward to retirement, we may well consider living outside the US -- but it would likely be in a country with a much lower cost of living, and Israel is nearly as expensive as the US. Furthermore, we have no family or close friends in Israel. And the culture is so brusque, it's intimidating. Maybe once you live there it's different, but on my only visit, I felt perpetually overwhelmed and often harassed because of the cultural differences. Actually, I think israeli culture is very different from what I think of as American Jewish culture, which is much more polite. Of course that's not everything, but one can understand how an Israeli might feel more at home in North America than an American Jew might feel in Israel.

Sj Grossman, May 6, 2012 4:18 PM

I agree with Rachel.

I agree with Rachel and appreciate her perspective. And, I have no inclination whatsoever to make aliyah. I find most Israelis to be very brusque and their abrasiveness just rubs my sensibilities the wrong way. Next Year in Jerusalem is a phrase I boycott saying, because I dont want it, I dont believe it, and I cannot bring myself to say what I dont feel genuinely in my heart.

(14) Ayalah Haas, March 28, 2012 11:21 PM

"Don't You Miss Israel?"

So sad that, for all of his riches, Mr. Yerida-from-Tel-Aviv is building a posh home in an upscale neighborhood … in Chutz L’Aretz. No amount of money (or anything) would entice me to trade places with him. He doesn’t want to live in Israel because of all the problems “there!?” Dude, every country and every neighborhood has its problems. Yes, the United States has been an incredible friend to the Jews and the Jewish State, but even the US has major problems – too numerous to mention. The United States is unfortunately on the brink of major conflict between the vast Christian and Muslim populations. The US will probably, regrettably no longer be a safe haven for Jews. If you don't believe are prophets, then just look at history. Please, please come home to Israel while you can do so with bracha! Everywhere you turn in Israel, homes are being built to accommodate those Jews who are flocking here. Yes, the Israeli government is far from perfect; so come home to Israel and be part of the solution! Live here and participate: study, work, explore, find your bashert, and VOTE. Imagine living in a land where you can fearlessly wear a kippa (if you want), and celebrate Holidays unapologetically because all of your neighbors are ALSO honoring Pesach, Rosh Hashanah, and Sukkot. It’s worth it to come to Israel if only to experience that incomparable connection to our Creator, the kind of palpable connection so many of us feel more intensely in Israel than elsewhere. … I feel so sorry for all of you in Chutz L’Aretz. You are missed. Return to the land of your Soul. THIS year in Jerusalem.

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