Heroes of Israel: Rabbi Yehoshua Fass

Nefesh B'Nefesh is bringing our people home.

Directed by Shoot East

Comments (78)

(78) SCOTT G, June 2, 2013 6:03 AM


I, too, share the life long dream of moving to Israel and I am at a stage in life to make it happen. As a high school student, AIPAC sent me to the national conference in Washington, DC. I am ready to join the Israeli sense of purpose. Israel'e current issues gets my blood flowing. I am still investigating my options and I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. I am undecided regarding financing. Shall I start my own foundation or hook up with an established entity? I wish to reside in the disputed territory. I do have cousins who have made Aliyah, had lots of children, live nicely and are very comfortable in the big city. For me, I envision new housing in a new locale. Each house funded by a U.S. state. First goal = 50 houses. Next goal = another 50 houses. I am starting with the Florida house with each contributing city naming a room in the house. I have discussed the plan with a trusted mortgage firm in Israel. The recent insanity in Syria has me looking at property near that border. I have discussed contributions with JCA's from several states. Admittedly, I am one person with one passport, however, the idea seems infectious as anyone who hears the plan, after the initial shock, wants to join me. If you are reading this, you are not a victim to the new strain of the old Jewish disease --- apathy. I notice more and more each day that from my neighbor to the President, the wonder of Israel is getting less and less attention. Some say we need to tend to our home first. That is true--- Israel is our home. The Golan Heights is our land. Upon my first visit in 1977, an elderly chasid pulled me aside to say, "you Americans, keep your money. We do not want your money. We want you." Well, that simple message is now so clear. I am grateful my business has left me with frequest flyer miles so that I can mean it at the next family seder, 'Next year in Jerusalem" !!!

(77) Hinda, August 23, 2011 6:19 PM

Financial Problems

This would be ideal if one could afford it. There are many who cannot go due to the costs and are in bankruptcy or in other financial malady. If there is a will, there is a way - that is true, however, reality takes a huge bite out of a dream.

(76) Anthony Lawson, April 6, 2011 8:22 PM

How can I help?

As a Christian, I too would love to reap the benefits from G-d by helping His people. I am a youth minister in Kentucky, USA and i lead my kids into praying for the peace of Jerusalem. We are fairly poor (comparatively) but is there something we can do, even financially, to support Aliyah? How much could we give that would actually help, and where would we send it? I am amazed at the strength and determination of your people. May G-d bless you and keep you.

(75) Anonymous, February 20, 2010 9:19 PM

I made Aliyah in the summer of 2008 and Í haven't looked back since. It's just wonderful that everything here evolves around the Jewish calendar and it's great that I no longer have to listen to anti-zionist (which I believe is usually just a euphemism of antisemitism) nonsense all day long. If you want to make Aliyah, go for it!

(74) Chana Leah, February 16, 2010 6:14 PM

With God's help one day soon i want to be one of those doctors coming to take care of my brothers and sisters in our homeland! thank you for creating a way for me to fullfill this dream more easily. when i do make my moving plans i am planning on going straight to Nefesh B'nefesh for help and guidance. Thank you for all you do and may your merit in helping jews come home bring the redemption very soon!

(73) Anonymous, January 8, 2010 12:55 AM

really inspiring

I would love to go to Israel and all this video did was increase my desire to go!! May G-d bless you and continue your wonderful work!

(72) leah, September 15, 2009 10:42 AM

I made aliyah and lived ther 10 years it is amaziing place I loved every second.Circumstance and a bad decision(based on fear) brought me to The US. II encourage you all live The dream. We too shall return.

(71) Anonymous, June 21, 2009 1:05 PM

This movie made me cry, I want to make Aliya also!!

(70) Ephraim, June 11, 2009 2:15 AM

Thank You, Rabbi Fass!

Thank you, Rabbi Fass, for all you and everyone at Nefesh b' Nefesh are doing! Your work is truly inspiring, and I hope to make aliyah with my wife and 7 year old son one day soon!

(69) Andrew Golland, May 28, 2009 10:02 AM


Toda raba for the great work...you are an inspiration to us all! Kepp up the great work! Shalom from Vancouver!

(68) eighth grade girls of moriah school, May 19, 2009 2:51 PM

we are inspired by people like rabbi fass who realize that one individual can make a difference for so many. we hope to grow up to be the kinds of people that make a difference as well.

(67) mrm, May 12, 2009 7:57 PM

My family and I' would like to go back too. Wath do we need to imigrate?.Any way, even if we continue to be far away, we'll keep you, in our heart!.

(66) Ester, April 28, 2009 2:25 PM

RabbyiYehoshua Fass...


(65) moseb18, April 28, 2009 9:46 AM

where were you in the seventies and the eighties,I am 65 now, retired in Canada but not good for Israel's imigration. Any hope for me? I am still with my mind.

(64) Anonymous, April 27, 2009 11:09 AM

We appreciate what you are doing for every Jew no matter where we may live. You make us proud every day to be Jewish, we will do our best to continue to support you. Thank you G-d Bless and keep you safe.

(63) Anonymous, April 20, 2009 5:24 PM

train me to fly or work in the resettlements

Ive financially and prayerfully supported the Ethopian and Russian exodus. My children are grown now. Im cripple but able to work. Put me towork helping. Train me to fly or put me to work in the resettlements.

(62) Kristie, April 20, 2009 11:52 AM


This video is an inspiration to me. My greatesrt dream is to dwell in Isreal with my children and for us to be true "Watchmen" over her. Shalom Shalom

(61) Conrado Roxas, April 4, 2009 12:20 AM

God's plan is becoming a reality, it's very inspiring!

God's plan is becoming a reality, it's very inspiring!

(60) jason, April 1, 2009 8:18 AM

very inspiring

Great Film. Makes me feel proud to be part of the jewish people.

(59) Yosef Moshe ben Mordecai, March 31, 2009 3:30 PM

Beautiful Idea

Such an inspiring motivation to all those who wish to dwell in the holy land...I wish you the best, and may you continue to succeed in your wonderful form of G-d's work!

(58) jacques broquet Jacobissi, March 30, 2009 12:50 AM


congratulations!!! to all of nefesh B nefesh and Aish for the big contribution to all the Jews that dream to live in Israel,and other like me that have discover just recently my Jewish family i dream to dance! in Jerusalem with mi family one day! G-d belss you always and give you the power to do MORE!

(57) Klara LeVine, March 28, 2009 11:35 PM

always deeply touched

I've been here 17 years and still so moved knowing others feel as I do about this country.

(56) John Lentz, March 27, 2009 9:39 AM

I'm ready to make Aliyah

I'm a ex Navy diver,bomb disposal (EOD) instructor. I am now a critical care emergency room registered nurse (male), and coverted Jew. I want to find out more about Aliyah for me and my fiance who is also Jewish. Shalom

(55) David, March 25, 2009 12:29 PM


For those of you interested, the website is www.nefeshbnefesh.org. Good luck

(54) gali, March 25, 2009 8:39 AM

beautiful. its where we belong.

the film brought happy tears to my eyes, i too did alliya 6 years ago, it's the best thing i ever did and i never want to leave israel again. not even for a holiday.

(53) Mark Allen, March 25, 2009 12:50 AM


I think it's just wonderful, to see the zeal of all these people moving to Israel to contribute. I pray for the safety and success of each and every person striving to save Israel, Jew and Gentile alike. I'm not Jewish but, I feel so drawn to these wonderful people and pray for their protection and prosperity to the God of Israel

(52) Howard Weinstein, March 25, 2009 12:19 AM

I want to return...

Who do I contact and what must i do to start the process of making Aliyah via Nefesh B'Nefesh???... I have dreamed of doing this since 1974 after my stay at Ashdot Yaacov Meuchad in Emek Hayardan during 1973/1974.

(51) Luz Magaly Vasquez, March 24, 2009 11:25 PM

Want to live in Israel

I am a teacher of Home Economics and Spanish Language. I am also a counselor. How can I be of help in Israel. My greatgrandmother was Jewish. I will retire from teaching next year. What steps do I take to make the trip possible and make it possible for me to live there and help? Who do I contact? Thank you.

(50) Lydia Peritore, March 24, 2009 6:57 PM

You're amazing!

You and all those prepared to make aliyah are very special people. The entire Western world should be grateful for your efforts in not only defending Israel but defending the entire Western world and you fill us with hope. Behatslakha!

(49) efrain lagunes, March 24, 2009 6:28 PM


appreciated and respected Israeli brothers wish wholeheartedly defend and protect this country that Israel is holy to the source of living water of the world carefully. sr. RingMaster hernando Lagunes rodriguez

(48) Ethel Chaya Igel, March 24, 2009 5:21 PM

Very proud of what you do!

I'm so proud to say you are my "machetunims'" son-in-law and my grandchildren's uncle. Kol hakavod!

(47) molly leon, March 24, 2009 2:47 PM

Cuando vi el film, mi corazòn se lleno de alegria. Gracias por todo lo que estan haciendo. Pronto todos unidos en nuestro hogar ISRAEL

(46) Rivka, March 24, 2009 1:04 PM

To Hadassah (#36)

You are partly right. Hashem promised that living in Eretz Yisrael would not be "easy". But this all depends on one's definition of "easy" and "rosy" (the word that you used). Am I closer to Hashem than I have ever been now that I am in EY? Yes. All of the faults of my middos became much clearer to me here in EY. My path as a Jew became much clearer, which meant harder work for me to perfect my middos. There is so much fine-tuning of my neshama that comes at me every day being here. Is it, therefore, "hard"? Yes. Am I the happiest I have ever been? Yes. Do we struggle with money and finances and the language and the secular institutions and government and the wars and a myriad of other tests? Is it hard, that is, not rosy? Again, depends on one's definition of "hard". I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to experience life in all these ways. I can't imagine having any other worthwhile struggle. I don't want to have this struggle any other place on the earth. This isn't a struggle worth fighting for in America, for instance. Not for me. I want to have this struggle here in EY because this is where my neshama is clearly seeing the work that it needs (I need) to do. There is such clarity of vision here. There's no way to explain it, you have to experience it and live it. To say it's "hard", "not rosy", or "easy"--all these words are missing the point of living here. We are to be a light unto the nations here in EY and in no other place. Hashem is our protector and not the Jews living in the diaspora (sorry, I know that many feel that Jews need to be in the diaspora to keep us safe here in Eretz Yisrael, but this is not the perspective of observant Jews in EY nor is it of the Torah). There's nothing to fear with having all Jews here. We need to have bitachon in Hashem and Hashem's plan. Once you have been living here you see so clearly how Hashem is directing everything. Rabbi Fass, you are a hero. I daven that all of your efforts bear only brachot for the Jewish people.

(45) rae, March 24, 2009 12:15 PM

very inspiring and touching

(44) donna, March 24, 2009 8:10 AM

Josh, Youre amazing!

You are a vital part of the modern miracle of the state of Israel

(43) Moishe Romm, March 24, 2009 5:34 AM

Keep Going! - we're only half way there

It's clear that Hashem is shutting down the diaspora and fulfilling the prophecy of Kibbutz Galuyot. We're half way there already. Wishing you Siyyata Dishmaya to keep going. I am helping to move people's minds to get them on your planes. Yasher Koach.

(42) Chana Jenny Weisberg, March 24, 2009 3:11 AM


What an incredible, awe-inspiring response to evil. I made aliya pre-NBN, so I understand what I tremendous contribution NBN is making to new olim. What an amazing person!

(41) Jay Kaplowitz, March 23, 2009 11:21 PM

We're Proud of You

West Hempstead is proud of you.

(40) maria samperio, March 23, 2009 10:55 PM

A prayer from heart

I truly believe my roots are in Israel, from sefardites who came to America through Spain-I´m an English teacher 57,single, with a son 16.I am learning all about Israel, and praying that some say we´ll able to "go up" to Jerusalem.Please Hashem listen to my prayer¡ I feel Israel in my heart. Shalom to all. Maria

(39) Shoshana, March 23, 2009 10:53 PM

Col Hakavod Licha

Nefesh is a really important project tha t is fullfilling the prophecy of All Jews returning to Israel. I would love to make Aliya but my husband and myself are literally living from day to day. My husband is Israeli and He is always dreaming of going back for good too.When Hashem wants us to go to live there we will be ready and willing.

(38) esther, March 23, 2009 10:06 PM

im making aliyah !!!!


(37) Keren, March 23, 2009 10:03 PM

Yasher Koach for making a dream a reality for so many!

Wow! Here is the proof of what one individual can do with a matter of ratzon! Thank you so much for making so many dreams a reality. Watching this video definitely inspires one to make the move! Halevay it should be me along with all our brothers and sisters as we prepare to greet Moshiach in our Eretz Hakodesh!

(36) Hadassah Giteau, March 23, 2009 9:35 PM

What they don't tell you.....the other side of the story

Although the dream of moving to Eretz Israel is a beautiful one, what this advertisement amongst many other conceptions about Aliyah does not tell you is how many people are leaving Israel. Running away,broke in their bank books and hearts. I know a few cases where the family sold everything, used all of their savings and "made aliyah" only to find there was no work to support his family giving it a good chance, once arriving and trying.They neglect to mention the dire poverty and lack of national beneficial supplements for low income families which the govt use to supply and has cut. This advertisment is not fair. Real Life in Israel is not all that rosy.

(35) javier Blanco-Rais, March 23, 2009 9:25 PM

God bless you my brothers this picture is great!! Shalom Israel

(34) Anonymous, March 23, 2009 9:23 PM

make aliyah easier with change of government

The aliyah applications are very challenging and need too much paperwork. We hope the change of government will make aliyah easier for Jews.

(33) Tiby Eilen, March 23, 2009 7:47 PM

Beautifully inspiring!

Rabbi Fass offers a motivated group just the bit of support they need. Kol hakavod!

(32) Sue Kroopnick, March 23, 2009 6:05 PM

Excellent, Very well done.

I am repeatedly impressed with your mini videos. Keep up the good work! You are helping many people out there for sure.

(31) J LaLone, March 23, 2009 5:47 PM

My dream could yet come true!

Some have discouraged me, but with luck, perhaps I will be able to make Aliyah! I will save this information. If I can find a way, it will be within a year or two. I wish it could be next month. Maybe Dorraine Weiss can be of service to me. Ah a double Basherte!!!

(30) Rivka Chaya, March 23, 2009 4:45 PM


Having converted to Orthodox Judaism 30 years ago,the desire/dream to make Aliyah was planted as a seed by my belvoed Rabbis,Aaron M.Rine,OBM and Moses Mescheloff,OBM. Because of THEM I am Jewish. And will be making Israel my home in December 2009. And because of Rabbi Fass and NBN,the journey will be a little easier. Thank you Rabbi Fass.

(29) Anonymous, March 23, 2009 3:57 PM

It is good to know there is help when I finally get to make aliyah!

My heart aches to be in Israel! I can only visit now, though, until my son is grown because his other parent will not go nor let him go. 10 years is an awfully long time to wait!

(28) Anonymous, March 23, 2009 2:48 PM

Has time for everyone!

Last year my daughter in Grade 6 had to do a project on a personality that has had great influence on Israeli life. Rabbi Fass took the time to answer my daughter's questions and reply almost immediately to her request. Thank you so much Rabbi Fass!

(27) Sven Busch Sweden, March 23, 2009 1:51 PM

Thanks for showing this video

I love Israel, and have a jewish heart. I go to Israel every year. Often to volunteer as a dentist for the very poor children i Jerusalem. I always get more than I could possibly give. When watching this video my heart is filled with longing for "next year in Jerusalem". Thank you for giving me this moment of eternal love. Sven.

(26) ShirEl, March 23, 2009 1:20 PM


I am not Jewish but a friend of Israel and love the country. I have visited and felt like I was home. The work of Rabbi Fass is so wonderful - very moving - I cried as I watched the film. I am praying for all the Jewish people who long to "go home" to Israel. May Ha'Shem bless you all.

(25) Daniel Arendt, March 23, 2009 1:08 PM

Would That My Wife And I Could Serve In Israel!

I live in the USA, Illinois in fact, and my wife and I are very supportive here of Aish and its related concerns, would that the Lord will one day find a way for us to live in Israel without being a burden, and I think the Rabbi Yehoshua Fass video beautifully typifies what Aish and its supporters worldwide, inter-culturally, have in their one heart together.

(24) margarita, March 23, 2009 12:50 PM

May you all be blessed!

This film moves me in such a way. I want to go too to Israel. For years that I have been seeking for the Living God, now He has found me and I found out that my ancestor were, from both sides of my parents, Jewish. I knew all my life that I had some connection with the people of God and with Israel. My great grand parents were Sephardim. And when I read about what happened to them, I weep and my heart hurst. May the Lord bless all of you who are able to go back. I am 61 years old and unable to go now, but I hope in the Lord, some how I will be there one day.

(23) David Ben-Ariel, March 23, 2009 12:20 PM

Follow Judaism to Israel!

It's great to see some Jews actually follow Judaism to the Jewish homeland where they belong.

(22) rachel, March 23, 2009 12:02 PM

amazing video

I was very proud and inspired watching this video may they continue all their good works.

(21) Nikki, March 23, 2009 11:51 AM

The wish of many, an obligation to all..

Seeing this made me realise once again that moving to Israël is my ultimate goal. Right now I'm still gioer but there's no doubt in my mind that one day I'll be able to go home. The work done by Rabbi Fass and those around him is amazing, and I pray they'll be able to help many more people make aliyah. May HaKadosh Baruch Hu bless them and give them the strengt to continue...

(20) Shmuel, March 23, 2009 11:36 AM

Halachik requirement

There is a halachik requirement to live in the land of Israel, barring certain issues. A Rav must be consulted for a heter to live outside of Israel. The generally assumed heter is lack of livelihood, or just not being able to be a happy productive Jew for a variety of reasons. One must consult a very competent halachik authority, who knows your situation well.

(19) Siewert H. Ellens, March 23, 2009 11:00 AM

As a non-Jew during my last 83 years, I can only say: I was always Israels friend and I will always be a friend of Israel. Right or wrong, it will remain 'my' country.

(18) Alon Frank, March 23, 2009 10:43 AM

Rabbi Fass

We are very proud to have Rabbi Fass as our dear neighbor here in Ramat Beit Shemesh. May G-d bless him.

(17) rachel, March 23, 2009 10:23 AM

i lived in Israel from 1993 untill 2002,came back to europe leaving 2 children behind.I am thinking to move back to this beautiful country.My children are fine in Israel and will never move to nay other country in the world.

(16) Stephanie, March 23, 2009 9:56 AM


I want to move to Israel so badly! I'm not Jewish, yet, though, and I have to figure out whether to go to Israel first or finish my conversion first--I'll tell you, though, it is really tough to try to think it out and not JUST GO!

(15) Anonymous, March 23, 2009 9:49 AM

my aliyah

Please HaShem. I should be converted before Yom Kippur this year after 3 yrs learning. I always thought I was a Jew, from 5 yrs old, now I will be,then without doubt, Israel.

(14) Feigele, March 23, 2009 9:34 AM

All your Eggs in One Nest!

Is not only for money but for people too. Although I am greatly in favor for moving to Israel, as I have been there, loved it and felt this was home, I am not certain that it would be beneficial and wise for all the Jews to live in one place. It would give the Arabs and all the anti-Semites more chances to destroy us. And, also, there wouldn’t be any Jews left to support and stand up for Israel in their own countries. There must be a backup of Jews in every other country in order to maintain a right balance in the world. For those of us who are not privileged to move to Israel, it is still a comfort knowing that It is there, and in a way supports and encourages us all over the world by standing high in the world. I don’t believe that G-d intend for us to all move in one place, since we have traveled all over the world for centuries and were able to maintain our origins.

(13) John Lentz, March 23, 2009 9:32 AM

my dream is to move to Israel

May G-d bless all of you for your efforts. I'm a 60 year old Vietnam combat veteran who now is an emergency room trauma Rn, as well as newly converted Jew. My goal is to come to Israel and give something back to the people of Israel. G-d bless all of you.

(12) Nechama, March 23, 2009 9:18 AM

We came 45 years ago

We had the privilige to move here 45 years ago. Problems? You bet! So what? Hashem wants us to do what's right. That doesn't mean it's always easy. Today we have 9 married children, bless them and a host of grandchildren and loads of nachas. We're so happy we took the big step. Love from Israel.

(11) Ed Elk, March 23, 2009 9:12 AM

Catholic Pro-Israel

I am a Roman Catholic(not by name only)( I actually practice every Sunday)I have followed Aish website very closely and really enjoy this site for the news and articles. I have a real concern for Isreal under this current administration. Isreal has the right to exist and as far as I am concerned is the promise land. Peace will only come when the rest of the world understands this. Peace and best wishes for the promised land. I will be praying for you.

(10) yaakov, March 23, 2009 9:03 AM

how can i help

have been advocating aliya as a group and i believe your infrastructure and resources is the way to go. we are ready, let the people be aware!
regards yaakov

(9) Anonymous, March 23, 2009 4:31 AM

YOU Can Make Redemption Happen

G-d promised that Redemption will happen, in HIs mercy, once Eretz Israel fills with all of klal Yisrael. Come home before Obama wipes out your 401K and before terrorists attack the rest of the world. Use your funds and all your strengths for Kiddush HaShem. Apply to Nefesh B''Nefesh before you lose the chance. *or* your life.

(8) Moshe Rosen, March 22, 2009 7:38 PM

staying or moving

Interesting video on reasons to move to Israel. However, I don't think every Jew is so comfortable with making aliya over there due to the political situation with Hamas and the Palestinians who seem to want to ruin Israel more than a wet blanket. Even so, I've been to Israel twice before, and the only reason why I may disagree with committing aliya over there is due to the likelihood I would have to be drafted in the Israeli army. Are there any alternatives, even for young men if they decide to spend the rest of their life in Israel? I'm certainly all for the Jews uniting, so how do we eliminate and deplete anti-Semitism, even though the Arab world and mainstream society tends to profoundly object to our ways of life? Is it possible to change anti-Semites into philo-Semites via education?

(7) Barry / Ipswich / Australia, March 22, 2009 4:01 PM

It is written, "This is what the Sovereign Lord says'I will beckon to the gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples, they will bring your sons in their arms, and carry your daughters on their shoulders' " Isaiah 49:22, " 'I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,' says the Lord your God." Amos 9:15 Just as it was written thousands of years ago, the people of Israel are being returned to their land.

(6) Andria, March 22, 2009 3:57 PM

Thank you so much for these videos.

What a positive impact all of the heroes have made!! May Hashem bless you all.

(5) Shira, March 22, 2009 1:48 PM


I'm on my way!!

(4) Karen Factor, March 22, 2009 10:27 AM

I loved this videa

I lived in Israel from 1982-1984.

(3) Naftali Rischall, March 22, 2009 10:10 AM

Well deserved - he has changed our lives and so so many others

Without Nefesh B'Nefesh we would have never made aliyah. This mans vision and action is changing Israel and helping many others to achieve the dream of living in Israel. To say I have had admiration for Rabbi Fass would be an understatement. He is truly a hero of Israel.

(2) Dorraine Weiss, March 22, 2009 7:37 AM

We made aliyah last July NBN and are glad we did.

I came with my husband, 96 year old mother-in-law and 88 year old father. We wanted to be near our 6 grand-children and in our hearts we were always Zionists. Our life here is so rich with daily pleasures. I was told when you come to Israel you can look to fulfill your dreams. I have become a matchmaker and see the possibilties of helping to create new Jewish families in our homeland. Each person that moves here can make a difference. Thank you NBN for helping make the move possible and a pleasure. We all need to be in our homeland.

Dorraine Gilbert Weiss
NBN 7.10.08

(1) Ezza Amittai, March 22, 2009 7:20 AM

I want to go!

It has been coming into my heart and mind every day lately, to make Aliyah. This video makes me want to do it even more. It lights me up to think of this country that encourages us and wants our skills. And to think of going home.....


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