I must humbly disagree with the doomsday prophets. Sure, Israel suffers from big problems and major threats. But it's heaven for your soul. The fact is that here, more and more people are quietly getting closer to Hashem. In Israel, a beautifully quiet spiritual revolution is taking place. Entire communities of emuna-oriented Jews are mushrooming in places that for years never had a synagogue or a Torah scroll. Yavniel, Carmiel, and Maalot are three examples. Folks there aren't yelling at social protest demonstrations because they're talking to Hashem. Many of our good friends in the USA and Canada have made Aliya recently. I urged those who sought my advice to consider places other than Ramat Bet Shemesh and Har Nof. I sent them to Maalot, to Katzrin, and to Yerucham, where they could buy nice apartments for a song, not worry where the kids are playing and breathe clean air. I've heard no complaints, only expressions of how happy they are to be here. I firmly believe that 5773 will be a wonderful year for the Jewish people in Israel, despite the threats.
The Evil Inclination wants you to think otherwise. By the way, the EI will do anything to prevent a person from making Aliya, especially casting worry and doubt in people's hearts. The EI was active back in the time of the "Sin of the Spies", and he's still active now...
Every day, I get letters from worried parents with children in yeshivas and seminaries here in Israel. They're frantic for their children to come home to the USA or Canada because of the apparent impending danger with Iran. Other families who had planned Aliya write and ask if it's still safe to come to Israel; many are getting cold feet, especially whenever they listen to the news.
So is it safe in Israel? Let me preface my answer with a quick historical refresher of what happened a mere two decades ago:
Also featured this week (alphabetically, according to author):
Rabbi Shalom Arush: No More Fashion Show
Dr. Zev Ballen: Living the Dream
Rabbi Dovid Charlop: Balancing Body and Soul
Yael Karni: Computer Meltdown
Rivka Levy: The Gate of Love
Aaron Michael: Antidote to the Big Swindle
Zevulun Yanover: Uman? You're Fired!
We look forward to seeing all our friends in Uman later this week. Meanwhile, have a wonderful week and meaningful preparations for Rosh Hashana. May Hashem grant you all your heart's wishes for the very best.