Sunday, January 24

Israel: Just Jew it (developing post)

Which is to say that I'm returning to Israel, to resettle after three amazing years working and living here in Georgia among some pretty amazing folks, both in Atlanta and elsewhere, statewide.

Atlanta skyline. (Dave Bender, All Rights Reserved)

Rav Kook wrote:
"When people are asked why they are unwilling to settle in Eretz Yisrael [The Land of Israel] right now, they have all types of cheshbonot - calculations - as to why now is not the time.

One says his chesbon is that his children need to finish school or college; another's chesbon is that he has to vest his pension, and so on.

If we look in the Torah, though, we will see that before the Jewish people entered Eretz Yisrael, they first killed the King of Chesbon.

Once the King of Chesbon is killed, the decision to move to Eretz Yisrael becomes easy."
In more contemporary terms:

This post will be developed and expanded, as I try to get more nuanced feelings about this whole process of being here and there down on pap- 'er, blog...

Sunset panorama outside the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem's Old City. (Dave Bender, All Rights Reserved)

Comments welcome.


Mort said...

Ya'ashar koachacha Dave......your post on Rav Kook's comments oare right on.....your skyline picture of downtown Atlanta is beautiful, but not even 1/10 as beautiful as the skyline of Yerushalayim, the Kotel, shaar Yaffo, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Nachal Maor (where I live a few months each year), and almost any othger picture of Eretz Israel. B'sha'a tovah Dave, and best wishes for klita Callah

Judy Lash Balint said...

Your pictures are simply amazing. Three years away is enough, Dave...nsiya tova. See you on this side of the pond...


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