The Land Is Very, Very Good.
I just returned from E”Y yesterday. And not a single post for the two weeks I was there.
In reflection, I think its because I just didn’t read the news and didn’t have time to write about what I was experiencing. Its as if when a person is outside the land, reading and thinking about news about E”Y becomes a means of connecting to the land and its people.
And so, here I sit again to write. . .
Some Important Things I learned on this trip
- E”Y is the King’s Palace – A person must have great reverence for where one is standing when they are in the Land. Especially important is the need to learn Torah when in the land. To be in the land without learning Torah is to be uncovered and naked.
- To do a Mitzvah because its a Mitzva – While it is true, for example, that giving charity is “right” and “good”, ultimately, it is only right and good because its a Mitzvah, the King’s command. The only truth is that a Mitzvah is G-d’s will and command, and as such we do it.
- There is Less Gravity in E”Y – America has more anti-spiritual gravity than in E”Y. America is like Jupiter, E”Y is like Earth. People who persevere and strive religiously in America are building very strong spiritual muscles. When they hit the land in E”Y they can take off. But over time the lower gravity in E”Y can cause spiritual muscles to weaken and atrophy without knowing it. To continue striving in E”Y, a person must constantly make extra efforts in Torah learning, Mitzvah observance, and Tshuva in order to maintain and build muscle tone. Only then can a person continually elevate and benefit from of the E”Y’s lower anti-spiritual gravity.
- E”Y Needs A King – Yishuv E”Y faces extremely complex internal and external problems. Only a trustworthy, righteous, and undisputed King can resolve these problems and heal the Yishuv.
- Many In The Land Are Worthy – residing in the Land is a great merit. I believe I was shown that, in fact, many in the land currently merit to receive the face of the Divine Presence. This is good news for the Jews living in E”Y.
Thank you HaShem for giving me the opportunity to return to the Land again in my lifetime. And thank you to all my old and new friends for your tremendous hospitality and graciousness.
I pray we should all continue to have the merit of spending more time in E”Y, together with all the Jewish people who, today and tomorrow, love HaShem, his Torah, and his Land.