Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Pointed Question

Last week, a friend asked me an intriguing question. Given that there are so may things I love about Israel, would I be as interested in making aliyah if I didn’t understand it to be a mitzvah – that is, Gd’s explicit instruction to the Jewish people? So I asked him, “If it wasn’t for the mitzvah element, would you still keep kosher?”

My answer to his question, and his answer to mine, were the same.

Probably not.

Since I have come to understand the preciousness of Israel in the Eyes of Gd, I have come to look to Israel with loving eyes. But what drives my intense desire for a life in Israel? Only that Gd wants me there.

After all, I don’t even like falafel.

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