Sunday, March 28, 2010
Before It's Too Late
An endless loop of questions. All in my head.
The other feeling about moving to Israel doesn't live in my head at all.
It lives in my soul.
Rabbi Nachman Kahana, Rabbi Pinchas Winston and Rabbi Moshe Lichtman. I love to wrap their words around me, to reassure myself that this is absolutely the right move, indeed, the only correct move, for our family.
My rabbis remind me that the world is shifting beneath my feet. That Jewish history is moving ahead, inexorably, toward Redemption. That, while it is always a good thing for a Jew to live in Israel, the current times demand that we get there as soon as possible... for our own good and for the future well-being of our families.
The approaches of my three rabbis differ. One is exceedingly forthright in declaring life in America today downright dangerous for Jews. One argues that the ideal condition for a Jew is lived in Israel and questions why, so many years after 1948, all serious Jews aren't already there. One reminds me to look at the patterns in Jewish history and draw my own conclusions.
I love all three approaches, but I resonate most with the plain-spoken, least politically-correct one. Week after week, he all but screams, "Can't you see that you're in the path of an oncoming train wreck?? GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!"
I sit with at least two simultaneous feelings about moving to Israel. One is genuine concern about how hard it might be. In response, I expend lots of energy planning our aliyah, so that we will, hopefully, avoid at least the major pitfalls.
And the other is a resolute certainty that this move must be made and made now. In response, I watch the political, economic and historical trends swirling around me and assure myself that, no matter what others in my life choose for themselves (and no matter how long it takes me to speak a competent Hebrew), this is truly what Gd wants from me.
I thank Gd we are getting the chance to do this now.
Before it's too late.
Posted by Rivkah Lambert Adler at 7:52 AM