Sunday, September 18, 2011
Blind to Spiritual Economies
My Hebrew tutor is the daughter of Iranian immigrants, married to an American oleh. Her English is excellent, so if I get stuck, I use the occasional English word to communicate an idea.
I was telling her about an email I received from someone who calls himself, "LOST IN NEW JERSEY". I don't know his real name, but he is a young married man with two small children under the age of 3. His neshama knows that he belongs in Israel, but he's afraid to make aliyah primarily because he's worried about how he's going to make a living. In America, his wife has a job, though he does not. His American rabbis are not encouraging him. The core of his question is this:
"Does HakbHu really expect me to just pick up move and believe that "don't worry everything will work out fine when I get to Eretz Yisrael"? Can I really expect Hashem to do that for me?"
My answer to him was lengthy and I don't intend to reproduce it here. But I made one point that bears repeating, especially after what my tutor taught me today.
Unemployment in Israel stands at 5.5%, a figure that is historically low. By comparison, unemployment in the US is above 9% - close to double.
A lot of American Jews are still operating under an old paradigm. And this is how my tutor explained it to me (in the name of a Rav, a Mekubal, whose name I didn't quite get):
When the majority of Jews lived in America, Hashem sent a shefa, an overflow, of material blessing to the US. However, since the majority of Jews now live in Israel, the direction of the flow has shifted. Israel's economy is strong and getting stronger. The economies of the US (and Europe and Russia) are in decline. One doesn't have to be a Torah Jew to see how clear this is. Just watch the news.
There was a time when it was a very legitimate question to worry about parnassa, about livelihood, when leaving the US and coming to Israel where material life was, without a doubt, much, much harder. But now?! Now it's the opposite.
Unfortunately, some people are still blinded by the old paradigm. They are blind to spiritual economies. They can't see that the direction of the bracha has changed. But from here, it is so clear!
The economy of a country is based on spiritual principles. Material abundance is received where Hashem sends it down.
The majority of Jews live here now, so we in Eretz Yisrael are benefiting from the bracha being gradually redirected - from America to Israel. May it grow clearer and clearer to more and more Jews every day.
Posted by Rivkah Lambert Adler at 1:02 PM