The Jews of America

Israel AmericaDuring my recent recruiting trip to America I spent Shabbat in a large Jewish community of international renown. After discussing Israel and aliyah with a number of the people in the community I turned to my host and said “my experience in shul this morning was very upsetting”.

I explained what I meant:
It would have been comforting if everyone in shul was talking during the davenning. Then I could have said “Oh, those Jews in America- all they do is talk in shul”.

It would have been comforting if the davenning was rushed. Then I could have said “Oh, those Jews in America- they don’t even know how to daven with proper kavannah (intent)”.

It would have been comforting if people would have ignored me and wouldn’t have said “hello”, “goot shabbos” and “where are you from”. Then I could have said “Oh, those Jews in America- they’re so rude”.

But that’s not what happened.

The davenning was quiet. The shul was imbued with a sense of respect and intent. Almost everyone – young and old, was kind, friendly and warm. That, I explained, is very discomforting. Sure – it’s great that there are Jews conducting themselves in accordance with the principles of common courtesy and Jewish law. The problem isn’t what they’re doing – it’s where they’re doing it.

We need Jews – all Jews – in our Home-Land. The more the Jews know how to act as Jews, the more we need them. The Jews of America have built an amazing culture, society and community. The problem is that they built those things in the wrong place.

It’s not the first time this happened. We’re about to celebrate the the Exodus of the Jewish People from Egypt. Egypt was the first example of many – the world’s superpowers, designed, developed and enhanced by the Jews living in their lands. Yoseph made Egypt the world’s superpower at that time, only to find his descendants enslaved by the country that he created. There were the Babylonians, the Spanish, the Germans and many more – each of whom prospered through the work and commitment of the Jews in their midst. Today it is America: with 40% of World Jewry amongst them the United States of America continue to prosper.

I am not discussing the ultimate demise of America, nor the ultimate need for Jews to leave their temporary place of dwelling – those, though forthcoming, are of no interest to the motivated and committed Jew.

Instead, I am addressing the logic of the American Jew, to his internal sense of purpose and to his need to make his life worthwhile. The question is all too obvious. While everyone seems busy building a beautiful Christian society for the people of America, who is building a society for the Jews? Who is cultivating our Land, our People and our Torah? If the Jewish People are so talented, moral and refined shouldn’t they be investing their traits and G-d-given gifts towards their own development – towards their own survival?

We need the Jews- all of the Jews – to invest themselves in building our Home. When we all Return to the Land, when we join together, we will see what it means to live as the Jewish People, in the Jewish Land. As for the other nations- don’t worry about them. Once we begin tofunction as a developed society they will learn from our example.

Join our forces, and make the world a better place.


3 Responses to “The Jews of America”

  1. 1 Pesky Settler April 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    “Geula Girl has a question regarding a photo of a construction site. I think it might be in Ariel, but I’m not 100% sure. Maybe you know?

  2. 2 arielaliyah April 13, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    That is accurate. It’s a picture taken from within the last week and a half.

  3. 3 Mike May 24, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I agree with this article, I wish all jews would go to israel also.

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