Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Living In The Holy Land
Every so often, I ask myself if I could see myself making aliyah. I worry about finding a job, separating from my friends and family, and wondering if I could find the right neighborhood where I would fit in.
But then I read a story like this, and I realize that maybe it is better here in the triefia medina. We don't have to deal with garbage like this.
Rabbi Natan Weinfeld, a Viznitz Hassid and popular teacher of the daily Talmud page (daf yomi) in Rehovot, said the changes, which he helped initiate, were aimed at eliminating certain severe halachic prohibitions. He refused to elaborate, saying there was a halachic prohibition against publicizing the story because it was slander and would cause a desecration of God's name. Wienfeld also hinted that petitioning the secular district court was prohibited according to Jewish law.
I’m so flummoxed by that statement that I don’t know where to begin. It’s assur to go to a secular court to get Egged to change the bus lines? Huh? Should they be taken to a Din Torah instead?
In other areas we have similar mishugasim. They don't exist just in EY.
To paraphrase R. Ozer Glickman: It hurts me that for the first time in 2,000 years, Jews can freely make aliyah. Adn I'm living in America.