In Psalm 27, King David expresses the desire to sit in the House of the Lord all the days of his life, but then he requests to be able to visit the Lord's palace. Doesn't that sound like a contradiction? If you're somewhere all the time, why must you ask to visit that same place? It's not a contradiction at all; here's why:
This 18-minute video podcast comes in all about the Meron Tragedy, one of Israel's worst civilian disasters ever,
Emuna Beams is delighted to host one of the world's foremost experts on the mitzvoth of the Land of Israel, Rabbi Moshe Bunim Mintz shlit'a, head of the Halichot Ha'aretz rabbinical seminary in Israel. In the course of the lesson, which we hope will be the first of a series, we also learn the importance of living in the Land of Israel. The lesson is in Hebrew, with English translation by Rabbi Lazer Brody. 38 minutes.
Eliahu Hanavi says, "When the People of Israel settle in the Land of Israel, Hashem's Name is sanctified around the world." The Land of Israel is not a place to come to for physical amenities and comfort, despite the fact that we lack nothing here. But if a person seeks emuna and closeness to Hashem, there is no better place on earth than the Land of Israel.
In Tana D'Bei Eliahu, Eliahu Hanavi teaches us that when the People of Israel settle in the Land of Israel, Hashem's Name is sanctified around the world. We therefore exalt Hashem's Name by settling in the Land of Israel and building it, as we learn today...
Aliya, like everything else, only makes sense in the context of emuna. People worry about Israel's economic and military challenges as well as other difficulties when opting to remain in the Diaspora, but they rarely ask themselves the true question: what does Hashem want from me? Don't be afraid and see this: