Is there anything wrong with this?
The Rambam wrote a unique halacha (Melachim 5,10): "Great Rabbis would kiss the ground of Eretz Yisrael, and kiss its stones as well as roll in its dust as it states: because your slaves wanted its stones and begged for its dust."
The Talmud records that Rabbi Abba would demonstrate his great love ...
There are 5 main avenues for finding a job in Israel.
Many people in Israel use linkedIn and there are many Israel centric groups for all sorts of fields. (Mostly related to "white collar" jobs) There are few manual labor or blue collar jobs on LinkedIn but there are some.
2. Nefesh B'Nefesh's Employment Resources
These resources will help ...
One reason taught to me is that there is still work to be done in the Diaspora. You must take into account the contribution you can make and are making to the Jews in your country of origin, and what effect its loss might have on them.
I remember my Rosh Yeshivah pointing out to us that Yeshivah bochurim are special and valuable members of the community. ...
From what I have seen there are 3 or 4 popular times to move to Israel.
-Right before or right after January 1st.
This is done mainly for tax purposes so that it is easier on your mind to remember when things are do for which country and you don't feel all confused. However this does not work well if you have children that need to enter the school system.
There is also the halachic opinion of Rav Yehudah, quoted in several places in the Gemara (Berachos 24b, Shabbos 41a, Kesubos 110b-111a) that it is in fact forbidden to move from Bavel to Eretz Yisrael. He bases this on his understanding of Jer. 27:22 ("they shall be brought to Bavel, and there they shall remain until the day I am mindful of them"), plus ...
This Mi Shebeirach was authored in 1948 in Morocco for those that were making Aliya.
מי שבירך אבותינו הקדושים והטהורים אברהם יצחק ויעקב משה ואהרן דוד ושלמה
הוא יברך וישמור וינצור כל אחינו בני ישראל אנשים ונשים וטף זקנים
וצעירים ההולכים בים וביבשה ובאוירון לעלות לארץ אבותינו. מלך מלכי
המלכים ברחמיו ישמרם ויחיים, ומכל צרה וניזק(!) יצילם. מלך מלכי ...
Sounds like you have a very complicated situation. This may be a job for a therapist.
Again, concepts of "sanctuary for repentance" don't really fit with the vocabulary of Judaism.
But for theory's sake: at your average Orthodox Union synagogue, if someone shows up and says "I wasn't raised observant, I was previously married to someone not Jewish and now ...
The best time? Get on the next flight. (listen to a clip of Gershon Veroba's song)
But as for the most common/popular times to come:
I am the research assistant (intern) on a study (currently unpublished) examining patterns of aliyah. (We sent the draft to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption for feedback, and more data, but that's probably on hold for the ...
Give Nefesh B'Nefesh a call - 1-866-4-Aliyah. Since 2002 they have helped 33,000 People make Aliyah. (Including Jamie Geller in this other answer) They have pre-Aliyah counselors, an employment team ready to help you find work and many other resources.
Their web site is full of helpful articles about finances, employment, Israeli communities and the Aliyah ...
Again, according to Rabbi Yaakov Emden, you keep 1 day if you're in Israel right now, no matter where you come from or where you intend to be. If you follow his opinion, this question is moot. The prevalence of this opinion has had a resurgence in recent years, especially as we all move around so much, no one really is "of" a specific place like they used to ...
Just to add to the many opinions already brought down, Hacham Ovadia Yosef, in Hazon Ovadia Hilchot Yom Tov footnote 22 of Hilchot Yom Tov Sheni Shel Galuyot (and likely elsewhere) writes that a single man or woman from Chutz La'aretz who is old enough to get married can keep one day while in Israel.
He combines the shita of the Hacham Tzvi and Shulchan ...
Mitzvos aseh seem to have different levels of chiyuv and 'exemptions'. In general, mitzvos aseh do not require one to spend an exorbitant amount of money to fulfill. Certain mitzvos have particular parameters for being fulfilled that can exempt a person when they are absent.
For example, there is a mitzvah to eat and sleep in the sukkah on sukkos. Yet if ...
Israel's Law of Return says that
Every Jew has the right to come to this country as an oleh.
and defines "Jew" as
a person who was born of a Jewish mother or has become converted to Judaism and who is not a member of another religion.
Conditions in Israel at the time were generally worse than they were in Bavel. The Romans empire (especially after it converted to Christianity) treated the Jews much worse than the Persian government did. In Bavel, the Jews were granted a certain amount of autonomy and freedom, which allowed them to study and keep the Torah without persecution.
Off the top of my head:
Rabbi Pruzansky (http://rabbipruzansky.com) of Teaneck, NJ's Bnai Yeshurun is a great promoter of Aliyah in his community.
Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (NY) (http://www.hir.org/) is also outspoken about the importance of Aliyah.
Rabbi Lopatin of Anshe Shlomo B'nai Israel (http://www.asbi.org/) spoke for many ...
Israemploy has a great LinkedIn group, very active.
Though I would say that in the most part, the same resources that are good for looking for jobs are applicable to finding one in Israel, anyway, LinkedIn and personal networks chief among them.
Cultural adjustment, particularly for children of school age. It's my anecdotal understanding that there is no clean equivalent of "working right-wing Modern Orthodox/'black hat'" in Israel, so unless one is internally ready to become Dati Le'umi or Haredi, moving there means putting yourself and your family in a position where they will not fit in. This is ...
When asked why he doesn't visit Israel Lubavitcher Rebbe answered that once he visits he won't be able to leave (which would be an issue as the Ohel of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe is in America, and as most Jews live in America, it would be more difficult to affect them from Israel).
If one could conditionally make Aliya, he would be able to come ...
See this audio lecture from Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin.
He sets forth that many Rishonim felt that it was a good thing as it enabled many more mitzvas to be performed, and something incentivized by the Talmud (either spouse can demand the family move to Israel), but not necessarily a Biblical "thou-shalt." Maharam Rutenberg writes something to the effect of "...
The first place to start is the shita of the Ramban, who writes in parshas Masei (33:53) that it is a mitzvas aseh. He also asks why the Rambam does not count this as one of the 613, which is something that the acharonim debate.
The Megillas Esther holds that according to the Rambam there is no mitzvah bizman hazeh, while The Avner Nezer says that there is ...
I am not aware of any "After highschool Yeshivah" who teaches their students that they are now halachaically required to stay in Israel.
I would presume then, that any "conditional aliyah" is really described as a "visit" and not as actually moving there.
However, just because nobody teaches that publicly doesn't mean the sources support it. :)
It's orally reported (I heard it on a Rabbi Rakeffet mp3) that when Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was asked by Bnai Akiva about Hallel on Yom Ha'atzmaut, he replied: "nu, if it's a yomtov for you, then say Hallel; personally I don't."
That may be the spirit you'll find here.
From the words of the Malbim on Shas it would be an extention of the Torah law of keeping oneself out of danger.
Again from the same Malbim: Because the "chain" must not be broken until they conclude Talmud Bavli.
a. According to the Rambam, yes; according to Rashi (quoted in Lechem Mishne), only if there are Yeshivos.
b. According to (above) Malbim, yes; ...
From what I recall - it's been 23 years - you have 3 choices:
Find a Jewish Agency in the U.S. where a Shaliach will help you make Aliya while in the States. It involved a Medical Check Up in my time. When you arrive here you have everything needed to be a full citizen without further ado.
Hop on a plane and at the Ben Gurion airport inform the clerk at ...
Rabbi David Forhman argues that this is exactly the case in a video dvar torah on Parashah Haazinu as part of his Aleph Beta video series. His argument is that the process for teshuva on a national scale is outlined in Parashah HaTeshuva and the Shirat Haazinu- after sinning by worshipping other gods, etc., Am Yisrael must take steps to return to G-d and ...
A friend of mine in Yeshiva, either it was first day, or second day of YomTov, decided he was staying in EY. Just like that, during YomTov, I don't think he'd even discussed it with his parents, who were categorically expecting him to return to Chutz L'oretz for University, after two years in Yeshiva in EY.
The Posek told him to daven like Bnei EY, and keep ...