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Is there anything wrong with this? Nope. 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." (from here) The Talmud records that Rabbi Abba would demonstrate his great love ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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song) But as for the most common/popular times to come: I am the research assistant (intern) on a study (currently unpublished) examining patterns of aliyah.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 ...


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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 ...


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Yes. 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. (emphasis mine)


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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; ...


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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.


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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 ...


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Something you may want to want to watch to get a feel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaMGgvFGpbw&list=PLE2E4DCD3EF32867F It's a 10-part series that documents the Aliyah of Jamie Geller and her family.


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The short answer to your first question is yes. The short answer to your second question is any income from any source. As explained in When does the obligation of Maaser money begin? ma'aser applies to any income (including an income tax refund). For example, a person getting money from tzedakah is still chayav to pay maaser on that income. That is because ...


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The Maharatz Chajes discusses this in Maamar Torat Nevi'im, ch. 7: וכן ניחא נמי ליישב הא דלא מנו מוני המצות מה שאמרו חז"ל (כתובות קי"א ע"א) העולה מבבל לא"י עובר בעשה שנאמר בבלה יובאו ושמה יהיו עד יום פקדי אותם, והיינו דמצוה זאת היא היפך ממצות התורה שנצטוינו בשעת מתן תורה לרשת את הארץ ולהאחז בה, ואם לא היינו חוטאים היתה עדיין א"י מוחזקת אצלנו, וע"כ מצוה ...


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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 ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe advised many people against moving to Israel in order to benefit their present communities, see this link for a clear presentation of this topic, sources included. The Rebbe on moving to Eretz Yisroel


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I have found Nefesh b' Nefesh's community database to be an excellent resource for this sort of information. Jerusalem is of course a fantastic place in Israel for Torah learning because of the quantity of diversity of opportunities to learn. Ramat Beth Shemesh is more of a city where people live and has less yeshivot and learning places for adults. Two ...


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in regard to aliya, touching wine, and counting for minyan one can rely on chazka that if someone was assumed a Jew he is. when it comes to marriage so long as there is no reason to suspect one can rely on chazka and does not need to research there yichus. Should there be a reason to suspect otherwise, you must trace back until there is no more reason for ...


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RaDa”Q (R’ Dawidh Qimhi), commenting on Yehezqel 47:23, writes (my translation): והיה בשבט אשר גר הגר אתו - כי לעתיד בצאת ישראל מהגלות יודעו השבטים, אף על פי שהם מעורבים עתה ולא ידעו איש את שבטו, יבוא אליהו וייחס כל איש אל שבטו And, so it will be, in the tribe in which a convert lives with him - Because, in the future, when [the Nation of] Israel ...


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Rambam writes (Hilkhot Teshuva 9:10) that his predecessors (cf. Berakhot 34b)[i] write that there is no difference between this era, and the coming epoch, except foreign subjugation (which will be lifted): וכבר אמרו חכמים הראשונים, אין בין העולם הזה לימות המשיח אלא שיעבוד מלכייות בלבד. Accordingly, there would be no mass miraculous transportation to ...


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"Making Aliyah" is the phrase used for someone moving to Eretz Yisrael permanently. "Having an Aliyah" is used for someone being called to the Torah. We say on the yahtzeit (anniversary of a person's death" that the neshama (soul) should "have an aliyah" [rise in (spiritual) status]. In fact, someone leaving Eretz Yisrael is said to be making a yeridah (...


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ruled that there is no obligation to move to Israel nowadays, but if one does they fulfill a positive mitzvah of the Torah. See Igros Moshe, Even Ha'ezer (a), page 253, last paragraph of responsa 102.


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I've heard that the first scholar to go to Bavel was Rav, sent by Ribbi Yehuda HanNasi. He opened up a yeshiva in Sura for the sake of the general population that resided there at the time, which was uneducated to a certain degree. He created his own talmidim. At little later, Shemuel broke off and started a yeshiva in Naharda'a (which I think may have been ...


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