Sephardic

 

I am leaving the Galut (exile), and going home! You should too!!

"You are crossing the Jordan to come to the land which G-d is giving you, you must settle the land and live there..." Dvarim (Deuteronomy) 11:31

The birthplace of the Jewish people is the Land of Israel (Eretz Israel). There, a significant part of the nation's long history was enacted, of which the first thousand years are recorded in the Bible; there, its cultural, religious and national identity was formed; and there, its physical presence has been maintained unbroken through the centuries, even after the majority was forced into exile. During the many years of dispersion, the Jewish people never severed nor forgot its bond with the Land of Israel. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence, lost two thousand years earlier, was renewed.

"Now Israel, listen to the rules and laws that I am teaching you to do, so that you will remain alive and come to occupy the land that G-d, Lord of your fathers, is giving you." Dvarim (Deuteronomy) 4:1

"In all times, a Jew should live in the Land of Israel, even in a city where most of the residents are idol worshippers, rather then outside the land, even in a city where most of the residents are Jews." Talmud, Ketubot 110b (also Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings 5:12)

"Said the Almighty: A small group in the land of Israel is dearer to Me than a full Sanhedrin outside the Land." Talmud Yerushalmi, Sanhedrin 86

"A man is safer in a pit filled with scorpions and snakes in the Land of Israel, than in the opulent palaces of a foreign land. Safer, in apparent physical danger in the Land of Israel, than in circumstances which appear physically secure outside the Land." Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, from his comments on the Talmud Sanhedrin 6, on the matter of Joseph being thrown into the pit.

"Jews who dwell outside the Land of Israel are idol worshippers in purity." Talmud, Avoda Zara 8

"In the Diaspora, whoever increases its settlement (by establishing a home, business, etc) adds to the destruction of the worship of G-d. But in the Land of Israel this same work is considered a mitzvah since it settles the land." The Chatam Sofer, on the Talmud Sukka 36a and Yoreh Deah p. 136

"On Mount Zion and Jerusalem there shall be those who escape… and among the remnant those whom the L-rd shall call." Our teacher (the Vilna Gaon) hinted that the words "among the remnant" have a numerical value of 566, the same as Moshiach Ben Yosef, for according to our teacher, the ingathering will occur through him. The greater the ingathering will be, the stronger the forces of impurity (sitra achra) will become (to work against the ingathering). There will be an increase of Divine prosecution of those who do not partake of the ingathering of the exiles, since the Redemption will start through it. Then, there will be survivors in Zion and Jerusalem and from among the remnant. Our teacher worried about this greatly." Rabbi Hillel MiShkolov, The Kabbalist and prime student of the famed Vilna Gaon, in Kol HaTor, a treatise of the Vilna Gaon's Vision of Redemption, Chapter 1, letter 10

Sitting on a Time Bomb

It seems to me, in our present peaceful existence outside the Land of Israel, that we have found another Eretz Yisrael and Jerusalem; this to me, is the greatest, deepest and most obvious and direct cause of all the awesome, frightening monstrous, unimaginable destruction that we have experienced in the Diaspora." Rabbi Yaacov Emden, (The Ya'avetz) in his Siddur Beit Yaacov, p. 13
Over 2000 years of pogroms, inquisitions and Holocaust make it clear, Judaism says it unequivocally: "It is an eternal law, Esau (the non-Jew) hates Jacob (the Jew)." This is the eternal law - it is immutable. America is no different, nor Australia, nor Russia, nor Latin America, nor Europe, nor South Africa.

"If a Jew will forget his origin and true identity and consider himself a full-fledged citizen of the country of his exile… if he thinks that Berlin is Jerusalem…then a raging storm will uproot him by his trunk… the tempest will arise and spread it's roaring waves, and swallow, and destroy and spread forth without pity." Rabbi Meir Simcha HaCohen, The Ohr Somayach, in Meschech Chochma, p. 191-192

There is only one place. Unfortunately, this one place was not available during the Holocaust. Today it is open and waiting for us all.

"I will declare to you all the rules and laws that you shall teach them, so they will keep them in the land that I am giving them to occupy." Dvarim (Deuteronomy) 5:28