Monday, June 16, 2008

Between Here & There - Kibbutz Galuyot

When considering the ideas of the Keitz Meguleh, it is important to consider:

  • What is the final goal?
  • Where are we in this process?
  • What steps can we take now to move us in the right direction?

Kibbutz Galuyot

1. What is the final goal?

The goal is simple: No less than all Jews living in Eretz Yisrael.

2. Where are we in this process?

Some 40-50% of worldwide Jewry lives in Eretz Yisrael. The largest concentration of Jews in Galut is North America, where currently there is little "push" out of Galut (unlike France). Currently, Aliyah is dependent on the "pull" of Eretz Yisrael.

3. What steps can we take now to move us in the right direction?

There are many places for work in achieving this goal.

  • Increasing the strength of the "pull" of Eretz Yisrael. This includes a few aspects, discussing the value of living here, of choosing to live here. Also things like pilot trips help ease the nerves of an Oleh Chadash. Increasing this "pull" is extremely important. Our goal is to make sure that Kibbutz Galuyot occurs by the "pull" of Eretz Yisrael before a "push" of Galut exists, chas v'shalom. Per Kol HaTor, the GR"A was very concerned that we might not succeed in this.
  • Setting up logistics for large amounts of Aliyah, catering to the different Galut-communities, akin to organizations like Nefesh B'Nefesh. At a certain point, necessarily, Nefesh B'Nefesh will not have $50,000 to give to every Jew that makes Aliyah. This is obvious. Nonetheless, their person-to-person experience is a great asset to large-scale Aliyah.
  • Ensuring adequate housing for the new arrivals. The financial resources for this are in the realm of the government, making this goal dependent on changes in the country's leadership.

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