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Rischa Daraiisa-23-Should the Pandemic and Social Upheavals in the United States spur massive Immigration to Eretz Yisroel

Season 1, Ep. 23

After listening to this episode-please send in your opinion to whether the Rischa Team could thrive in Eretz Yisroel having a larger impact than staying in the United States.

There have been many calls for viewing the last few months as a clarion call for Mashiach.

The strident columns penned by Rabbi Chananyah Weissman calling for Jews in America to plan their evacuation from the U.S.and begin resettlement in EretzYisroel have been widely circulated.

Weissman,on the heels of the recent social unrest and protests wrote a passioned histrionic piece entitled

"Why do Orthodox Jews want to stay in America?",warning of the dismantling of the safeguards of society to the peril of the Bnei Yisroel.

(The full text can be found at Orthodox Jews against Discrimination and Racism.)

Both Rabbis Kivelevitz and Bechhofer dismiss Weissman as an extremist, and instead discuss calmly if the forced lockdowns and weakening of schools should push younger persons who are able to plan their Aliyah.

Rabbi Bechhofer succinctly reviews the Halachic opinions if one is bound to move to Eretz Yisroel,now that free immigration is offered to all Jews.

He claims persons who are engaged in important Harbatzas HaTorah and are thriving have no responsibility to forsake their life calling to merely subsist without honor in the Holy Land.

Rabbi Bechhofer asserts that both he and Kivelevitz would be considered men of mere average ability in the midst of the towering scholarship that flourishes in every corner of Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak.

Furthermore due to their eccentricities,they would never find a following or create a successful Yeshiva in the highly polarized judgmental atmosphere that permeates the country.

Kivelevitz thinks Bechhofer is selling himself short,and points out that the activities both of them are managing in America hardly qualify as crucial work on behalf of the less learned of our people.

He cites the example of many Rabbis who adopted the strict mores of dress that was expected of them in Eretz Yisroel,yet remained true to their essence.

They were capable of disseminating their unique approach in that environment to truly appreciative knowledge loving students and chaverim .

Those Rabbanim submitted to the small minded dress expectations, yet gained in self fulfillment.

Why not two sixtyish red headed fellows like themselves?

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