A Jewish Problem. The Diaspora Jew.

The celebrated Russian revolutionary Alexander Herzen, writing in the mid-nineteenth century, stated that Slavs had no history, only geography. He pointed out that the Jewish experience is the reverse of this. They have enjoyed rather too much history and too little geography.

Unfortunately, for many Jews of the Diaspora, this anomaly remains centre stage in their thoughts and true desires. They perpetuate a Jewish problem for their host countries whether they accept it or not.

These Diaspora Jews and their leaders, both religious and secular, tend to become indignant when told by other Jews that they are a nation with a land in which they should lead a national life. These wayward Jews are so assimilated into Western countries in which they live that on hearing these ideas, they are amazed and insulted by their message’s perceived arrogance.

No doubt these exiled Jews are sincere and honest however their thinking on this subject is an illuminating sign of their State of mind. Sincerity and honesty are not always guarantees of knowledge of objective truth. These Jews live in a small world of their making and cannot conceive anything so daring, simple, radical, and fantastic as to transfer their lives and that of their families from the Diaspora to the Jewish State.

It appears the Jewish problem will not be addressed till it becomes crystal clear to Jews that the moral and social situation they face in these countries is intolerable: that the Diaspora experiment has failed: and that the only alternative is a drastic cure. That cure can only be the Jewish State audacious in its vision and focused on its mission, whose ideals come from the Torah. Israel is a living witness to human idealism and prophetic truth.

Now Diaspora Jew, what are you going to do with that?

Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)