Aliya Light or Aliya Heavy?

…a continuation from ‘A Difference of Opinion!’

In the previous article, I found myself responding to a difference of opinion that went onto question my approach to Aliya the state of Israel and the demonising of the diaspora.

The opinion expressed seemed to suggest a softer approach would be more desirable.

Do you like your Aliya light or heavy? However, you answer the result is the same today as it was in 1930’s Europe. When Zev Jabotinsky pleaded with Jews to escape the coming disaster before it was too late.

Jewish leadership then as now opposed him with all their strength and were determined to silence his warnings and labelled him a fanatic, suffering from paranoia.

The few that acknowledged his warnings were still unable to see the urgency and doubted it could really happen in an enlightened Europe.

How wrong they were and how wrong their grandchildren are today. Nothing changes just the names. Incredulity wins the day and what do we end up with Aliya light the Aliya your having when your not really having Aliya after all.

Unfortunately, the diaspora Jew suffers from a bad case of timidity when it comes to him fulfiling his Jewish destiny but suffers no doubts when it comes to espousing the practicalities of living in the diaspora.

The diaspora Jew proclaims he is “home” and has no pressing need to up stakes and fly to Israel for a new life as a free Jew.

If he does at all he makes it clear he will wait for the Maschiac and fly on the wings of eagles to the “Promised Land”.

He loudly proclaims the doomsayers are indulging in hysterical rantings and should be avoided at all costs. Their scare tactics and Aliya propaganda are unnecessary and ill-thought-out.

The diaspora Jew is blind to the fact his Jewish leaders suffer from mediocrity and a lack of imagination.

The suggestion that one should promote Israel and the benefits of Aliya rather than demonising the diaspora sounds very reasonable. One problem it doesn’t work and never has effectively. Why would you come to Israel when you already possess the materialist paradise in the lands of the West.

No it takes real commitment or palpable fear of the diaspora to come Home.

To ignore history in particular recent history and refuse to warn your fellow Jew of the oncoming tsunami would be an act of perfidy.

To not demonise the diaspora would be a betrayal of the 6,000,000,000 Jews who perished because they couldn’t leave or saw no practicle reason to leave the diaspora.

They had an excuse whats yours?

The diaspora is the Jewish killing fields not a paradise for exiled Jews.

So whats it to be Aliya Light or Aliya Heavy?

“The choice is yours!”

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)