The Diaspora Versus Israel!

The last 200 years have seen the Jew liberated from the confines of the Ghetto and, in the preceding years, free to participate in the West’s golden years and yet, throughout, have carried within them the uneasy feeling that they are not quite accepted by their host countries. This uneasiness, which rational argument has failed to dispel, troubles the Jews and has infected their secret thoughts as if something lay concealed which should not be mentioned in case it awoke dark thoughts within the gentile mind. Yet, it was the centre of the entire problem. The Jew is a race apart, and no matter how hard he may try to assimilate into the host society, he remains the other amongst the many.

In recent days, post-October 7, 2023, has brought these fears to the surface. The gentile world has shattered once again the gigantic delusion that the Jews belong amongst them. The Jew may speak like them, even react like them, laugh at the same jokes as them, and cry over the same tragedies as them. Nevertheless, something is always lacking, which precludes them from being natives. What that something is neither the natives nor the strangers can precisely put their finger on.

Nevertheless, there exists a difference. It won’t go away. Six million dead Jews could not erase the difference. Nor would another six million Jews put an end to the difference. It exists and will always exist no matter how hard the Jew tries to be just like them.

The fate of the Jews in America, Europe, Australia and other countries of the diaspora mirrors the fate of the six million. The most vivid example of what’s happening now in the diaspora is the fate of the German Jews of the 1930s. A community that identified itself so closely with Germany in which it lived and passionately believed it belonged. So many were too blind or too self-blinded. Most of their grandchildren are suffering from the same blindness to reality today. They are just as passionate about being American or Australian as the German Jews of 1933. They court disaster with the same incredulity.

What’s to be done? What’s the solution? Simple, it’s a Torah – Zionist solution in its complete spiritual and political form that comes to fruition in the Jewish State. Nineteen Forty-Eight transformed the situation of the Jews beyond recognition and made all previous arguments for staying in the diaspora obsolete.

While many Jews in the diaspora pray, three times a day to be restored to Zion while having no intention of making aliya, in reality, are indulging in hypocrisy while uttering those prayers and taking no action appropriate to coming Home. Those Jews have decided they would rather be Englishmen or Americans than Israelis are voluntarily committing spiritual and national suicide. The future is bleak for those who persist in keeping the diaspora alive, and should they stay, they will tragically experience the full horrors of a diaspora in liquidation. Surely not again! Surely, Jews of the diaspora will act before it’s too late!

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)