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6 Eretz

Eretz that is land is our sacred relationship with the Earth.

6.1 Israel

Israel is the center having its root in Jerusalem with the apex on the Temple Mount where the first stone lies. From out of Israel all the veins extend to the rest of the world and in that regard, all land is holy in connection.

“To return from Israel and speak any word against the country is to speak lashon harah against the Shechinah.”[789] There are ten levels of holiness, from the country of Israel to Jerusalem up to the Holy of the Holies. There is no place holier in the entire Universe. We refer to Israel as Admas Kodesh, holy earth, dirt, or gravel. The gravel of Eretz Israel is worth more to us than any plot of land in Russia, Germany, Poland, or another country of our exile. “Eretz Israel is sacred, it is holy; Eretz Israel is pure, it is Admas Kodesh, every single pebble, every grain of dust in Eretz Israel is worth more, definitely, than all the real estate in the rest of the world combined.”[790] Even the Jews living in Israel are holy in our eyes. With unity, brotherhood (achdus), seeing eye-to-eye between different groups or within a group will start a chain reaction, joining others into bringing the Geulah, the return of all Jews to the holy land.

“Most Orthodox Jewish leaders before the Holocaust rejected Zionism, saying the exile was a divine punishment and Israel could be restored only in the messianic age. The Reform movement maintained that Judaism is a religion, not a nationality.”[791] The majority of Jews who worked hard to build Israel were either Conservative or Zionists. Hence, the most legitimate Jewish movement today is Conservative Judaism constituted by those who support the nation of Israel. This means that while it is preferable to follow the Halachah of the Orthodox, it is permissible to follow Conservative Halachah. One important statute is that the Conservative movement agreed to accept Reform converts as Jews. This singular step preserved the achdus – brotherhood of the Jewish people.

6.1.1 Litigation

Israelis file more than 184 cases per-1000 citizens, making Israeli citizens the most litigious in all of Europe. (Since when is Israel part of Europe?) Many of these claims are no doubt facilitated by Israel’s notorious small claims court system, which allows any citizen to file suit against anyone in exchange for a small fee, and without the need for a lawyer.

How much of this is friviolous litigation, what a waste and cause of stress. While immigration to Israel seems meritorious, what of this?

6.1.2 Jerusalem

Like birds hovering, so the Lord of Hosts will protect Jerusalem;
Protecting and delivering, sparing and rescuing.
(Isaiah 31:5)

What can one say of Jerusalem, what can one tell. Like a precious jewel given to children to admire and play with, Jerusalem is our delight, the pendant of the world. Let me walk her streets once more. Let me never leave her walls. Those that dwell here are blessed, blessed are their ancestors and blessed their children to come.[792]

I visited the tomb of Shimeon HaTzaddik, last high priest of Israel and had the following experience:

Text 6-1: Shimeon the Righteous
I saw that every moment of his day was scheduled. That there is an organization in the life of a high priest that transcends spontaneity. The high priest of Israel belonged to the people of Israel supporting their every need with every moment of his life.

Shimeon HaTzaddik is quoted in the “Sayings of our Fathers”. Reciting the teachings of a sage at the place
he is buried brings his or her life closer to ones own.

Text 6-2: Shimeon the Righteous’ Saying
On three things does the world stand,
on the Torah (al haTorah),
on Work (haAvodah – the service in the temple),
and deeds of Kindness (gemilut Hasidim)

A few religious Jews in black copota, wanted a ride back to Jerusalem when I was at the grave of the High Priest, and I told them that I was first going to the Mount of Olives to visit the tombs of Malachi and Zechariah near Jerusalem. They went with me and paid the entrance fee and afterwards we went to the tomb of the former chief Hasidic Rebbe of Jerusalem.

Meditation 6-1: Former Chief Hasidic Rebbe of Jerusalem
When I was there I sensed the image of a flower as if this Rabbi’s life was entirely beautiful.

When I told this to my companions, one told me that this Rebbe was often called, ‘The Flower’ by his followers.


Figure 6-1: Well of Souls.

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The Even Shetiya – אבן שתיה is considered the foundation stone at the top of Mt. Moriah. There Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac. Below the rock is a cave known as the Well of Souls. The Holy of Holies was located in this place. The Well of Souls is a natural cave, perhaps a parallel for the place under the Throne of G-d in the World of Beriyah where souls wait to be born.

Figure 6-2: Rock of Moriah – Even Shetiya

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“As the navel is set in the centre of the human body,
so is the land of Israel the navel of the world...
situated in the centre of the world,
and Jerusalem in the centre of the land of Israel,
and the sanctuary in the centre of Jerusalem,
and the holy place in the centre of the sanctuary,
and the ark in the centre of the holy place,
and the Foundation Stone before the holy place,
because from it the world was founded.”
Midrash Tanchuma – Kedoshim ch.10

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Text 6-3: Keruvim intertwined
Our Sages say that when the Jewish people would go up to Jerusalem to participate in the mitzvah of aliyah l'regel, the partition before the Holy of Holies was drawn back and they were shown that the image of the keruvim was that of a male and a female intertwined intimately. They were told, "Look how much you are beloved by G-d, as much as the love between a man and woman!

Why would such a sight be seen in the Holy of Holies?

The answer is that the relationship between a man and his wife is the closest possible relationship that a human being can experience. It is such a holy and important bond that we are commanded to enter into it. This relationship should provide us with a glimpse into the depth of the relationship that exists between man and his Creator, one of complete closeness. That is what the forms of the keruvim are showing. Since this is placed in the Holy of Holies, it shows us that we should strive to be as close as possible to the Creator, and also that there is nothing inherently unholy about rntercourse rn its proper context. On the contrary, it is a true form of holiness. Therefore, it is appropriate for the keruvim to be in that most sacred place, the Holy of Holies.[793]

Religion is an expression of our desire to respect our spouse in love and union. This is the lesson of the Holy of Holies that the spiritual desire for G-d was the reflection of our physical and emotional desire for our spouse. This is the source of fertility. Ancient temples were used by fertility cults. Today marriages are often sealed in temples. The upper and lower Garden of Eden is a metaphor between the spiritual union with G-d and that of husband and wife respectively.

6.1.3 Arad


Text 6-4: Poem to Arad
Arad is a city on the hilltop, sitting amongst the clouds of heaven.
Beauty and peace are in your streets.
White sands purify your doorways.
Those who dwell in Torah grow each day here;
others descend to the salt waters and wash away their sins.
Arad sits at the doorstep to three worlds, each a miraculous vision.
There is the road to Hebron, which ascends through gentle hills into the past.
The other way descends into the chasms of colored walls where flash floods turn into rivers
and wash away the transient worries of our minute lifetimes.
The third way leads to the Sea of Salt, a refuge and place to bathe,
where an oasis filled with Gedi mountain goats and fresh water streams
meets its match in salt ravines.

6.1.4 Galilee

There is really no place more beautiful in the world than the Galilee. Only a few hundred years ago there was a golden era of spiritual growth in these hills. At that time, someone composed the L’cha Dodi, the Arizal and his followers flourished, Yosef Caro wrote the Shulhan Aruch and revealed the Maggid Mesharim. In the hills of the Galilee, one will find the burial cave of Rabbi Hananyah ben Akasa known for his famous saying:

Text 6-5: Rabbi Chananya ben Akasa
Rabbi Chananya ben Akasa said,
“It is the Will of the Holy One to Remember Israel,
Therefore He multiplied for them Torah and commandments, as it is said,
‘God Desired (hafetz) for the sake of his Righteouness (tzidko)
To magnify the Torah (yagdil) and make it precious (vyadir).’”

‘All my people are righteous (tzaddikim) in the world,
They will inherit the land
Like a branch planted along a stream”

The location of the kever is at K’far Chananya (the village of Chananya). There is now a modern day settlement across the road, which would be a holy place to live. As one approaches Tiberias, one will find the tombs of Rabbi Akiva on the hilltop and his wife Rachel Akiva a short distance away. The tomb of Rachel is set apart in a pastoral setting overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The story goes that Rachel sacrificed her personal time with Akiva so that he would become a great Torah scholar. Rabbi Akiva who started his life an am haaretz (man of the land), rose to lead the Torah academy of Israel. While visiting the holy sites one will often find peddlers selling Israeli music on cassettes in honor of Jewish sages. Higher up in the Galilee on route 787 to Rosh Hanikra lies the grave of the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah was a prophet of the Northern Kingdom.

Meditation 6-2: Isaiah
“My teachings were intended for all the world.” What if their meaning is altered? “Still, the world is better for them.” What of those who say you prophesied for an incarnated deity 700 yrs in the future? “There is only one G-d.” What messiah? “Cyrus was the messiah. He enabled the Israelites to return home and he encouraged the rebuilding of the temple. What of Isaiah 53? “The suffering servant has always been the house of Israel. The other nations are elevated here.”

What of your vision of a train of G-d? “Even to say G-d is without image—Nothing, is an idolatry of nothingness. This idea is later, not of my time.” What of those who proclaim there were two Isaiah(s). There is only one, but editors added to my teachings through their attachment to me and in that sense their words are mine as well.

6.1.5 Sinai


Intrinsically part of Israel as the passage says:[794]

Text 6-6: Sinai the Ladder
Bar Kappara taught: No dream is without its interpretation. AND BEHOLD A LADDER symbolizes the stairway; SET UPON THE EARTH-the altar, as it says, An altar of earth thou shalt make unto Me (Ex. XX, 21); AND THE TOP OF IT REACHED TO HEAVEN-the sacrifices, the odor of which ascended to heaven; AND BEHOLD THE ANGELS OF GOD-the High Priests; ASCENDING AND DESCENDING ON IT-ascending and descending the stairway. AND, BEHOLD, THE LORD STOOD BESIDE HIM (XXVIII, 13)-I saw the Lord standing beside the altar (Amos IX, 1).

The Rabbis related it to Sinai. AND HE DREAMED, AND BEHOLD A LADDER symbolizes Sinai; SET UPON THE EARTH. As it says, And they stood at the nether part of the mount (Ex. XIX, 17); AND THE TOP OF IT REACHED TO HEAVEN-And the mountain burned with fire unto the heart of heaven (Deut. IV, 11). AND BEHOLD THE ANGELS OF GOD alludes to Moses and Aaron. ASCENDING: And Moses went up to God (Ex. XIX, 3); AND DESCENDING-And Moses went down from the mount (ib. 14). AND, BEHOLD, THE LORD STOOD BESIDE HIM-And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai (ib. 20).

Abulafia explains the Midrash:[795]

Text 6-7: Abulafia on the Ladder
In the Name my intellect found a ladder to ascend to the level of vision... The ladder seen by Jacob our Father was Sinai, and this great secret was revealed by means of gematria... Sullam (ladder) – סלם = 130 = Sinai – סיני = Adonay Adonay – אדני אדני = 65 + 65 = 5 * 26 = 130 ... and it was known to us that the secret of Sinai is double and it is easy and there come out of it the two holy names, Adonay Adonay, and there emerge from the names the five unique ones, the secret of each one of whose secret is heavy.

As the Sinai desert is a maze of crested rocks and ravines, so the Ladder is a circle where we do not know its entrance or exit. Abulafia reveals his meditation on the ladder.[796]

Text 6-8: Abulafia’s Meditation on the Ladder
Know that this ladder must be drawn as a circle, it stands before the person’s eyes like a full sphere, rolling back and forth before him, as if the man’s face is towards the east and his back towards the west, and the person is in the middle...

And man turns about with twenty Sefirot—five toes of his feet on his right side and five on his left, and likewise five fingers of his hand to the south and five to the north, and they turn to the right or the left, and there are four heads to his head, and four to his end, and four winds from here to the south side and four winds to the north, and each head of them has upon it a body equal, like the image of a cube, and they are four cubes, and their names are “females” from here, and four from there, and their names are “males” and they turned about and changed. And each of these cubes has six corners, speckled, a pair above, separated below it, and a pair below it, separated upon it. And all of the dots on them 120 for these and 120 for these, with the fifth to here and the fifth to here; and that is the one which preponderates between them. And the number is 24, 24, and the dots are not fixed in them, but are like tablets ready to receive the dots, and because of the movement they are renewed.

And were the ladder to stand a small moment without turning, then all the corners of the cubes would be empty of all dots. But with the turns they are renewed, by justice and uprightness, according to the Divine rule by which he judges every living rational thing according to his deeds by lot. And this secret is as it were witness and judge of the retribution and punishment. And this ladder is called the ladder of the world, and scales for the human being. And this is the subject of which Raziel informed me, and he further explained it in saying that the lot fell between the names and always turns about by justice, to judge in it he who is judged, and that when you shall contemplate your essence, you will find that ladder is inscribed between the eyes of your heart, in general and in particular, and contemplate it very much, and know it.

6.1.6 Solutions

In Kabbalah meditation one can pursue answers to questions that are perplexing or even heretical. Questions are the guideposts of one’s life, leading one to unravel the Truth. Meditating on the origin of Jewish ideas will dissolve university-promulgated deceptions. For example consider Psalm 29’s phrase children of Elim, sometimes translated as gods.

Meditation 6-3: Children of the Mighty
In Psalm 29, it says, “Praise G-d, children of the mighty.” Perplexing is that the word for mighty is gods. Who are the ‘children of gods?’[797]

One may ascend the sefirot by embracing the Ushpazim, visitors on the days of Sukkot.[798] First, one visualizes King David in Malchuts. He will be regally dressed in white with a crown on his head. After one embraces him one will enter Malchuts. Next he will push one upward to see Joseph. He will be dressed in a white tunic according to the dress of the Egyptian pharaohs. He will have an open circlet around his head, open in the front with two larger ends. He will embrace and bring one fully to the level of Yesod. One may witness activities of angels here and a spinning or rotation of personal light as ones own soul radiates more brightly.

Joseph will push you to the left and there one will encounter Aaron. He will be wearing the breastplate and he will embrace. Here one enters fully into Hod. Aaron will push one to the right where Moses will embrace bringing one into Netzah. He will push one higher.

There one will encounter Jacob who will rejoice proudly in his son tossing and spinning him if one’s name is Joseph as a father with his son. One will enter fully into the level of Tiferet. He will push one higher to the left and Isaac will place his arm around one’s back and talk and guide one to the tent of his father Abraham on the right. Abraham will take one by the hand and sit one down in his tent and answer all questions.

  1. Why are we called the children of the mighty? King David was addressing Israel a mighty nation in the world. We are supposed to be a strong people. We are the Bnai Elim, children of the mighty ones, when we are in the service of God. We must be a powerful people, physically, spiritually, and nationally.
  2. How are we to solve the problems of Israel today? Israel must have a monarchy to rule as in the time of David, with all the peoples in the land under one kingship.
  3. How can Israel have a monarchy? There must be a prophet in the land that all recognize.
  4. How can Israel have prophet that all recognize? First they must reestablish the priesthood. There must be approval from the President of Israel that the priesthood service may begin again, initially outside of Jerusalem. There are priests who have studied and are prepared. Like Shilo, they will establish a tabernacle where people can bring offerings unto God.
  5. What of the rabbinical requirement that we must have the temple to practice sacrifice? The temple will be rebuilt once Kingship returns to Israel. The priesthood must return first. After a period of priesthood, prophecy will return to the land. With prophecy, all the people will recognize a singular distinct prophet, like Samuel, and he will select a king.
  6. How will kingship continue in proper succession? Only through prophecy will kingship be maintained. All nations will come to recognize the power that is with the Bnai Elim in their kingdom, a kingdom unto God, most high. The king will centralize his authority from Jerusalem. Nations that will not live in peace shall be exiled out of Israel. There will be no more Middle East crisis, because her neighbors will respect Israel.
  7. Eventually a king of Israel will rebuild the temple of Jerusalem and priesthood activities will move to the temple of the Lord.

Of course it is preferable to live in Israel over any other part of the world as posterity lies there.[799] Ones children will preserve their identity in Israel.

6.1.7 Seek the unseen


So important is it to visit the holy land, to be inspired by the teachings of the sages, the victories of those who fought and gave their lives for our freedom.[800] How does one travel such a great country? Each time one visits, seek the place that one has not seen, for all the Land is holy unto G-d.

6.1.8 Ein Gedi

Daniela: “Life is a joke. Hence, one should pursue ones dreams.” Daniela is from Canada and lived in Beverly Hills for a while and gave up that life to become a pioneer at Kibbutz Ein Gedi. She has lived there for 40 years, since 10 years after its founding in 1953. Her husband works in the date plantations and has also discovered ancient synagogues in the area. She gives tours to guests of the kibbutz, an experience of a lifetime.

6.1.9 Zion

Israel is more than a place, more a longing in our heart for our true homeland. Tzion means a place of distinction.

6.1.9.1 Micah Joseph Berdichevski

Immersed in traditional Jewish learning, haskalah - enlightenment, and the transvaluation ideas of Nietzsche, Berdichevski sought to create the first Jews of a new nation.[801]

Text 6-9: Micah Berdichevski on the House of Israel
We are torn to shreds: at one extreme, some leave the House of Israel to venture among foreign peoples, devoting to them the service of their hearts and spirits and offering their strength to strangers; while, at the other extreme, the pious sit in their gloomy caverns, obeying and preserving what G-d had commanded them. And the enlightened, standing between, are men of two faces: half Western–in their daily life and thoughts; and half Jews–in their synagogues.

6.1.9.2 Ahad Ha’am

Asher Ginzberg advocated self-confidence over wisdom that often led to indecisiveness. “In any difficult or dangerous situation, the wise are those who hold back, weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of any action. Meanwhile it is the self-confident who forge ahead, and often win the day.”[802]

6.1.10 Living in Israel

Probably one of the best articles I have read is “Fed up with life in Israel.”[803] Basically one should not move to Israel with any illusions. One of the best beginnings would be to attend an Ulpan, Hebrew learning school, and study the language. Alternatively attending university or joining the military is a good choice. Ironically those who feel they have a particularly skill to contribute to in Israel are often those who fail to complete Aliyah.

Text 6-10: Fed up with life in Israel
I work as a programmer and make a decent salary. I try to live my life tranquilly in Tel Aviv, which for me is the only real city in Israel. I’m 32-years-old, and almost half of my life is behind me. Yes, I look at the glass half empty, because I’m not such an optimist. As of late I’m even quite pessimistic and completely despaired over what is going on around me in the State of Israel.

It starts with the prices at the supermarket. Compared to other enlightened nations, this is clearly a robbery. It continues with the housing prices, which rose dramatically and affected rent prices. Then there’s of course the financial elements of the fees on our eroding pensions, not to mention insurance companies who acquired pension funds and abuse the elderly and weak. Then we have the high fees charged by the banking cartel. Everything is disproportionate to our salaries, which refuse to adapt themselves to the state of the economy.

The public sectors suffer too. Medical residents and social workers hit the streets, while on the other side of the ledger we have parties who pull the strings and receive huge wages at our ports and railway company. The state of public transportation is grim as well: Employees of the Israel Railway, which doesn’t function properly as it is, hold strikes or go on “sick leaves” whenever they feel like it. The bus reform achieved nothing with the exception of a substantial rise in the cost of traveling. No solutions are on the horizon.

The global recession and the crisis in Europe threaten all of us, yet while in other enlightened states – in the US and Europe – the cost of living adapts itself to the economic situation, here it appears that everyone tries to benefit at everyone else’s expense.

And I haven’t said a word about the security situation, the constant existential threat we cope with here, and our violent and bloody recent history. Yet this isn’t really new – it was never easy to live here. Even when my mother moved to Israel, as a young, idealist woman, my grandmother attempted to dissuade her: “It’s hard for Jews to live with other Jews, because everyone tries to gain at the expense of the rest,” she said some 30 years ago, and was right. This is exactly the feeling here. Everyone tries to gain at everyone else’s expense.

The solution of returning to the Diaspora and living overseas always captivated us, the wandering Jews; we always heard those amazing stories about the uncle from America, who of course achieved success easily. Especially in my field, as a computer engineer, relocation is not a dirty word. Many of my friends are overseas, in Europe, Australia and the United States. Even friends who served in the army with me, and completed a full combat service, left for the US and opened successful companies there. All of them are doing well.

Looking for partners

On the other hand, there are quite a few drawbacks to such move. If you put aside the surging anti-Semitism, the most prominent drawback for me is the fact that my family and friends are here. Based on my past experience, it’s hard to be alone in a foreign country. Beyond the need to cope with the language and culture, there is also a need to build a new social life.

As opposed to Tel Aviv, where everyone meets everyone at coffee shop, without planning it, midday Friday, people overseas coordinate meetings weeks in advance sometimes. Hence, I decided to initiate my own quiet protest. I did not go to the Knesset to protest for social justice and proper public transportation solutions for the periphery. I chose a simple, quiet, private protest. I updated my social networks status to the following:

Dear friends,

For a long time now, I’ve been despaired over all the processes taking place in the country. It starts with the housing prices, and rent that grows disproportionately more expensive every year for neglected apartments built before the State’s inception; food prices at the supermarket are much more expensive compared to other states; the horrific public transportation system that prompts everyone to only live in central Israel, purchase a vehicle with 100% tax and contribute to traffic jams; the salaries of medical residents and social workers who don’t get what they deserve; the Bar Association, which is above the law, and deliberately prevents freedom of occupation from the students who try to be accepted; the Light Railway works that prompted contractors to give up and run away from here, and so on and so forth.

For a long time now, I’ve been considering the option of moving to another country; I haven’t decided where yet. I want to move to a place where it will be easier for me to live; a place where I can grow old with dignity and not below the poverty line, while everyone bites into my pension. Yet I know that I don’t want to move alone. Hence, I’m openly asking here: Which one of you, friends and family, is interested in joining me?

The idea is to create an immigration group together, decide where to go, and implement the move with everyone supporting everyone along the way, and especially over there, ranging from language studies to help in finding a job. I know that almost every country today boasts developed Israeli communities, yet it’s always easier to start such move with more people rather than alone.

This status drew quite a few responses. Some of them sympathetic, others sad because of my desire to leave, and yet others trying to dissuade me from doing so, because “this is our country.” Views were divided on our destination as well, yet I believe that ultimately I’ll be able to find the potential partners for a move to a location where one can live well in terms of cost of living, comfort, and peace of mind.

At the end of the day, it’s a bit like looking for a partner for a trip to India or South America, yet this time around we are choosing a destination that is a little more modern, for a period longer than a few months. Much longer.

Bank collusion started in the 1990s.[804]

To be successful in Israel; essentially, one cannot ask what one can do for the country, but one has to ask what Israel needs from you. For example, kibbutzim like Ein Gedi need folk willing to work in agriculture, specifically date palm farming. From my experience living in Israel from 1985-1986, I would recommend military service as a good bridging experience. Finding work is challenging and yet; even with a job, successful immigration is not certain. Salaries are not internationally competitive. I knew an American engineer who had an internship at Israel Aircraft Industries and simply left the country after it was over.

Some of the U.S. credit cards that allow foreign currency free exchange rates can make it more affordable to live there, but beware of the fees on ATM withdrawals.[805] In this regard, living in Israel is most practical for ones children. Israel is excluded from credit card collision car rental insurance. Hotels range from $150/night and up.

Another candid article about living in Israel by an ex-pat has many useful lifestyle issues to consider:[806]
Text 6-11: Life in Israel intolerable
Naor Krekoano
Published: 11.20.13, 11:03 / Israel Opinion

My name is Naor, I'm a 31-year-old Israeli and I have been living in London for the past two years. Unlike many Israelis, I did not move to London to study, nor did I move to develop a career or as part of a temporary job relocation. I moved because life in Israel simply became intolerable in my opinion, and I have no problem admitting it.

Like many born Israelis, I also went through the regular Israeli road of life – studies, military service, working for a minimum wage – and then with some connections and luck I also found a good permanent job with a fine salary, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep me in Israel.

As opposed to many young people, I did not travel to India after the army and I did not take a big trip abroad because I believed in saving money and wasting only what I have, and the country seemed big enough at the time to enjoy.

Until the age of 26 I had never left the country (unfortunately), and then I flew to London for a short vacation and was in for a culture shock. Experiencing a different culture is something that no matter how much you read about, you cannot fully understand until you see it with your own eyes.

After the second time in London I decided that I wanted to emigrate and live there. I spent about three years investing time and effort in issuing a European passport and citizenship which I was entitled for, and I saved money for the move. In July 2011 I made the big move, and I don't regret it for a minute.

So why London of all places? Because in London people are polite, and the public transportation is efficient and operates 24 hours a day (buses). There are indeed things which are relatively expensive, like rent, restaurants, public transportation tickets, but products from supermarket and online shopping are very cheap, sometimes half the price of what is sold in Israel.

As opposed to Israel, in London I have yet to encounter homophobia, religious coercion and xenophobia, and it's not because they don't exist. They exist everywhere. It's because it's not the norm here. Such behavior and expressions put to shame whoever voices them in public and are not a sign of national pride.

Although Britain is considered a Christian country, religion here is so weak that almost every Christian English person I have asked about the issue claimed to be an atheist and expressed no interest in religion. Religion is not tightly linked to the state and does not affect the way of life.

Even the governmental bureaucracy is London is more convenient than in Israel, queues are managed better, there is more accessibility to take care of things online or on the phone and courteous customer service in almost every area.

Life just flows

Beyond the big things, life in Britain just flows and the despair is convenient, much more convenient. There is an underground, in every supermarket there is a self-service and self-checkout area, preventing long queues, and basic banking is provided for free.

I get 25 days of paid leave a year from my workplace, there is no threat of war hanging over the head every day, and words like "excuse me," "thank you" and "please" are obvious and not unusual. The English people's main obsession and greatest concern is mostly the recent piece of gossip about the royal family.

I don’t hate Israel and don't "trash" the country in front of those who don't know it. I do tell the truth about Israel for better or for worse and let the listener judge for himself. I also don't believe in only presenting the positive side or negative side because there are always two sides to every story.

The same applies to Britain as well: It's nice and convenient to live here, but there are also the negative aspects. A significant part of the English people appear cold and "unemotional," the massive size of London in particular and of Britain in general creates a strong atmosphere of alienation (for better or for worse), and there is no strong sense of unity here but more of a sense of every man for himself.

London is a large city of immigrants with a large number of members of different nations. I have met people here from different places and discussed their emigration with them, and they all told me that they took this step for economic reasons and out of a desire to live in a foreign country as part of a cultural experience. None of them were given the common derogatory nicknames I "earned" from different people in Israel.

Many before me have already noted that emigration is a natural thing for nations and for human beings. People want to emigrate in search of a better life, and that's all I did. I didn't abandon Israel, I didn't betray the country and I didn't sell its secrets. I just relocated to a country which I find more pleasant to live in than Israel.

The government and Knesset members have demonstrated their hypocrisy towards Israeli emigrants by using derogatory nicknames against them – until former Israelis won the Nobel Prize and then those "emigrants" were suddenly considered Israeli-Jewish pride.
Whoever wants to emigrate should emigrate, regardless of what others say. The State of Israel has proved that it does not care about the ordinary citizen. In Israel if you're not a rich person, a criminal or an associate with very strong ties, you barely have a chance to succeed. And no, living one month at a time is not living; it's just existing.

Naor Krekoano, 31, is originally from Ashdod. Before moving to London, he lived in Tel Aviv for about 10 years. Today he lives in North London and works for a British credit card processing company.

The old pioneering heroes today are mostly discarded, unless they have political power, replaced by the rise of the new entrepreneurial class. On the kibbutzim the old pioneers who built these places are secondary citizens to the new business folk who have taken over. There is a rapid change in values in my beloved country. But therein lies the secret, in the rural townships; you can still find the heartland. Find a township, a place to study Torah, folks to share with, a good school that you can help with, the welfare of your children, and outdoor natural settings and historic sites to share with them.

Text 6-12: Talmud
"A person should always live in the Land of Israel, even in a city with a Gentile majority, rather than in a city in the Diaspora, even if it has a Jewish majority." "Whoever dwells in the Land of Israel, it is as if he has a God. Whoever dwells in the Diaspora, it is as if he has no God."

6.2 Korea

6.2.1 Korean

The Korean language is Altaic in origin from the Central Asia Altaic Mountains. The structure of the language is subject-object-verb. Often verbs can be nouns depending on context. Sumerian is also an Altaic type of language perhaps a proto language of Altaic.

Korean people are connected with Central Asian mountain peoples and probably cousins to the Sumerians from the early biblical period. The significance of the Tree of Life, Golden Mountain, and Eden are similar ideas pervading both cultures. “The Sumerian word Edin, means "steppe" or "plain",[807] so modern scholarship has abandoned the use of the phrase ‘Babylonian Garden of Eden’ as it has become clear the "Garden of Eden" was a later concept.”[808] The garden in the steppe or plain is the original idea. Korean, Altaic, and Sumerian are agglutinative languages. Also see Sumerian Religion in Sec. 26.20.

6.2.2 Songdo

A new city with bicycle roads throughout, environmental protection, river canals, and boat rentals, close to the Incheon side of the Yellow sea bodes a global university for learning English. This quiet university town offers plenty of solitude for personal research and rediscovery in a low stress environment, which is unique in Korea. Despite the superficial shopping malls such as the glitter of Canal Road, I would recommend a visit or better a stay in this town. In the future the coal dust sky from China’s pollution should fade. Another drawback is the limited affordable housing in this free trade zone, international economic development center city. Nevertheless, foreign professors/English teachers are welcome at the university and offered free on-campus housing.

6.2.3 Jeju Island

Jeju offers the venue of a semi-tropical island with a diversity of beaches ranging from the beauty of the best of the Pacific islands to the splendor of rocky volcanic coastlines. A stout people separated from their mainland for over a thousand years display a unique ethnicity diverging from the superficial materialism that has infected the Christianized Korean mainland. The missionaries don’t appear to have reached this island so there is a greater adherence to the original cultural religions.

6.2.4 Gurya

Part of the Jellojab province distinctive for its cuisine, natural beauty – samdokan river, agricultural and mining, artists, and tourism. Yet, there was a massacre of the civilians during the Korean War. Much of the brutal murder of this period was misconstrued to the civilian population caught up in the U.S.-Soviet Union-China Cold War. The Korean people were coming out of the oppression of Japan wanting to overthrow the puppet government who had implemented that oppression. Ironically the U.S. had reinstalled the same puppet government in their occupation neglecting to consider the historical context. Hence, imperial Japanese-like oppression and massacres like that in Gurya would occur based on irrelevant accusations of folks being communists would further polarize civilians against a government interested in securing its own power in a transitional government.

Was this oppression preventable without losing the entire country to the communist-Deity government of the North? Furthermore a dynasty viewing its leader as a deity and all folks serving his interests has no basis in communism. In addition the North remains in isolation with its cease-fire agreement to this day with the South who they still view as inheritors of Japanese imperialism.

Reconciliation will only come through recognition of the historical context of the conflict, which ironically is buried deeply today in further conspiracies of the Cold War. For example, the massacre site in Gurya is hidden without signs directing to its location. The descendants of this massacre still have a fear that the official recognition of their mistreatment will lead to discrimination by the government reducing their career opportunities. Hence, their names are not officially listed on memorial plaques at the few memorial sites that exist and were built by one government.

There is a general fear of losing face in Korea. There is a fear of losing control. There is a fear of revolution or its undercurrents. In the South the majority population adopted Christianity with little inspection. Capitalism also dominates. Yet, things are changing. Handicap facilities that were looked upon with shame previously have spread throughout the country. Still in the South political parties on the left are often declared illegal after elections removing their leaders from the government. Democracy is limited. While in the North there is almost no freedom except from Western values and capitalist idolatry.

Underneath it all is family respect and honor, Confucian education and class values, and even an element of the magic of Totems. Health in the context of athletic excellence and mastery of a sport are common goals of folks. There is also a deification value of the spirit of ancestors in the South that probably exists in the North as well. Finally there is a patriotism that drives the unity of purpose.



[789] Rabbi Aryeh Rosenfeld on Kings 2:3-4 00:31:00
[790] Rabbi Aryeh Rosenfeld on Kings 1:2
[791] “American Jews Who Reject Zionism Say Events Aid Cause”, Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times, June 25, 2010.
[792] For Jamie who when she gets to Jerusalem will never be able to leave.
[793] http://www.shemayisrael.com/parsha/feinhandler/archives/haazinu.htm
[794] Genesis Rabbah 68:12
[795] The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia, Idel, p. 116.
[796] Ibid. 110-111.
[797] March 14th, 2003 at Friday evening services with Dan Black at Chabad, Salt Lake City.
[798] Ushpazim typically refers to the patriarchic guests. They serve as a meditative focus to elevate ones meal in sharing with their spirit. Nevertheless, kal vhomer, if one can bring a living guest into his Sukkah...
[799] See Text 15-10: Perkei Avot 6:10
[800] To visit their graves.
[801] The Zionist Idea, Arthur Hertzberg, p. 294.
[802] The Philosophy Book, DK, 2011, p.222
[803] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4157152,00.html
[804] “Big banks colluded for years on fees” http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/big-banks-colluded-for-years-on-fees-1.274907, http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/banks-to-fight-antitrust-ruling-that-they-colluded-on-fees-1.264896
[805] Capital One credit cards. Fees on ATM withdrawals did not exist in the 1980’s.
[806] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4455145,00.html
[807] David C. Thomasma; David N. Weisstub (2004). The variables of moral capacity. Springer. pp. 110–. ISBN 978-1-4020-2551-8. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
[808] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_the_gods_%28Sumerian_paradise%29

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