23 Shevat 5779
The history of the last hundred years shows that when the situation for Jews in chutz la'aretz got bad, the situation for Jews in Eretz Yisrael got correspondingly worse, too. I used to think that was to preserve free will, and that does figure into it, I'm sure, but now, I think it's more complicated than that.
The secular Zionists always claimed that only in Eretz Yisrael could Jews find safety, but, as many Jews who live comfortably in chutz la'aretz like to remind us, that is, sadly, not the case. Not only are Jews in Eretz Yisrael not safer from bodily harm, they have also not escaped antisemitic acts of violence against their property.
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And there is the crux of the issue. Eretz Yisrael is not a place of safety to escape to. It is a place of kedushah that you embrace. It's a place where the soul can be elevated, regardless of what threatens the body. It's the sole place in the world where the Torah can properly be lived out in its fullness. And for these reasons, Jews should want to come here, even if it were the most dangerous place for Jews in the world. Because, after all, "safety" is just an illusion. When it's your time to leave this world, it doesn't matter where you are, the Malach HaMavet can find you anywhere.
By keeping the heat on here in Eretz Yisrael while the situation deteriorates in chutz La'aretz, Hashem is sending us a message. It's like He is saying, don't bother coming here if you are only seeking peace and safety for continuing your mundane existence. But, if you love Me enough to put everything on the line for a higher existence - one closer to My side - prove it by ignoring the threats. After all, I am the only protection you will ever need anywhere. My hand is not too weak and My arm is not too short - to save you.
When Mashiach comes, true peace and safety will be found all over the world.