14 May 2024


6 Iyyar 5784
Day 21 of the Omer
Yom Ha'atzma'ut Observed 

Dear Diaspora Jews,

Be thankful.  Because of what transpired on the 5th of Iyyar in 1948, you have a choice that your ancestors prior to that date could only dream about.  The doors to Eretz Yisrael are standing wide open for you.

There are two groups of Jews:  those who argue and say, "we don't have to make aliyah," and those who respond with gratitude, saying, "we get to make aliyah."  Which group describes you?  If you fit the first group, read the Prophet Yechezkel, chapter 20, and think it over.  If you fit the second group, what's keeping you?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Eretz Yisrael,

You've already made the physical ascent, now it's time to move on up another rung on the ladder of spiritual ascent.  The Prophet Hoshea said:
"For the children of Israel shall remain for many days, having neither king, nor prince, nor sacrifice, nor pillar, nor ephod nor teraphim.  Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God and David their king, and they shall come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness at the end of days." (3:4-5)




  1. The Zion of our forefathers was focused on Jewish unity around the Torah and the Temple. Our present day rulers, the Erev Rav, continue to chip away at that by calling their movement to integrate kedushah with tumah "Zionism." By the time they put "-ism" on the end of it, it ceased to have any religious meaning.

    Emerging Independence Day ritual ...

  2. Even the Trump trial is having a negative impact on the Jewish Americans... Cohen plays the role of Judas before House committee

  3. Most American Jews fall into the first group unfortunately.

  4. Every day I pray to be in Israel with my husband. May it please be so. We live in the US. Ú My husband has health issues and is reluctant to move. Our son, daughter-in-law and grandson live in Israel. I understand the reasons to be in Israel, and I am sure there are others in the same situation.

  5. I am in the first group. I don’t see how Ezekiel 20 pertains to my situation. Please explain.

  6. Just want to add about the name 'Cohen'. Once read an interesting post in the Jewish Press years ago. The author wrote about a study taken that said 70% of Ashkenazic 'kohanim' are not true kohanim, whereas 40% of Sephardic kohanim are not true kohanim. Think this is a most probable correct study. The true Kohen has a unique DNA, different than anyone else.
    An abnormal number of Jews with the name Cohen or something like it are intermarried or completely disassociated with Yiddishkeit; so I believe there is truth to the above findings. Unfortunately, the 20th Century killed off, not only the shoa, many Jewish neshamot with assimilation, intermarriage with help from the reform movement which gave a hechsher to everything.
    Of course, the non-Jew doesn't understand these things and all it does is it makes a bad name for our people and also is a cause for anti-semitism. Just thought you might be interested to highlight the mishmosh we've reached, r'l.