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3. See Mesillat Yesharim, and Shaare Kedusha by Rabbi Chaim Vital for a detailed study on the refined character traits needed to establish a proper foundation for the reception of Ruach HaKodesh.

4. Berachot 8A.

5. Isaiah, 12:3, Targum, “With joy you shall welcome a new learning from the elite Tzaddikim.” See the book “Meditation and Kabbalah” by R. Aryeh Kaplan for an in-depth discussion of this topic.

6. Tikuney Zohar, Tikun 30. Orot, Pg. 101.

7. Torat Eretz Yisrael, The Teachings of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda, Pgs. 248-255. See also Rav Mordechai Atia, loc cited above.

8. Orot, Pg. 101.

9. Numbers, 13:31. Mesillat Yesharim, HaRav Chaim Luzzato, Ch. 11, in the discussion on Honor.

10. Vilna Gaon, Kol HaTor, Ch. 5: “Many of the sinners in this great sin of, `They despised the cherished land,’ and also many of the guardians of Torah, will not know or understand that they are caught in this sin of the Spies, that they have been sucked into the sin of the Spies in many false ideas and empty claims, and they cover their ideas with the already proven fallacy that the mitzvah of the settlement of Israel no longer applies in our day, an opinion which has already been disproven by the giants of the world, the Rishonim and Achronim.”

11. Exodus 19:5-6. Isaiah, 43:21.

12. See Torat Eretz Yisrael, Ch. 2, Clal Yisrael.

13. Tanna Debe Eliyahu Rabbah, Ch. 9. Shaare Kedusha, Part 3, Gate 7.

14. Orot, Orot Yisrael, Ch. 9.

15. Mesillat Yesharim, Ch. 19.

16. Deut. 26:5.

17. Sifre, Ki Tavo, 26:5.

18. Genesis, 47:27.

19. Kli Yakar, verse cited.

20. Midrash HaGadol, there. See also, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Torah, loc. cited.

21. Genesis, 47:29-31; and 49:29-32 (See the commentaries of Rabbi Munk and Rabbi Hirsch there).

22. Vilna Gaon, Likutei HaGra, at the end of Safra D’Tzniuta.

23. Shabbat 31A.

24. Kuzari, 2:24.

25. Shemona Esrei prayer.

26. Orot, Orot Yisrael 3:6.

27. Ibid 3:7.

28. Tehillim, 19:8.

29. Based on Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot, 5:3.

30. Zohar, Levit. 73A.

31. Orot HaTorah, HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, 13:7.

32. Bereshit Rabbah, 16:4.

33. Siddur Beit Yaacov, Introduction.

34. Torat Eretz Yisrael, Pgs. 13-15.

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon.

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4 Responses to ““Why Should I Live in Israel? America Has Everything I Need””

  1. Oriana Cottard says:

    Tzvi, I am deeply touched by this so great message. Made me think a lots in deep dimention from safta who survived the Holocaust and the ONE I am and what my heart feels and wants, wich I am the only in my familly. Don't think its so… how can I say? appreciated? why? Of the fear issue-s. So I am the One so proud and inlove of our Eretz who is really from long ago more than readdy and willingto leave everything ( what is everything in my life? I don't know anymore but I am understood with this meaning, I know) To live there my heart and root belong is my maine priority and concern….in despit of what many think…I AM NOT AFRAID AT ALL TO BE IN ERETZ NOR TO LIVE THERE EITHER, BUT THE OPPOSIT IS. I AM AFRAID TO STAY OUT OF IT NO MATTER HOW LONG AND DOn't FEEL GOOD AT ALL WITH IT. EACH TIME I AM COMING BCK FROM ERETZ TO EUROPE, I FEEL MYSELF SO LOST AND TOTALY HEARTBROKEN. IT TAKE ME EACH TIME BETWEEN 3 WEEKS TO A MONTH TO BEING RE-ADAPETED THERE I AM AGAINST MY WILL AND THIS FOR WHAT REASON-S? CLOUM I AM REALIZING TODAY. TO CARE TOO MUCH OF OUR MAKE TOO MANY TIMES THAT THEY STOP TO CARE FOR YOUR OWN NEEEDS….My reasons for it are so many and the choice for my own is so hard when I really and most than everything want to be and live HOME TO ERETZ BUT THAT THE JEWISH AGENCY IN PARIS HAVE STOPED ME FOR A REASON I AM NOT ABLE TO HELP….. Bzrat Hashem Ani rotsa be bait…..BE ERETZ BE YERUSHALAYIM SHELI HEART OF MY HEART.

  2. Tzvi Fishman says:

    Maybe you can bypass the Jewish Agency in Paris and make aliyah the next time you are in Israel.

  3. Oriana Cottard says:

    Tzvi I never have thought about it??? does it work? can you explaine to me on inbox more details please. I am more than readdy for it. Telle more Tzvi. I will do it Bzrat Hashem ken * HATIKVAH * Toda rabba dear friend.

  4. how stupide can be people

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