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Things You See from Over Here

We stare at the images of devastation, both to personal property and to the very shoreline of the Eastern Seaboard, and we are aghast.
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Now, Israel could stand to improve a whole lot, no doubt about it. I suspect that a million U.S. Jews could help with those improvements. A million Russians did, in very significant ways.

To be perfectly frank, I rarely bother to read the type of articles I just submitted for your consideration. But I hope that you’ll treat it seriously, because I know and love so many of you, and because I have a pretty good idea just how much better off you would be over here.

It’s 75 degrees in Netanya on an early Sunday morning. We expect 85, with a nice breeze in the afternoon. We get the occasional rain here, but it is rarely the frozen type. When we get two days of snow in Jerusalem the whole country goes nuts. Otherwise our weather is quite predictable: warm with a chance of a little less or a little more warm.

Come home to where it’s safe and pleasant, folks, we miss you.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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18 Responses to “Things You See from Over Here”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    What a wonderful blog Yori.
    To be honest, the pictures posted of N.Y & N.J. look like Ehud Barak (soon to be replaced) visits to Judea and Samaria.
    There were always political, financial, and religious reasons for not coming to Israel; however, now the "tide" has changed. Israel is the only real place for the Jews.
    Tzvi Fishman has been quoting Rav Kook, Rav Kahana and other big Rabbis who support making T’shuva and moving/living in Israel; so, it would behoove every Diasporah Jew to read Tzvi’s blogs and books for they are life savers. T’shuva is not only a return to Israel but also a return to G-d.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    Thank you, Liad. I agree that in the past Israel was the place for "ruchnius" spirituality, and America for "gashmius" material well being. But now Israel has a better gashmius than America, and the numbers back me up.

    I feel we need to sweetly point out this fact of reality to our friends and loved ones in North America.

  3. Tzvi Fishman says:

    Wow! This is actually an intelligent, well written article! I'm impressed!

  4. Tzvi Fishman says:

    Wow! This is actually an intelligent, well written article!

  5. Yori Yanover says:

    Thank you ever so kindly.

  6. Meyer Falik says:

    I believe it would be better if people (Yihudim) would come home to Israel not because they are running away or excaping from something less desirable, but because that is where they (we) belong. We cried when we saw the devastation that Sandy brought. We came on Aliyah in 1982 (I was 30 at the time) and yes we still have family back in NY. America is changing and maybe it is time for America to turn back to their faith to get by. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends, family and fellow Americans.

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