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We thus see that not only is it a positive Torah precept to live in Israel, as the Ramban states, but also that living outside of Israel is considered harmful from a spiritual perspective. If so, we are left with a serious dilemma. Now that there is a State of Israel, how do we explain living in America and the other lands of the Diaspora? Moreover, how to account for the many gedolim who live outside of Israel?

(To be continued)


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Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at