Thursday, October 03, 2013

Guest Post: The Doors of Aliyah are Closing

כ"ט לחודש השבעי תשע"ד
by Hillel Levin
Israel Chesed Opportunities
"Shiloh, home of the Mishkan for 369 yrs. Connecting with my brothers and sisters!"

29 Tishrei 5774/October 3, 2013

For years I have said that I feared that the Doors of Aliyah* were closing and that all Jews choosing to live Hutz L'Aretz (outside of Israel) should make Aliyah now.

I was not being Prophetic, I was just doing what the Sages have told us to do: Ro'eh es ha nolad. "Look at the outcome."

So now President BO is playing chicken with the Republicans in Congress holding the budget as hostage. This has frozen the US Government. A direct result has been that 800,000 of the 1.4 million government workers have been sent home without pay. Keep in mind that a fair number of Jews are employed by the US Government.

Another result is that Government spending is on hold, so any number of businesses that supply goods or services to the US Government are now slowing or shutting operations. So there are less goods being shipped, so less need for truckers etc.

So this has consumers spending less since that is what happens whenever there is a blow to the economy. Property values will decrease. It will be even harder to sell real estate so that one can pay of their mortgages.

Another result of a shutdown US Government is that routine passport applications are not being processed. This will have a direct effect on the ability of any Jews looking to make Aliyah. No passport? Can't leave the US.

Brothers, sisters, get the message: THE GATES OF ALIYAH ARE CLOSING. Please come home immediately.


*Aliyah - Heb.: "ascending," Jewish immigration to Israel


Shy Guy said...

I'm sorry. I don't get it.

100s of 1000s of mostly useless and redundant US government workers are on temporary furlough, saving US taxpayers troughs of money and this guy thinks it means the sky is falling?!

Nope. In fact, I'd like to fire 60%-70% of the Israeli government bureaucracy. Now that's what I call a happy ending!

If there will be an Eit Tzarah L'Yaakov in the US, it will not be because of the shutdown itself.

Esser Agaroth said...

What stuck out for me was the passport issue.

People scoffed at the Icelandic volcano, too, severely delaying Jews' return to Eretz Yisrael after their Pesah "vacations."

Call me meshuga, but I'm just connecting the dots.

(More dots posted tonight or tomorrow, hopefully!)

Shy Guy said...

Have you made the same observation when the Israeli government is on strike and Ben Gurion is shut?


Esser Agaroth said...

Yes, not just the airport, but all kinds of shenanigans by the Israeli gov't.

Icelandic Volcano

You really don't remember this?

Shy Guy said...

II remember the Volcano. So what?!

It blew over (heh!) and people have been coming on Aliyah since.

This is a real Chicken Little opinion piece.

That's not to say that the Ribbono Shel Olam is going to wait forever for western Jewry to pack up and move. However, listing the Iceland volcano eruption and the US government shutdown as the signs that the sky is falling is just plain goofy.

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