The original title of the post was "Pass the Kool-Aid". I have been dying to use that title for something. Seriously, how often does a serious (and positive) event happen, that you can satirically tack a title like that onto it? (I used it on JoeSettler instead).
But after Jameel's post about the OU and what appears to many people to be their disturbingly typical stance of ignoring Israel and Aliyah as a viable and desirable alternative, I felt that a new title was in order.
What am I talking about you ask?
Well, a well known Rabbi, Rabbi Sholom Rosner of Congregation Bais Ephraim Yitzhok of Woodmere, NY just announced to his congregation that he is moving to Israel, forging a new community, and that a number of his congregants are joining him.
Seriously, the last Rabbi I can think of that had the guts to do that was Rabbi Riskin, and look where he is now... Chief Rabbi of Efrat with American residents at his beck and call.
The truth is, I doubt Rabbi Rosnor's congregants were that surprised. His wife (a doctor) gave a major interview about how Nefesh b’Nefesh is helping her with their Aliyah plans. And obviously Rabbi Rosnor has been talking to amenable ears in his congregation who will be following him.
Of course, most people talk for years about Aliyah, before they actually get around to it (some wait to make aliyah as a lift instead of with a lift, but that is a story for another post), still, it takes a brave rabbi to buck the trend of the other rabbis and when he says that "Israel is home" in his speech, and then actually follows through with it - and to an "Emerging Jewish Community" at that too.
Anyway, Rabbi Rosnor is moving to a new neighborhood in Beit Shemesh called Nofei HaShemesh, where he will be taking a lead role in helping build the community (of 400 homes), schools, shuls, and so on.
If you want to hear all the details, you can click here for the entire story.
Welcome to Israel.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד