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July 29, 2019 1:11 pm at 1:11 pm in reply to: DO WE REALLY HAVE A GOOD EXCUSE TO LIVE IN CHUTZ LA'ARETZ? #1766640
Indeed in a few weeks we will be reading in the first Aliyah in Eikev, ‘b Miskainus lo Tochal bah lechem’. Hashem says you will not have any problems financially. Miskainoos, means as a nebach. I don’t know why people assume it will be harder for them financiallly. I would say certain goods and services, that are so cheap in the states, you can do without. I am hoping also to make Aliyah in the next few years.July 29, 2019 1:11 am at 1:11 am in reply to: DO WE REALLY HAVE A GOOD EXCUSE TO LIVE IN CHUTZ LA'ARETZ? #1766293
Rav Hutner made Aliyah around 1970.
I know that a well known MO Rabbi in Teaneck stated 50% of MO go otd. In my limited exp. I have seen where friends, influence, one shleps the other out. I saw this with one of the boys of my son and should have gotten involved earlier in the process. If I couldn’t say something I should have asked the Rav to help. His best friend’s father was very verbally abusive to him growing up, would chastize him about his davening in front of many. He became very anti frum, drugs, non Jewish girls, etc. My son got influenced but is as I said elsewhere at least a little bit back. Now these parents want our son to work some magic which i am not happy about, of course we are talking about people already in their 20’s so you can’t really control to the same extent. It’s sad but I do feel optimism. But in our community, most of the boys he grew up with are otd. I would say 60-70%, some I include as on even though they are only going to Shule on Fri night and Shabbos day only.
Derech is a fluid concept. If the child was not that inspired growing up, talked in Shule with friends, didn’t daven etc. but kept Kosher and was not Michalel Shabbes; then started to work on Shabbos, eat trief, and worse, then comes back to where he was as a youth, many parents would take that, even though they want more. So the child is back on the derech. Goes to shule a bit, makes a minyan once or twice a week, eats Kosher, observed Shabbos.
What exactly is wrong?