December 5, 2008

Feeling apart of Eretz Yisrael

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 1:11 am

As much as things have been difficult for my family the last few years, I told my wife that I feel we recently had a breakthrough. In the past, it could be that we were still open in the back of our minds to going back to America should we find ourselves at a breaking point. Now standing at these cross-hairs, we feel as if we are apart of Eretz Yisrael and can’t think of ourselves anywhere else. We would do whatever we could to remain here should it be Hashem’s will.


  1. B”H

    There was a time when I thought about escape. Moving back to my parents row house. To the local pizza place where I worked for 4 summers and flip pizzas.

    But I read a Hayom Yom that struck me one day. It said (paraphrasing) that if a person could exert a certain influence, and instead he becomes a baker (or what have you), then he is doing himself and Hashem an injustice. Meaning that we are put into this world with specific potentials, and a very particular purpose. It’s our calling and it’s why we’re here.

    When I realized that moving back to Philadelphia was not an option, suddenly, the ball was tossed back in Hashem’s court. When one’s back is fully and completely to the wall, then it’s up to Hashem to present the right and correct path to turn.

    As long as there’s an “out” — one foot in, one foot out — then we have emunah and we have bitachon, but in some way, to some extent, it’s conditional:

    “Help me Hashem. But if times really get tough, I’m going to just give up and move back home.”

    It came to a time where I realized that: 1) Hashem wants me to do what I’m doing 2) Giving up is not an option 3) So Hashem MUST provide.

    There’s no choice because I didn’t allow for one. I had two choices and I chose to move forward. To jump head on to the sea. From that point on, it’s up to Hashem to split the sea. Whether by Moshe Rabbeinu himself, or whoever, whatever, that sea needs to split!

    For me, the biggest joke is when we are about to give up on everything we’ve struggled so hard for, but instead, we fight and surge forward even stronger.

    It’s the biggest joke because that’s when Hashem laughs the hardest “Nitzchuni Bnai, Nitzchuni” — Hashem gave us the power to win. And when we do, the rolling laughter can be heard throughout all of Creation.

    Nitzchuni Bnai, Nitzchuni! It’s time for us, for each one of us, the firstborn children of Hashem, to be winners.

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — December 5, 2008 @ 7:59 am

  2. baruch haBa! or maybe also baruch haNimtza! 🙂

    Comment by yitz.. — December 7, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

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