1.Received a copy of a heartfelt and forceful letter written to the Chief Rabbis, ( something to emulate!) , by Yonatan David:
2.Then I received from Moshe the link to an article in Hebrew
...This article discusses what the various Rebbes and Gedolim have to say about how to receive the pope. The consensus among the Haredi rabbis, and well as Rav Ovadia, as well as Rav Lau, if you recall, is to avoid OFFENDING THE POPE for fear of ANTISEMITISM in the world.
With other words, JEWS OF THE GALUT ARE HOLDING THE CHIEF RABBIS OF ISRAEL HOSTAGE: BECAUSE OF THEIR CONTINUED PRESENCE THERE, AM YISRAEL AS A WHOLE HAS TO TOLERATE AVODA ZARA IN ERETZ YISRAEL.
Is this what the following Gemara means???
Ketubot 110b? '"Our Rabbis taught: One should always live in the Land of Israel, even in a town most of whose inhabitants are idolaters, but let no one live outside the Land, even in a town most of whose inhabitants are Israelites; for whoever lives in the Land of Israel may be considered to have a God, but whoever lives outside the Land may be regarded as one who has no God. For it is said in Scripture, To give you the Land of Canaan, to be your God. Has he, then, who does not live in the Land, no God? But [this is what the text intended] to tell you, that whoever lives outside the Land may be regarded as one who worships idols. Similarly it was said in Scripture in [the story of] David, For they have driven me out this day that I should not cleave to the inheritance of the Lord, saying: Go, serve other gods. Now, whoever said to David, 'Serve other gods'? (1Sam 26:19) But [the text intended] to tell you that whoever lives outside the Land may be regarded as one who worships idols"
And today we see, to our great sorrow, that BECAUSE OF THE JEWS WHO PREFERRED THE FLESHPOTS OF EGYPT TO ERETZ YISRAEL, ERETZ YISRAEL TODAY HAS TO COMPROMISE WITH ADOVA ZARA, with the worship of idols .
The chief rabbis have to choose between the lives of the Jews of the Galut, and the officially sanctioned worship of idols in Eretz Yisrael!
IS THIS A SUFFICIENT MOTIVATION FOR THE JEWS OF THE GALUT TO RUSH HOME IMMEDIATELY, SO THEIR VERY PRESENCE IN THE GOLAH WON'T LEAD US TO BE PARTNERS IN AVODA ZARA IN ISRAEL?
TO BE NOTED THAT A PHILANTHROPIST IS PAYING FOR A PORTION OF THE PLANE TICKETS OF JEWS WHO WANT TO COME HERE FOR LAG BAOMER from the US. MAYBE THIS IS THE OCCASION TO JUST PICK UP, AND LEAVE? SO YOU WON'T BE THE CAUSE OF THIS ENORMOUS CHILLUL HASHEM???
Subsidized Plane Tickets for Jewish Pilgrims
(IsraelNN.com) A wealthy American benefactor has subsidized flights to Israel for the Lag B'Omer festival, the anniversary of the passing of the Mishnaic Sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Starting Friday, dozens of American residents began to arrive on a pilgrimage to Meron, Rabbi Shimon's burial place.The high price of USD 900 for a ticket from New York to Israel prompted a philanthropist to subsidize the price to Jewish pilgrims for USD 499, LaDaat.net reports.
3. Also THIS from Moshe: even a MERETZ MK opposed the visit!
4. Finally, Joel - a Christian, who should know! - says: