Wednesday, September 06, 2006

What an Inspiration!


Every day Yael K. seems to encounter another manifestation of ארץ ישראל נקנית בייסורים. Every day, she displays aplomb, humor, and an increasingly Israeli attitude. She is an inspiration for all those new Nefesh b'Nefesh olim. I think she should publish her blog in book form and give it to every oleh.

5 comments:

Chaim Dov said...

Can you please explain to this non Israeli exactly WHY the sitution must be so? Why can't Isaeli's simply act like members of the first world?

Yael K said...

Jeffrey wow thank you for the serious compliment! I'm both tickled and speechless. And I love the picture you put up--it sooooo captures the feeling one gets even at the thought of having to make a visit to the misrad ha'panim for instance!

Chaim Dov -I think it is because everyone who has ever moved to this country thought, aha, I will change things --it doesn't have to be this way, it can be different and like Picard of Star Trek (TNG) I can "make it so." And then they all figured out that uhh, they can't and when in Israel do as...and they then become the them they wanted to change to begin with. It is kinda fun becoming the them though once you start getting the hang of it!

Chaim Dov said...

Yes, and then consider the thousands and thousands that didn't come and won't come because of it.

Jeffrey said...

You know, without justifying the still exasperating state of such things here, it remains true that ארץ ישראל נקנית בייסורים and there is something grating about people who use them to justify why they won't come.

As I recall, the Levites were disenfranchised by Ezra, for exactly that reason. According to to Seder HaDorot (Halperin), the Jews of Ashkenaz were punished for using exactly that claim. While historically inaccurate, it reflects a definite trend in rabbinic literature.

Chaim Dov said...

Yes, I know all that, but why must we be me'hader in the yesurim? ;)