From the onset, I promised not to blog the obvious. Now I will break that promise because not everyone sees as self-understood what I think is.
Jewish schools in the US are so costly, it’s indecent. How does any rabbi agree with that? The whole life in the US is obscenely expensive.
This also forces most Jews there to not have large families. And some breadwinners will feel forced to be dishonest and aggressive to reach the sums that are needed for educating the children “in the Jewish way.”
Well, forget it. Most of what children learn is through example. If you work like crazy and hate your life, they will learn not to stay in the upper-middle class. And if they are fooled to think that you love your life, they will become materialists too. That is the Jewish education you give them.
I don’t cut my beard. Sometimes I tease other Jewish men by saying: G^d grows your beard every day – don’t you get the hint?
Likewise, in the US you: cannot afford your children’s school fees, you cannot have a large family, don’t you get the hint?
In Israel, basic Jewish schools are for free. You want something fancy, how about $ 200 per month per child? Kids here also learn early to be responsible and humble. And get excellent Hebrew that they’ll teach you. And you can have as many children as you both want. And the norm here is not 50% intermarriage. And there are many imperfections in Israeli society that are waiting for you to improve. And you’ll be with Jews from all over the world for the same price. Healthcare is universal and for free. And when you die, your grave and stone are for free.
In Israel you don’t earn a lot of money and you don’t need a lot of money. And if you can keep a US-based job while living here, you’ll live like royalty.
For dozens of generations, living in the Holy Land was only possible in a dream. Now, your kids can explore the country for free on Birthright trips. When you make aliyah, you even get the plane ticket for free.
And then — most importantly — visiting here, didn’t you feel at home? Didn’t you fall in love with the Land and the People?
What are you waiting for?