Galut is a Curse

11 May 2010

Every time I read the long list of curses in the Torah portion Bechukotai, I’m always struck by the fact that being removed from Eretz Yisrael and subsequently being thrown into exile is considered an awful punishment and curse. It’s really very clear, stated in black and white.

Yet despite this fact, Jews in galut, including many who know these verses far better than I do, continue to thrive and prosper and enjoy their very enjoyable lives in New York, Paris, Melbourne and Toronto. In other words, in complete contradistinction to what Hashem is telling us, Jews are happy with what in reality is a horrible curse and punishment.

Please, please stop prolonging this curse called ‘galut’!

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