“To Build a Pleasant House in Israel:” Building a Household vs. Building a Homeland
Throughout the Torah, settling the land of Israel is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise of redemption. As many Jews in the Diaspora know, the promise of the Land of Israel cannot always triumph over the familiarity of one’s home. The rabbis take up the question of what to do when one person in a couple wishes to move to Israel, and the other wishes to remain at home. Does the marriage stay intact? Can anyone force anyone else to move? Rachel Rosenthal explores how to build a vibrant and meaningful Jewish community in the Diaspora that still feels intimately connected to Israel.
NOTE: This program was part of our Summer 2021 Virtual Symposium, Torah of Possibility for an Uncertain Future