Eretz Yisrael Time

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Sunday, March 30, 2008
I have been dying to use that title for something. Seriously, how often does a serious (and positive) event happen, that you can satirically tack a title like that onto it?

What am I talking about you ask?

Well, a well known Rabbi, Rabbi Shalom Rosner of Congregation Bais Ephraim Yitzchak of Woodmere, NY just announced to his congregation that he is moving to Israel, forging a new community, and that a number of his congregants are joining him.

Seriously, the last Rabbi I can think of that had the guts to do that was Rabbi Riskin, and look where he is now... Chief Rabbi of Efrat with American residents at his beck and call.

The truth is, I doubt Rabbi Rosner's congregants were that surprised. His wife (a doctor) gave a major interview about how Nefesh b’Nefesh is helping her with their Aliyah plans. And obviously Rabbi Rosner has been talking to amenable ears in his congregation who will be following him.

Of course, most people talk for years about Aliyah, before they actually do it.

Anyway, Rabbi Rosner is moving to a new neighborhood in Beit Shemesh called Nofei HaShemesh, where he will be taking a lead role in building the community (of 400 homes), schools, shuls, and so on.

If you want to hear all the details, you can click here for the entire story.

Welcome to Israel.



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