Comment: More than 60% of people who left Israel were immigrants from the former Soviet Union. According to the latest statistics published by the Central Bureau of Statistics, about 150,000 young people who came to Israel from the CIS have left Israel because of the high cost of living, and have moved to Canada and the US. It is a trend that has been on the rise especially in the last couple of years.
According to statistics, in the 25 years that have passed since the last repatriation, 150,000 -200,000 people left the country due to their inability to prosper financially. The bulk of the people who went to Canada and the US, are specialists in the field of hi-tech.
Answer: Of course, because it is easier to live there. But I want to point out another attribute that is typical of newcomers. People from all over the world, who belong to different religions, both Jews and non Jews, for example, aspire to reach our organization Bnei Baruch. If we could absorb all those who are interested, I believe that about 5,000 – 10,000 people would come to Israel. And they wouldn’t be worried about where to find a job and what to do, but would mainly care about being here together in the Land of Israel in order to build a new united society.
It all depends on a person’s goal. A person who comes to Israel not knowing what the right goal is, will certainly prefer to be better off abroad, and it makes no difference where.
Comment: They know the purpose of their coming to Israel. They simply want a bigger house, a good car…
Answer: That’s right, but you don’t need to come to Israel in order to fulfill the same goals people have everywhere else. We should understand the difference between members of our Bnei Baruch organization who live all over the world, and everyone else. We are managed by a spiritual goal that gives a person clear direction about what is important in life.
When the importance of the spiritual goal and the spiritual ideology awakens in a person, everything else becomes less important. He truly wants to come here and agrees to any condition as long as his soul can advance, develop, and be filled, while the body is provided with its basic necessities.
Question: Are you saying that the future of Israel is mainly spiritual?
Answer: The future of Israel is only spiritual and only those who are connected to spirituality will be able to live in it. There is no other reason for Israel to exist. No matter how much the Jews are pressured in other counties, they will always find a quiet place to live there. I have met many of them in different places in America. I have been to conventions that Israelis who left Israel organized. I have lectured there and have learned what characterizes these people. They don’t care where they live, whether it is in Phoenix, Arizona, in desolate places with terrible climates that are even worse than the climate in Israel. They don’t care, as long as they live as far away from here as possible.
They believe that the atmosphere of fear is growing in Israel, and they feel there is less pressure and threats where they are, and that they have a greater sense of security. But in fact, statistically there are many more violent events there per resident than here. Therefore this isn’t the reason, but the point is that in Israel they have no filling. This land was meant only for people who are correctly and ideologically aimed at the meaning of life. Therefore, the future depends only on us!
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/21/16