I certainly couldn't run for office after writing the following thoughts, for they won't garner popularity. But, these are things that need to be said and heard. Don't say in a few years, "we had no idea..."
B"H Dear Shlomo, I appreciate your thought-provoking comments, and with Hashem's help, I'll address them one by one:
1. You claim, "We all know that assimilation in Israel is much greater and more dangerous than it is in US." That is emotional and unfounded. It does not address the hard statistics of the above article, which shows that the Jewish people in the USA lose 30,000 souls (according to the most optimistic stats - the pessimists say 84,000) a year to assimilation. You know what that means? 100 or more souls a day! Your unsupported claim about assimilation in Israel is a serious slander. The truth is that the teshuva movement is so strong in Israel that it's difficult to find an empty seat in our yeshivas and women's seminars for Baalei teshuva. Cheders are jammed with children of Baalei Teshuva. If you make claims, please support them with hard evidence.
2. You ask, "How can you say that physical Holocaust was better than assimilation and that a Jewish soul could be damned to eternal death?" These are not my words, but the words of the Zohar and the Ari. Ask yourself why previous generations sat shiva for children that intermarried. This generation has become so used to it that it no longer jolts them. Read the description in the Zohar about what happens to a Jew in the next world that marries a non-Jew - if you don't have a heart of stone, you won't sleep for two weeks.
3. You say, "I don’t hear any ahavas Yisroel in the tone of your article." If you were ever in the army, you'd speak differently. When your buddy is in the line of fire, you don't say, "Please lie prostrate, Moishel'e." You shove him in the mad. A lifeguard doesn't say please and thank you to a drowning person - he puts him in a full Nelson and drags him out of the water. An ambulance doesn't play "Moonlight Sonata." Here at Breslev Israel, we give straight "Da'at Torah" as we receive it from our Gedolim here.
4. As far as your claim that the kids "they got into depression, they broke with their parents and friends, they don’t study and don’t work," this is certainly not our fault but the fault of the fantasy-land education in the USA that has crept into Orthodox society, where life is a little bit of Torah and Shabbos and a lot of Disneyland, World Series, and computer games. True, in Israel we live a starker reality, but we serve Hashem. Please see what our sages in tractate Ketubot 111-112 say about living in Israel versus the Diaspora. So, blame the spiritual murder on the fun and games, and not on a loving brother that wants to bring you to safety.
5. Your comment #8 says, "You can’t lock them at home or in a yeshivah for their entire life and you can’t avoid any influence of the modern world." This is modern Orthodox nonsense. Our children here, especially in Breslev, grow up knowing that the modern world not only has nothing to offer, but it is all anti-truth and anti-Torah. We don't lock them up, but we educate in pure Torah values.
Search your heart - many folks first decide they want to stay in the USA, then build an ideology around it. That's not the way to truth. Don't accept my words - in your hitbodedut, ask Hashem what's true. If you seek truth, you'll find it. Blessings and all the best, LB
B"H Dear Shlomo, I try my best to devote time to a person that wants the truth. The whole tone of your letter and continued unfactual emotional appeals and innuendos shows that you want victory - "midat hanitzachon - and not truth. Open up "Pitchei Shaarim" to chapter 22 of "Netiv Zeir" or to "Petach Bes" and you'll see what the Ari says what happens to the neshama of a "Boel Aramis". You apparently don't know what happens to a neshama of a "Chayav Kares" so read The Reishis Chochma sha'ar Hayira Chapter 13. If that's enough, open up the "Emek HaMelech" to Shaar 16 Chapter 6 and see what happens to a neshama that takes zera kodesh and moves it over to the other side. I won't answer further comments on this matter, but there are many other sources as well. Blessings, LB
Was born to Jewish mother but not raised with any religion. she said she wanted all of us to choose our own religion. I married someone that is not Jewish and later found out my heritage. Myself and 2 brothers have chosen to live the life Hashem has called us to but being married to a non-Jew leaves me wandering in the desert. I am Jewish but am not counted. How many more are like me?
While the USA might be the punching bag of this article, Israel is hardly the place to take the moral high ground. One has to guard their eyes just as much, if not more, in Israel as they would in the USA. Plus, many Jews- influential Jews- are rejecting G-d in Israel. It's not that great there.