Rav Doron Perez
Chief Executive, World Mizrachi
[Sefer Devarim (30, 1-10)]: “…וְשַׁבְתָּ֞ עַד ה’ אֱלֹקֶיךָ וְשָֽׁמַעְתָּ֣ בְקֹל֔וֹ כְּכֹ֛ל אֲשֶׁר אָֽנֹכִ֥י מְצַוְּךָ֖ הַיּ֑וֹם”
And you will return to the L-rd, your G-d and head His voice, according to all that I command you today …”
And immediately afterwards in the next verse it says:
This dual return is one of the most extraordinary events in all of human history. It is a rich mosaic of miracles somehow incredibly woven together – the establishment of an independent Jewish State only 3 years after the ovens of Auschwitz; the creation of a country of refuge for millions of returning Jews from over 100 countries, speaking more than 80 languages, after almost 2000 years of wandering; the transformation of the Land of Israel from a barren backwater into a flourishing oasis; the revival of Hebrew from an ancient static textual language to the living lingua franca of the Jewish State; the building of a thriving economy which emerged from the depleted pre-State Yishuv – and to crown it all: the remarkable rebuilding of the Torah world in general with more Torah learning in our generation, arguably than in any other. How blessed we are to be continually witnessing and participating in the incredible process of dual return – to the Land and to Hashem.