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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@saber.towson.edu> Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 23:54:16 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Does a person living in Luxury have the right NOT to go to Israel Eli Turkel in v31n93 writes >>>> The vast majority of Jews can make a reasonable living in Israel. There is no mitzvah to have every luxury. As I once wrote R. Blau of the Neturei Karta lived in a hut while visiting the US so that he should at >>>> The Rambam is very explicit Law of Gifts to the Poor, Chapter 7:3 >Poverty is relative to a former life style >If the poor person was used to a chariot and servants >then THAT IS WHAT YOU GIVE HIM!!! In other words I don't think we should run around telling people WHO ALREADY LIVE IN LUXURY that they should go on Aliyah and that what they are doing is not optimal. The change from a materialistic American life to a more idealistic Israeli style may be too much for most people We do not have the right to say that Halachah requires it. (Of course Eli is right to try and get people BEFORE they live in Luxury and BEFORE they have jobs) Russell Hendel; Phd ASA; RHendel@Towson.Edu Moderator Rashi is Simple http://www.shamash.org/rashi/