Symposium: Balancing Responsibilities Towards Medinat Yisrael
For many Modern Orthodox Jews who live in the Diaspora, there is a perpetual tension between
dedication and focus to the State of Israel on the one hand, and to one’s own surroundings and
community on the other. This tension manifests itself in a variety of ways, including decisions
regarding voting, charitable donations, and budgeting time for supporting meaningful causes.
Additionally, many Diaspora Jews understandably feel the pressure to make aliyah but struggle
to balance that with other considerations regarding where to live. We asked guest contributors to
respond to the following prompt relating to these issues:
1. How should a Jew living in the Diaspora balance responsibilities to one’s own
community with responsibilities towards Israel as a religious zionist?
2. What factors, priorities, and values should one weigh when deciding whether or not to