February 26, 2014
Greetings from Jerusalem,
Permit me to introduce my good friend Rabbi Avrum Friedmann also of Jerusalem and also native of North America. I know Rabbi Friedmann for over 20 years, having met him at various simchas, in which he introduced himself to me as a native of Baltimore and a relative of the late Gaon Rav Michoel Forshlager ZTK"L. As a student in Ner Yisrael, I remember going to the Gaon's house, which was not so much a house, but rather a storehouse of sfarim. Rabbi Friedmann brought me a copy of the just released Biography of Rav Forshlager Michoel B'Achas, which is sitting on my desk as I write this.
The Buy a Piece of Israel project was established several years ago to help ensure that the Land of Israel will remain in Jewish hands for perpetuity. As anyone can see by looking at their website: http://www.buyapieceofisrael.com, and by reading the articles, there is concerted effort by Arabs, both those who are Israeli citizens and those who reside in Arab countries to grab lands, either by encroachment or by outright purchase. This project enables Jews, wherever they reside, to own a piece of Israel at a small cost. The benefits are manifold. In addition to helping to keep Israel in Jewish hands, the owner has the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvos that only apply to land in Eretz Yisrael. This not to mention the financial side, that land and real estate prices in Israel have seen a steady increase in value over the last thirty years.
I therefore call upon you to welcome Rabbi Friedmann into your homes and synagogues and to listen to his message and what he has to offer. This is something, which I believe will be good for you personally and for the Jewish people, both materially and spiritually. And may the Ribono shel Olam bless you with health, wealth and Nachas.
With love of Israel,
Rabbi Sholom Gold