Lonely Man of Cake

April 26, 2007

Yeridah Manifesto

Filed under: Diaspora,Israel,Judaism — lonelymanofcake @ 1:33 pm

(DISCLAIMER: I’m grumpy today and there hasn’t been any real sunlight.)

Yeridah (ירידה=descent) is a somewhat pejorative term which refers to the emigration of Jews from Israel. It has the opposite directional connotation of aliyah (עלייה), which is a function of how (many) Israelis view the phenomenon, which is barely offset demographically by yearly aliyah numbers.

A fellow by the name of Idan Ben-Barak emigrated from Israel to Australia, and in a piece which he submitted to Ynet, he urges his former countrymen to follow suit.

I wouldn’t call yeridah an anti-aliyah. I think that both require courage, conviction, and a readiness to sacrifice. The difference is “merely” ideological. For your average post-Zionist, the prevalent, almost axiomatic yearning to live in the Diaspora probably resembles the Zionistic yearnings of their grandparents, albeit without the religious and nationalistic baggage.

To deny that Israel suffers from serious problems in every possible area would be an act of delusion. Many folks want to live here nonetheless, some make the choice of moving here from abroad, and yet others have no choice but to stay. But if you have the goal, and the means, to leave, until this country can install a viable government and get its act together, don’t let anyone stop you.  As strikes seem to be the only way to make things better in Israel, I think that the whole country should show up at the airport one day with packed bags. Maybe that will push through the message a bit more poignantly.



  1. Very nicely put. I think it takes a while for modern orthodox american zionists (as well as Israelis wanting to move away from Israel) to feel comfortable in their own skin — i.e., to feel comfortable making the conscious, often agonizing, decision NOT to make aliyah.

    Comment by yeho — April 27, 2007 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  2. Agreed. Choosing to remain in the Diaspora, especially when it’s a conscious decision, is also a major value judgment that requires “courage, conviction, and a readiness to sacrifice,” particularly when you’re dealing with communities with strong Zionistic leanings. There are certainly sound ideological reasons for remaining in the Diaspora.

    I’ll make a final decision sometime in the next decade.

    Comment by lonelymanofcake — April 27, 2007 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  3. Israel certainly has its warts, but the country is far more livable on a daily basis than it was 10 or even 20 years ago. That said, one should only live in Israel for ideological reasons. If one is only looking for fun and sun, it can be had easier elsewhere.

    Comment by SK — May 3, 2007 @ 3:53 am | Reply

  4. A somewhat belated comment here. I found this by the Narcissitic act of Googling myself, and would just like to say one or two small things:
    1) I thank you for understanding waht I was trying to say. I’m not a post-Zionist. Quite the contrary, I love Israel dearly, and wrote the inflammatory piece in order to encourage thinking and action from Israelies in order to prevent the state from sinking into a catatonic, “nevermind” state. Mass protest, in the form of emigration (at least temporarily) seems to me to be one of the only effective ways of doing this.
    2) I haven’t emigrated. I hold only one passport, one citizenship. I’m a student in Australia.
    3) the piece was written and priginallt published in Hebrew, and was ripped apart ruthlessly in translation. They took out hte entire Q&A section, the bastards! It was the best bit!

    Idan Ben-Barak, Melbourne.

    Comment by Idan — August 6, 2007 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  5. Yeridah is an act of self-hatred towards one’s Jewish lineage. You might as well ask a plastic surgeon to reconstruct your foreskin, because if you make Yeridah, you WILL be assimilated. That which is trying to eradicate everything Jewish from the world is that well-orchestrated, just like the Roman Legions in the 1st Century C.E.

    Jews and Judaism are being attacked from every possible angle in the Diaspora, and while it is no different in Israel, at least there you are with others who won’t forget what it means to be Jewish.

    As far I’m concerned, anyone who consciously decides (assuming no necessity in operation) to make Yeridah is a coward and a softy. The maggot will be your mother in Sheol.

    Comment by Repentant Missionary — January 27, 2009 @ 1:43 am | Reply

  6. […] of Jews who migrated to Israel, including my parents, have left: a Jewish state does not negate potential happiness in the Diaspora. And of course, let’s not forget that Israel is the only “Western,” “democratic” country […]

    Pingback by No, I Will Not Stop Criticizing Israel on Facebook | New Voices — January 28, 2014 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  7. […] of non-Orthodox Judaism through state channels, I would hardly call the State of Israel only beneficial for Jews. With this nonsense – combined with the rise in anti-Semitism that the Occupation has […]

    Pingback by Apocalypse Now: Preparing for the Potential End of Jewish Statehood | New Voices — June 25, 2014 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: