Should I buy a house in Eretz Yisroel?
And the answer is that you should buy a house in the place where you’re making a living. To go to Eretz Yisroel and become a schnoorer doesn’t pay. No, no. It doesn’t pay. You must make a living. And therefore whether you buy a house or rent a house, make sure that you’re in a place where you can make a living.
And you should always make sure to find a frum neighborhood. It’s very important. S’vivah, environment, is everything. Not only for your children but for you as well. People who live around a Yeshiva are different than people who live someplace else. You see tzitzis out. Everyone is wearing a black hat. Shabbos is a different kind of Shabbos. It’s a different kind of life. It’s very important to live in a frum neighborhood. And even though sometimes it may be more expensive to live there, it’s worth it. I cannot overemphasize that. A frum neighborhood is most important.
TAPE # E-179 (February 1999)