Michigan, New Jersey, Alabama, The Philippines, Mexico, Georgia, Spain, California. These are the places I lived before making Aliyah. Everything in this world has a purpose. What good could come out of living in all these places? These places have given me a reason to fall in love with Israel.  Not only to fall in love with Israel, but to also make Israel my own. To truly belong and be a part of the land that I live in, which is a privilege I had yet to enjoy. A foreigner in foreign lands, living in exile.

“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy” Tehllim 126:5

This Elul, we were presented with an opportunity to do just that. To make Israel our own and to build something in the land that we have fallen in love with. The road ahead is long, uncertain, and many challenges will arise. We will work the land, build a community, and set out on a unique shlichus unheard of. With Hashem’s blessings and the Rebbe’s strength, we will turn desolate lands into a flourishing enclave of Torah and Chassidus. Not just the physical lands, but the spiritual lands. We will leave a legacy and optimistic outlook on life for our children and grandchildren to thrive on. We will provide a light to ignite the flame in the Jewish people and to be a light unto the nations.

The Rebbe once said “When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever. ”

Now is the time. This is the moment. If we don’t catch it, it may flutter away and be lost. Everything in this life has a purpose. Every moment, every word, and every action, is a step in the universal dance with Hashem. We were offered an incredible opportunity to make a dwelling place for Hashem, and we will not waste a precious moment.