Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Leaving Your Parents To Move To Eretz Yisroel... Not So Fast!

Rav Moshe Shternbuch was asked (2:449) if someone was living in Chutz La'Aretz and helping his parents, may he go to Eretz Yisroel and leave behind the Mitzva of Kibud Av V'Eim? Before answering this question he makes a point of saying that the Mitzva of Yishuv Eretz Yisroel is only if someone feels the Kedusha of Eretz Yisroel and wants to raise his level of Ruchniyos. If the purpose of the move is to escape the Galus, there is no mitzva.

With regard to the dilema between Yishuv HaAretz and Kibud Av V'Eim, he says that these two mitzvos are of equal importance and you should not stop one to do the other, as Chazal say "HaOseik B'Mitzva Patur Min HaMitzva". The only time you may leave the Mitzva of Kibud Av is if the reason for your going to Eretz Yisroel is for your children's Chinuch. The mitzva of Chinuch HaBanim takes precedence of Kibud Av and nothing compares to it, especially if their future depends on it.

He ends by saying that this is the general rule.  However each person should consult a Gadol before making a decision and Hashem will certainly make his path successful. 

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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