Question:In other words, Divrei haRav veDivrei HaTalmid, Divrei Mi Shome'in? And yet, the unnamed Rav is the one acting responsibly with his counsel. Dreaming Of Moshiach can enthusiastically and confidently tell them this, because she is full of her messianic beliefs. But it is disasterous to send someone off Israel, where Hebrew may likely be their second language, where they do not have the connections, where they will be like a fish out of water in a difficult economy, where they might not have the skills to support their family, where the recent layoffs are hurting US olim (see this recent article).
Shalom, I had a very similar experience to your friend's turmoil regarding making Aliyah. We were very serious about making Aliyah 2 years ago. Then I visited a "Big Rav" who put a big fear in us about parnasah (making a living) and I told my wife (big mistake) and it caused my wife to change her mind.
I always pray to Hashem for another opportunity to make Aliyah, Amen.
What kind of a "BIG RAV" puts doubts in people's mind about HKB"H??????????????
Doesn't HaShem זן את הכל (feed all)?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rabbi Chaim Vital, zs'kl, the student of the AriZal, said that at the End of Days it's going to be the "Rabbanim" who are going to cause Moshiach's delay.
This is your test - are you going to trust a Rav who doesn't trust HaShem to give a person a Parnassah or you going to trust HaKadosh Baruch Hu????!!!!!!!!!!!
Choose to trust HKB'H!!!!!!!!!! Parnassa of a person is determined by HKB'H on Rosh HaShana till Rosh HaShana - whether you are in Quebec, Zimbabway, New Jersey, or Tzfat iz not going to change the decree. Every penny/shekel has an address, date, and destination.
If you need more chizuk, remember that HaShem has PLENTY of money and it's us who need to work on our Emunah in HaShem.
I know of more than one person who moved to Israel, did not succeed, and ended up having to move back to the States.
There is a famous Talmudic dispute about whether to dedicate oneself entirely to learning Torah and trust in Hashem, or to work. And many tried the former approach and did not succeed. Why?! Doesn't Dreaming Of Moshiach, who knows better than this rav, say "Doesn't Hashem Zan et HaKol?" Just perhaps, this is not applicable to all situations. And perhaps Rav Chaim Vital was talking about different rabbonim, such that it is not fair or appropriate to apply his words to whomever she happens to disagree with.
Perhaps this very situation is discussed by the gemara and poskim, about leaving Eretz Yisrael being permitted for three reasons -- parnassa, shidduch, and bittul Torah. See this halachic discussion from Rabbi Elchanan Lewis, about not making aliyah for these reasons.
(There is also the position of Rav Moshe Feinstein, about aliyah as a mitzvah kiyumis.)
Furthermore, a rav might be in a better position to assess the personal spiritual and physical needs of the individuals, assessing whether they should make aliyah. It is the "big" rav who will assess the metzius and not just pasken on theory and ideology.
Note that this is a big "issue" and I am not treating it fully here. Of course there is room for a back and forth. But this rabbi has sechel, and the sense not to ruin other people's lives because of ideology. If you are going to move to Eretz Yisrael, by all means do it. But set forth with your eyes wide open, and with good plans, if you want to be able to succeed. To do otherwise is not fair to your wife and children.
What do you think? Do you agree that this rav acted appropriately, or disagree? Please respond in the comment section. I am particularly insterested in the responses of the mystically inclined, mashiach is coming tomorrow, community.
Note: Not intended as psak, halacha lemaaseh. Consult your own local Orthodox rabbi.