Published October 1, 2004
Ask Rabbi Dan
by Rabbi Dan S. Wiko PhD
  Issue: 5.09
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Sharon Isaac asks:
I am basically from India migrated to Israel about 4 years back I have done my graduation, and post graduation in commerce.

Our query is we are deciding to migrate To Canada for better prospects. Here in Israel I follow the Jewish religion I mean Teffllin everyday going for prayers on Sabbath and high holidays attending Arvith in the evening if I get time.

I have got more attached to this if I skip I feel incomplete. Even my wife she follows mikvah and reads Tehellim every day.

Since we in a deciding stage will it be ok and acceptable according to the laws some people say it is wrong to leave Israel. Please advise us in this regard.

Will I be able to continue my religious practice in Canada? I am worried that I should not discontinue.

Your compliance will be highly appreciated.

Dear Sharon,

It is not "wrong" to leave Israel the place, but it would be terrible for you, as a devout Jew to leave Israel in your heart and soul.

Canada has a very large Jewish population and, in many places, a very devout one. I suggest that you do some research into which cities or provinces have a Jewish population that observes, somewhat, in the manner that you do and, then, make your choice of where to go based on that. As a professional, you should have no problem finding suitable employment.

Good luck to you and your family.

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