Bankruptcy, Debts, Writ of Execution & Finances

Question: What is the most popular reason for immigrants to give up the dream of Aliyah and leave Israel?

Answer: DEBTS!


So many new immigrants have asked me “how come such a harsh tool as the Writ of execution (or “Hotza’a La’poal” in Hebrew) can exist in Israel? Why”?

The “Why” questions from new immigrants:

  • “Why does it have to be like this?”
  • “Why are the laws and regulations as ineffective as they are?”
  • “Why do I have to wait for such a long time to get what I need or to be granted some right that I am legally entitled to, anyway?”
  • Why is it that because I have debts I cannot leave Israel?
  • Why have this ban on leaving the country just because someone owes money?

If you want to be part of the Israeli society, the “Why” question, however, is the wrong question you should be asking.

You may be right, you may have the right, but sometimes the cost in life to exercise a right can be not only unworthy but destructive.

There is an absurd Roman proverb: Fiat justitia, ruat caelum ( Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall).

If you believe in this proverb (Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall) and by it you act daily, be prepared to handle the heavens because eventually it will fall on your head – and it just may bury you.

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