The Children of Israel had been enslaved in Egypt for many years. Suddenly Hashem sends Moshe to help redeem them. What happened to bring this about? We are told in this week’s Torah that Hashem says to Moshe: וְגַם אֲנִי שָׁמַעְתִּי אֶת נַאֲקַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, “And I have also heard the groaning of the Children of Israel…”. Ex. 6,5.
This seems to imply that until the people themselves began to complain there was no need for redemption. The people had become well-adjusted living in Egypt and even when they were enslaved they were still determined to stay there. They had no desire to leave the land. It was only when conditions became unbearable that they started to cry out to Hashem for help.
This same attitude prevailed when it became possible for Jews to leave Babylonia. Some people left, but others were so ensconced there that they preferred to stay.
Again history repeated itself in modern times when Israel became a reality for Jews living all over the world. Many left their Galut environment and made Aliya. Others were forced to leave their countries because of persecution or because life was made too uncomfortable for them and they were forced to leave.
Many Jews have contemplated making Aliya but hesitate for one reason or another. The best way to come to Israel is when they feel that they belong there. Israel hopes they will come soon.