Please Come Home!

by Tehillah Hessler on August 31, 2014

I haven’t written in awhile for several reasons; 1) I am really busy LIVING a happy life in Israel despite what you might see in the twisted media and 2) I honestly became discouraged that my pleas have fallen on deaf ears.  When I saw the latest Maccabeats video today it made me think of all of you who remain in the old country – I miss you – and so I’ll leave it to these beautiful voices to share what I pray is stirring in your hearts.


Efrat is Happy!

by Tehillah Hessler on July 15, 2014

Efrat is not only happy, Efrat is Good according to the sign Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is dancing with in this fun video that has me recalling why we almost moved there – great people!  If you’re making Aliyah, Efrat is a great choice.

Below this video on YouTube is an important message that I encourage you to read and respond to:

During these difficult times which are facing the Jewish people I thought it would be appropriate to convey the fact that we will not despair and that we are still happy.
The way in which we plan to perpetuate the memory of the 3 boys who were murdered in our neighborhood is by building a simcha hall in Efrat.
I strongly encourage you to take part in this important endeavor.

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Efrat Development Foundation


Moshe Feiglin: Time to Change Direction

July 2, 2014

Moshe Feiglin has a plan that will ring familiar to followers of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s vision. Perhaps the time is right? Share your thoughts in the comments below. This video is in Hebrew with English captions – to turn them on, click the YouTube logo to open this in a YouTube window and then click […]

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We are One

July 1, 2014

Worry. Grief. Devastation. Anger. So Many Tears. My heart breaks for family and friends of Gil’Ad, Eyal and Naftali. I never had the privilege of meeting these young men, but I know them and their mothers, fathers, siblings, other relatives and friends – I know and love them because we are one. This oneness is […]

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Yom HaAtzmaut 5774

May 6, 2014

Independence Day in Israel is celebrated with fireworks, food, live performances, food, military exhibitions, picnic food, lots of fun things for kids, food, touring beautiful places, food and more food! This is a must share, beautifully done video celebrating Israel’s 66th Anniversary, I hope you all enjoy it too!

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Good Advice: Get Out!

April 6, 2014

We’ve been living in The Land now for almost 6 years, which I think makes us veterans (or “vatikim”) by olim standards. In addition to an overall life-changing experience, making Aliyah can be a career changer for some. My reaction to the first year of work famine was to work doubly hard in the following […]

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The Cost of Jewish Education

September 9, 2013

This chart, put out by Nefesh B’Nefesh is pretty accurate from our 5 year experience here with public religious elementary school.  Our son has entered 7th grade in a private yeshiva and the cost is comparable to what the chart displays for high school. Find out more about the educational benefits of Aliyah at the […]

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Shana Tova 5774!

September 1, 2013

Below are some holiday videos I found inspiring and fun. I hope you do too.

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Aliyah Planning: Finances

May 1, 2013

I made my semi-annual trip to my accountant’s office yesterday and, as usual, it was not a pleasant experience. This is in no way my accountant’s fault!  Rivki at Don Shrensky & Company is one of the nicest and kindest people I’ve ever met (i.e., she always tries to soften the blow) and she has […]

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The Maccabeats Aliyah

April 18, 2013

I’m sharing this beautifully done Aliyah video by the Maccabeats because my friend Shoshana just shared it on Facebook and somehow I managed to miss it when it was launched a few months ago. Enjoy!

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