Good Advice: Get Out!

by Tehillah Hessler on April 6, 2014

Yisrael with cotton candy at the Jerusalem Music FestivalWe’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 years in an attempt to catch up financially. Even under the best of circumstances I have workaholic tendencies and I’ve only recently realized that it isn’t healthy to work 16-hour days indefinitely; I need to slow down and give my family some quality time as well. And that is what prompted me to take my 13-year-old to the Jerusalem Sounds of the Old City Music Festival last Thursday.

WARNING! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and this is going to be a long post!

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The Cost of Jewish Education

by Tehillah Hessler on September 9, 2013

nbn-cost-of-educationThis 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 NBN site.

Costs may vary based on location and other factors (like private vs. public education).

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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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Happy 65th Birthday Israel!

April 15, 2013

Tonight begins the celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut – the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the modern State of Israel. Similar to the 4th of July  Independence Day in the US, but different in that Israel observes Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron – Remembrance Day) the day before Independence Day to remind us of the fact […]

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Israel Independence Day – How Independent Do YOU Feel?

April 15, 2013

Ignorance is DANGEROUS. Yesterday I noticed this image in my Facebook stream – a friend had “Liked” it. I agree with the concept so I clicked through to the group that had posted it; a group named We, the People, will be heard. Scrolling down their page I saw a lot of American Patriotic conversations […]

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12 Year Old Entreprenuer’s Revolution in Jewish Entertainment

April 11, 2013

During the frenzy of preparing for Pesach, I received an email asking me to share this story on my blog.  I politely told the sender – the father of this amazing 12-year-old – that I was busy cleaning, shopping and cooking (and suspected that most of you were too)  and that I’d get to this […]

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Irena Sendler the Hidden Holocaust Hero

April 7, 2013

New records, facts and stories are constantly coming to light which provide fresh perspectives for Holocaust studies. Some of the new information comes from survivors while other data is ascertained by researchers. One particularly moving account of heroism during the Holocaust was uncovered by a group of Kansas high school students whose dedication to publicizing […]

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Remembering the Holocaust in Meaningful Ways

April 7, 2013

There is no doubt that Yom HaShoah holds significant meaning to individuals whose families were directly affected by the Holocaust and for anyone who has a close bond to the Jewish people.  I don’t know about other Jews by Choice, but for a long time I had difficulty making a connection to this “holiday”. Growing […]

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