I just received this message from NBN with an incredible offer that should be shared with every American-Israeli Jew whose parents are still living in the US.
Limited Opportunity: Bring Your Parents Home…On Us!
Give your parents the gift of reuniting with your family in Israel, by helping them make Aliyah this year. In order to help make Aliyah easier for retiree Olim (65+)*, Nefesh B’Nefesh is offering you a free round-trip flight from Israel to America, so you can help your parents pack up, then join them on a special Aliyah ‘Generations’ flight at the end of December 2012.
Apply now – contact Liz Bernstein, MSW, Director, Aliyah Guidance & Process-North America firstname.lastname@example.org , and help bring your parents home to Israel this year, so you can spend this Winter together in Israel!
I’m running a week behind checking out the videos that YouTube is certain I should be watching! So this morning I caught the video posted last Wednesday of Jamie Geller’s family departing the US and arriving in Israel. As I was breaking open a new package of Molett tissues (nope, I don’t feel I need to spend extra for Kleenex anymore), it occurred to me that all those painful tears at JFK could be completely done away with if everyone would come home together. Imagine… only joyful tears and cheers upon landing at Ben Gurion.
I received an email from an old friend last week updating me on the growth of her family and ending with a statement that could be taken as sincere concern – or cutting (because it’s sometimes difficult to detect someone’s intent in an email). After mentioning that her husband isn’t happy at work but stays for the insurance she said:
“Jobs are not easy to come by these days. I hope I did not hit a sour note with that comment. I hope both of you are employed.”
I took it with a grain of salt (because we did struggle with employment in the beginning) and I’m gong to share my response to her here because this is what I’d like to say to all U.S. Galut Jews: Continue reading Letter to an American Friend
Whether you’ve been on-the-fence about making Aliyah, have already moved to Israel or are completely ignorant of what Israel is all about, I highly recommend this informative and inspiring film – Israel Inside – that makes me proud to call myself an Israeli.
The film is hosted by Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, who gave up the unique distinction of being Harvard University’s most popular lecturer to return to his native country, Israel. In the film, Ben Shahar explores the core character strengths – called “actualizers” – that enable Israelis to succeed against incredible odds. Through Tal’s eyes we explore the deep-seated values such as education, family, and responsibility for the world (a Jewish concept known as “tikkun olam”), which directly contribute to Israel’s accomplishments in the economic, technological and humanitarian spheres. And while none of these actualizers are in and of themselves unique to Israel, in combination they are bringing about unparalleled progress and achievement. Continue reading Israeli Actualization
Earlier this week I watched a brief AISH video by Lori Palatnik about the song we sing at the end of the seder – Le Shana Haba b’Yerushalayim (Next Year in Jerusalem). In this message, Lori asks how many people really mean those words. I found this surprising since she doesn’t live in Israel and this is a question most often used when challenging Jews to come home.
Many of the comments on the AISH page under the video are sad and surprising. I wonder how some people can be so blind to the dangers and negativity in their own surroundings; they look at their galut through rose colored glasses while viewing Israel (the unknown!) through the lens of the worst media propaganda available to them. Some have even visited Israel and had negative experiences during a vacation that has solidified their resolve to never live here! Imagine making a life-changing decision based on a few unpleasant experiences because you weren’t open to exploring and appreciating a different culture (or traveling to the communities in Israel that are densely populated by Americans) while on vacation! I wonder how many of their ancestors ran away from the US because their early experiences left a bad taste in their mouths (very few, I’m sure).
And then at the other extreme, there’s the convert who said “I am a convert. A year after I said these words the first time, I was in Jerusalem (without all the helps and money a jew can get for his aliya). It’s true: Whoever really means it can make it.” Why is it that a convert “gets it”, but someone who has spent their entire life immersed in Torah life and culture doesn’t? Continue reading Le Shana Haba b’Yerushalayim!
I just received the following e-mail solicitation from an American organization that will remain nameless:
Looking for a thriving, centrally located, modern orthodox community?
Spend a Shabbos at the xxxxx and experience our warmth and hospitality for yourself. • Over 180 orthodox families and growing • New Family Initiative – $25,000 interest-free loan • Free membership first year and $10,000 savings in shul dues • Hebrew Elementary School – $7,500 per student discount over 3 years (Grades K-6)Continue reading Who can compete with this? Israel can!