Monday, May 17, 2010
The Yin and Yang of Making Aliyah
On the one hand, there's the anticipated glory of Israel. Living a fuller Jewish life. Responding to Hashem's call. Being part of the largest miracle in Jewish history. Being part of the story. Crying during HaTikva. Growing spiritually and connecting to one's soul in a deeper, more meaningful, more lasting way than would ever be possible outside the Land. Learning more Torah. Living with emunah, mamash. All that.
Then there's the anticipated pain of living in Israel. The language barrier. Middle-Eastern bureaucracy. A whole new breed of worries about making a living. Figuring out how to get proper health care. Having your kids adjust to school. Smaller living spaces. Trying to buy enough of the right consumer goods (Q-Tips, deodorant, sunscreen and the New Balance sneakers I've been wearing for years) to last until a friend or family member can replenish our stock. Fear of poverty. Lack of money. Flimsy plastic cups and poor-quality paper goods. Getting ripped off by a fill-in-the-blank system you don't understand. No more WalMart. The raw fear of the unknown.
Did I mention fear of economic insecurity?
This is the yin and yang of making aliyah... and it never stops.
No wonder I'm not sleeping well.
Posted by Rivkah Lambert Adler at 11:22 PM