Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Let's say one makes aliyah and lives in Israel but never takes ulpan and never learns the language. Is that a flawed aliyah?
Let's say one makes aliyah with a family but continues to work in America, sends the kids back to America for the summers, lives in a big house and generally retains lots of aspects of an American lifestyle. Is that a flawed aliyah?
Let's say one makes aliyah and behaves in his or her religious life, exactly as s/he did in America. Same amount of prayer, same amount of learning, same amount of chesed, etc. Is that a flawed aliyah?
I've had this conversation a lot lately. It seems that a number of olim who have been here awhile harbor strong feelings on this subject. In general, people seem to feel that the way they made aliyah is the right way to make aliyah and anything different (read: less than) is flawed.
We're coming up on four months here, so I'm hardly the world's biggest expert, but I'm not prepared to judge anyone else's aliyah as wrong or not good enough or not done right. You made aliyah? You left another life in another county? You live in Israel? You've strengthened the Jewish Homeland by coming and participating in the grandest Jewish experiment in 2000 years?
So you've been here 5 years and you still can't speak Hebrew well enough to order a pizza? Or you're still flying back and forth to America twice a month for work? Or you don't really daven more here than you did back in the Old Country?
But you're here! And, if you came with a family, you brought other people with you.
Something like two-thirds of American Jews have never even been to Israel and we're nipping at fellow Jews who made aliyah but "didn't do it right"?!
I just don't understand that attitude.
Posted by Rivkah Lambert Adler at 4:44 PM