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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Smart Questions… NO answers?

A short, but probably growing, list of smart questions people ask us, as prospective olim, for which we have ZERO answers at the present time.  Starting with the most common question, the one everybody asks:

  1. Where will you live?  Somewhere cool.  Is there such a thing?  My project for this summer is tracking average temperatures in various parts of Israel.  Cool and not humid.
  2. What about your mother?  I think of this as the Kohen’s Mother Dilemma, and addressed this, a bit, at my other blog.  (accidentally typed “my mother blog” – ha ha ha)  Aliyah will definitely cut not one but many umbilici.  And I’m surprised Windows Live Writer didn’t tag that word as a typo…
  3. Are you bringing a lift?  Actually, I have an answer:  yes.  I want my stuff.  Well, not ALL my stuff.  Some of my stuff.  More than we can bring in suitcases and boxes, I think.  A lift is expensive, new stuff is expensive.  See what I mean about not having any answers?  A friend mentioned half a  lift the other day.  So maybe this question DOES have an answer.

And then there’s one question I thought I had the answer to, but it turns out maybe I don’t:

  1. Will you continue to homeschoolI thought my answer was simple:  NO.  For two reasons, socialization and language, I thought it would be better to put the kids in Israeli schools almost immediately.  In fact, THREE reasons:  us parents are going to need jobs and/or full-time ulpan almost immediately.  There is a fourth reason (are you surprised?):  my promise to Naomi, almost from the beginning, that she would be able to go to school when we made aliyah.  So why fight it?  Why not give up homeschooling?  One BIG reason:  it’s really good for my kids.  In the back of my mind, I have the idea that the kids can go to school and then, due to Israel’s notoriously short school days, I can homeschool them in their spare hours.  But I don’t know if it’s really possible, and quite honestly, that makes me very sad…

Aliyah Live!

image I tuned in live at midnight one night earlier this week to watch Nefesh b’Nefesh’s first aliyah flight of the summer arriving at Ben Gurion airport.

It was exciting, if not, perhaps, as exhilarating as watching a space shuttle launch.  The plane touched down without incident, and hundreds of Israelis were there to great 250 of 5000 olim this summer.

Apparently, if you’re not on one of the charter flights (only 2 this summer), you don’t get the official greeting party, t-shirts, balloons, etc.  You just arrive.

Still – I think it would be pretty darn exciting to be actually ON that plane, though probably nobody would be there to meet us – since we hardly know anybody in the country.  If you’re in Israel and you’re reading this, keep two summers from now free for us, okay?

Here are this summer’s scheduled aliyah flights:

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Would it be cheesy to go send off the Canadian group???

But 5000… wow.  I keep wondering where they’re going to put them all.  According to Avivah over at Oceans of Joy, Karmiel, where “purchase prices … have gone up about 25% in the last six months.”  Oy, vey.  :-o

Hashem ya’azor – somehow, Hashem will help us find a place and a new life beyond the arrival flight, among those thousands of olim.

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