Know what this is?
It’s a book. But more importantly, it’s OUR book. Well… I will actually bow out here and admit that it’s my husband’s book. All I did was edit the thing and write an intro.
It’s like the difference between being a midwife and actually giving birth yourself. The lines get blurred a little; you’re both exhausted and covered in goop by the end of the process, but ultimately, I must hand the credit back to him.
Here’s the book description:
How do you write a book about something as momentous as moving to Israel? One Facebook post, one bus ride, one limonana at a time."My wife is in the holy town of Shiloh tonight, no doubt praying and doing holy things. So that means one thing!
In this remarkable journal of one family's transition to a new land, you'll see the daily side of the holy land revealed for all its laughter and tears.
Not washing dishes or cleaning up in solitude. No, it means I can listen to my MP3 player in bed way past my bedtime!
Akiva Teddy MacLeod's journey home teeters precariously between the profound and the mundane, and between the banal and the "balagan," sharing the excitement and beauty of life in the Jewish homeland.
And this is the introduction that I wrote for the book, to give you a bit of background on who he is, and how he ended up writing the book.
I’m a writer. Akiva isn’t. He’s a graphic artist and illustrator with a background in animation.
I’d been dreaming about aliyah for over 20 years. Akiva… totally wasn’t. He had no Jewish background growing up (you may have guessed that from the name MacLeod).
So when we decided in 2009 to make aliyah to Israel with our family, he really had no idea what to expect. Sometimes, it turns out, that’s the best way to come: with an open mind and a sense of humour.
“Everybody moves to Israel and drops off the face of the earth,” Akiva said, somewhere over the Atlantic. He loved our family and friends too much to just disappear on them.
After a few months of daily Facebook updates, we realized that all those little posts—along with his own photos and doodles, and a whole heap of new material—added up to… a book.
That’s what you’re holding in your hands.
It's his story, and it's my story... but it may just be part of your story as well. Reading aliyah stories helped me a lot both before and after we made our decision.
Whether you're on the fence, or have already decided to come—for a visit, for a year, for a lifetime—or just wonder about the journey, I hope his book will be a beloved part of your aliyah bookshelf.
I mean it. I really hope this book will be a special part of your aliyah journey, whether you’re planning to come next week, next month, next year or next lifetime.
Welcome Home: My First Six Months Living in Israel is available now for Kindle and very, very soon in print.