I love Israel – absolutely every inch of it. But as you may have noticed, we’ve made the decision to live outside of the centre of the country.
Not that I’m knocking the centre of the country – it’s great. I love it, and I travel there regularly.
But there is life for English-speaking olim beyond Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv, Raanana, Rechovot and Beit Shemesh. With that in mind, here are eight great reasons why (whether you’re here already or thinking of aliyah) you really ought to consider the REST of the country…
1) It's ALL holy.
It says in Kesuvos 112 that “anyone who walks four Amos in Eretz Yisrael is guaranteed a share in the world to come.” Now, there is some dispute about the Biblical boundaries of the country, and so some bits of desert around Eilat may not count. But the fact is that the mitzvah is to live here in the country itself, on the holy land Hashem gave to Avraham Avinu. Not just one or two selected cities.
2) It's not THAT far away.