Wednesday, June 25, 2008

to aliyah or not to aliyah?

my devoted reader Dave asked if I would consider making aliyah. I could have just followed up with a comment, but then I remembered I have a blog!
So, as you probably have noticed, I like a lot of things about Israel. I love Israeli music, (it could be a little better, I will admit, but we gotta support the Holy Land yids!), I love Israeli food (mmmmm Shaaaaaawaaaaarmaaaaaa), I love Israeli boys (whaaaat, theyre hot! as long as they dont open their mouths), I even love Israeli movies (be sure not to make my mistake - dont invite parents to watch with you, ie you will cringe). I'm even planning a trip to the Eretz this summer! (meet me in Jerusalem?)
The only sucky thing about Israel is having to leave. I cry every time, and being in the Departures at Ben Gurion brings up all the usual questions - why do I live in Galut? Why dont I live in Israel? Am I meant to be in Israel? Aren't we all meant to be in Israel? Didn't the Holocaust prove that we are only truly safe in our own land? Now that we have a land, why arent we there?!
These questions always stay with me at least a week or so after I've returned home (home on the Western hemisphere that is - isnt Israel our real home? seeee, Im starting already).
Then Life happens, and I kinda put all these questions in a box that I mark "Israel" and put in storage to be taken out another time. Sometimes someone will bring up the fact that Mr. X or Ms. Y is making aliyah, and the box comes out of storage. But having been out of Israel for a while, the Miss America side of me takes over...
Could I really take living in Israel? Could I really become Israeli? If I have kids - they're going to be Israeli! Does that mean they would be wild? Won't I miss all the great things that America has to offer? Like Philly cream cheese, real ketchup, mayonnaise, tuna sandwiches? And then there's the whole wardrobe issue. I could NEVER dress Israeli. Ok, that's it, I'm staying put.

18 comments:

Dave said...

Actually, it was your devoted reader Davey. I don’t know who that was, but it was not I. (His lack of capitalization gives it away.)

I don’t care for any of the four American food items you mention towards the end. I wonder if it’s an Israeli thing.

Davey said...

And the fact that its a mitzvah...

Maidel said...

oh no! sorry Dave and Davey for the mix-up!

Seriously? You don't like cream cheese? What about bagels? You're Jewish right....?

And yes, the fact that it is a mitzvah is very important. But then, there are all those other reasons pulling me back....

shiffy said...

I dont know Maidel... So youre saying that if there were American products in Israel, you and future hubby will be on the next flight 101 from JFK?

How did your year(s) in israel influence you in this way... or did they not?

frumpunk said...

I've often said I could live in Israel were it not for Israelis.

Dave said...

I don’t know…living in the States would be totally unbearable were it not for the foodstuffs sold in the local Israeli grocery stores.

SuperRaizy said...

You can live in Israel and learn to love it, but truthfully, you will find it hard to leave America behind completely. The best thing is to have an "escape hatch"- the ability to fly back to the States once or twice a year, just to touch base again.
And thank you for mentioning the tuna sandwiches. Why, oh why don't they eat tuna sandwiches in Israel? I've often wondered about that.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Are you going to the Eretz July or august or both. If july maybe Ill see ya there.

Maidel said...

you know what, now that i think about it, i did find philly cream cheese in har nof! but still... food products are not the only things keeping me in Galut.

Shiffy - you asked "How did your year(s) in israel influence you in this way... or did they not?"
I find that a little bit insulting. Is the ultimate goal of seminary ensuring that girls make aliyah? Was it not enough that I developed a better appreciation for Judaism? Is making aliyah the ONLY way to achieve a spiritual 'high'? I'm pretty sure that Hashem has us in Galut for a reason...(not that I don't think it might be BETTER to be in Israel, but I dont think its the ONLY way)

shiffy said...

That should'nt have insulted you and it def wasnt meant to. It was a benign question of how and if your time in sem influenced you in any way.

And who says that Hashem "has us in Galut"? Yes, moshiach hasnt come, but havent the nisim and niflaos of '48 and '67 shown us that we dont need to be in galus anymore? There are more mitsvos to do in Israel, not to mention how each mitsvah counts for more (its not me saying it, its the gemara) so dont you think Hashem would rather us in israel? All im saying is that we cant use the excuse anymore that Hashem is keeping us in the USA...

Lion of Zion said...

"I even love Israeli movies"

really?
i watched a couple of dozen last summer on DVD (neflix has a nice selection) to improve hebrew. most were total crap, although there were a few i really liked a lot.

Anonymous said...

whether you live outside or in eretz yisrael, you are still in galus. until moshiach comes we are all in galus.

tnspr569 said...

So why not go for it? Give it your best shot!! You're not tied down now...

Anonymous said...

Know exactly what you mean. Im leaving in slightly more than 24 hours after a 3 and a 1/2 week stay here...i cant imagine what its gonna be like going to the airport. This Year in the Holy land.Brad

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Come on -- aliya CAN be for everyone!

What do you mean about "wild kids" -- if you go downtown in Jerusalem, the "wild" kids are usually the AMERICANS!

You can get in Israel: Philly cream cheese, Heinz ketchup, Hellman's mayonnaise, and Starkist tuna!

I could NEVER dress Israeli? Thats what the web is for...you can still buy clothes on line and have them sent.

Don't be so MATERIAL -- Israel is also about the spiritual...and assuming you have a decent parnassa, you can get by here as well.

If you DO make it here this summer, please be in touch!

Maidel said...

alright, ill made some of my excuses for making aliyah are a little 'materialistic', but what about family/friends? i certainly dont plan on being alone in a new country!

Maidel said...

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