Aliyah – Everyone Has A Story

Updated! New posts added at the bottom:

I decided to celebrate our 20th aliyah anniversary by posting a roundup of aliyah stories. I did the same thing five years ago, and you can read that roundup here.

I think it is appropriate that the first person to send me a link was Batya – here with her husband for more than forty years.  Rivka explains about some of the miracles in the process of “getting to yes” – how she feels that G-d took away the obstacles to making aliyah for her.

Shimshonit shares with us about how her family would have “the Conversation” at various periods of their marriage – about when would be the right time to make aliyah, and how one dvar Torah pushed them to make their decision. Ruti Mizrachi tells her story in her usual moving way, and for another bonus gives us a rundown on what it is like three years after aliyah.

Baila tells us about how her aliyah journey took a bit of a detour down the aisle….Mrs. S. shares her story too.

Aliyah06 points out that most of us come to Israel at least partly because of the kids - but hers is a very special version. Special needs kids can get what they need in Israel too!

Dovid’s one year aliyah anniversary coincides with our 20th. He writes about how he has changed over the year. Inspiring stuff!

I hope you find these stories as moving as I did!

It’s Never Too Late….

As this heartwarming article proves, it is never too late to make aliyah. It is also not too late to send me your aliyah story. One week to go until I post my roundup! Send your stories to westbankmama at fastmail dot fm.

Don’t Forget to Send Me Your Posts

As I did five years ago, I would like to celebrate our aliyah anniversary by hosting a roundup of aliyah stories. If you haven’t sent one yet, please do. My email address is westbankmama at fastmail dot fm.

I am shooting for posting it on June 20 – 18 of Sivan (the Hebrew date of our aliyah), but please don’t wait until the last moment….

Send Me Your Aliyah Stories

Our 20th aliyah anniversary is coming up (18 Sivan) and I wanted to celebrate like I did five years ago – by posting a roundup of aliyah stories. If you have a story to tell please write a post and send me the link to westbankmama at fastmail dot fm.

Please tell your friends too – I never tire of reading other people’s inspiring experiences on their way home. To get into the mood, please look at the video below.

Don’t Forget To Send In Your Pro-Israel Posts!

Just a reminder to send me your pro-Israel posts for the roundup I am putting together. You can send them to westbankmama at fastmail dot fm.

I will be posting the roundup on Shushan Purim, which is Monday, March 1st. Please get the posts to me by Thursday afternoon, February 25th.

Anything pro-Israel is fine – even old posts. Thank you!

Links and Things

Here are some links on this very busy Tuesday afternoon. First, Dore Gold has a new internet site - an important addition to your blogroll!

A Knesset panel has approved the NGO Transparency Bill - a first step towards forcing NGO’s to be upfront about where their money is coming from. This is in response to Im Tirzu’s report about the connection between Israeli NGOs connected to the NIF and the Goldstone Report.

The Muqata has a very even-handed post about the allegations against Rabbi Moti Elon. Please follow the links he provides, especially to Takana.  Does anyone know if there is an English translation to this site? I would love to link to it. If not, perhaps I will translate parts of it – especially their reasoning behind setting up the Forum.

Pushing Back Against Anti-Israel Propaganda – A Call for Posts

Gil Troy has written a blog post which appears on the Jerusalem Post, on how we should push back against anti-Israel propaganda. It seems that March 1st-7th will be a time for a wave of anti-Israel activities on campuses in North America. He argues, rightly, that we should be planning ahead instead of reacting after the fact.

Israel Peace Week is one effort in the right direction.

I’d like to do my modest bit to help, by hosting a roundup of posts on this topic (anything pro-Israel is good). Those of you who would like to contribute please send links to posts to my email, westbankmama at fastmail dot fm.

I can’t help but notice that the starting date for this anti-Israel festival is Shushan Purim – the day that we celebrate the Jews’ victory against those who hate us – especially in the Diaspora. Let’s use the internet to help battle today’s “Haman wannabes”.

Update: Today’s editorial in the Jerusalem Post says it all – it’s not a time for timidity on the college campus.

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