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Thursday, April 21, 2005
For a successful Aliyah
So there is this guy we know who used to live here in Chicago but he moved to Israel 10 years ago. He comes to the states around 10 times a year for business.
Last Shabbat, I was talking with him at length about life in Israel and about what it's like for him and his family to be olim. Let me just start by saying that this man is fascinating. He is a brilliant lawyer who is living his life exactly the way he wants it. Before he got married, he and his wife both new that they wanted to make Aliyah. They put together a financial plan and decided that they would move once they had $15,000 saved. They calculated that it would take them 5 years to put away the $15,000. They lived extremely modestly, not buying any garbage that they didn't need. They had 1 crappy and lived in a small apartment. They ended up moving in 5 and half years.
They now have 8 children and live happily ever after not far from Tel Aviv. BTW they haven't had a car in Israel since the day they got there.
He told me that the key to be a successful oleh is modest living. He said that you have people in Israel that would love to lend you money, but the reason a lot of people fail is because they can't pay back their debts. They actually still have debtors prison in Israel.
He at one point launched into a calm rant about the problems of Jewish life in America....
"So in America you have to come up with $10,000 - $15,000 a year for tuition per kid. You have 1 or 2 poor schools to choose from, your kids come home from school hating it. The husband has to be making Well over $100,000 to support there Jewish lifestyle which means he's working his 50 hours a week and maybe learning an hour of Torah a week, maybe even 2 hours if he's lucky. He gets see his kids on Shabbat if he's lucky and they're home for Shabbat. Life becomes a struggle to keep up this unnecessary lifestyle in Galut." "In Israel", he says "you only need to pay for books" Only books?? He tells me that ALL of his kids LOVE school. And if they didn't, he'd easily send them to another one.
Continued...."In Israel, if a pregnant lady gets on a bus, 4 people get up to offer up their seats. The lady then sit down and she can pass a $20 up the chain of people to the driver, and the get all of her change passed back to her."
This is my favorite quote from the conversation.."Life in America is a about comfort. Life in Israel is about meaning."