Ten Years After

Tomorrow (July 13, 2019) is the ten-year anniversary of Susan and I making aliyah to Israel. What’s it been like? Here’s a snapshot of some of the high and low lights:

The Good

  • I love living in the Jewish homeland, a country whose calendar, culture, and flow is infused with a Jewish slant on almost everything.
  • Shabbat and the chagim (festivals) are so much better here. I feel so sorry for those living in the diaspora and suffering the curse of the two-day yom tov.
  • It’s great having our kids living nearby. (My heart goes out to those who have to maintain a long-distance relationship with their family.)
  • New (and old) friends and family.
  • The weather. I never minded the rain in Scotland, and initially the heat of Israel was a real challenge. But I have acclimatized and enjoy the fact that the weather rarely ever disrupts whatever we want to do. As a result, we have much more of an open-air life.
  • This place is a melting pot of cultures that thrive and interact for the better with one another. – the mix is intoxicating. There’s more to Israel than the Ashkenazi and Sephardi mainstreams.
  • Everyone has a story to tell about who they are and where they came from. Fascinating. (See the previous point!)

The Bad

  • I used to enjoy driving…
  • I used to have more personal space. (If you want a working example, go to an Israeli post office.)
  • My Hebrew is not as good as I would like it to be.
  • I miss my family and friends in the UK, being able to browse in a decent (English language) bookshop, and riding at Glentress.

The Ugly

  • Israel has many enemies, some of whom are more vocal about their desire to destroy the Jewish Homeland than others.

Well, let them rattle their swords to their evil hearts’ content. I’m staying put and will put my faith in the IDF. The days of the Wandering Jew are over.

Overall, Susan and I have been blessed. We know how lucky we have been.

Here’s to the next ten years!