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March 31, 2012
April 6, 2012 5:37 PM
Reality of Growing Up
Being a girl who will next year go to seminary this video helps me relize the truth. when i go i cant bring all my posetions and i will not be able to bring them all when i move out of my parents house. so thank ou for oppening my eyes and helping me start growing up.
April 4, 2012 7:52 AM
This happened to me in reality...
Once it happened that in the middle of the night we found ourselves in a burning house. We ran out of course and the firebrigade arrived. As I looked down at myself, I realized I carried something in every hand. In one hand I had my guitar, in the other hand my prayer book. Only then I wondered what were the most important things for me (at age 26). A mother would have taken other things of course. - Since then I sometimes look at my belongings and wonder how I would feel in case I had to give up everything. And I realize, nothing really would disturb me. I think many of us would feel the same. The most important thing in our life is God. And He never leaves us.
April 4, 2012 4:57 AM
What Would I Take For Forever?
Material things are baggage and are like idols that we feel we must keep close for security and comfort. ~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~
I would hope to take my favorite pair of comfortable shoes, my CD with photographs, my candlesticks, some clothes, medical records, addresses of my friends, and money. ~~~~ There are places there to purchase material things you need for starting life in another country. There is nothing more exciting than moving forward to something new and different.
Mary Ruth Andrews,
April 4, 2012 4:04 AM
Letting go of stuff
Lori, this is so exciting to me. I have been getting rid of stuff 'slowly' for years, but your talk is so inspiring. We need so little, but hang on to so much. I am keeping this and watching it again a few more times for encouragement to let go of the things we don't need, and keep the things that really matter.
April 4, 2012 12:27 AM
All pieces of yourself
My last move to US took away all that I had: houses, books, comfort of home, job and... much more. I do not have anything to leave behind but experience of surviving, so where is the problem of packing? It's nice to have a bank account but most important to have your peace of mind and your knowledge with you, few things like a toothbrush and a pair of shoes, few books, others will be available through internet anyway.
April 3, 2012 1:09 PM
Come home to Eretz Yisrael now, don't wait till you have to run away.
April 3, 2012 1:18 AM
what would you take
just want to thank you for yur insightful and to the point mesages. I have been recivieng Aish.com for over a year now . I eagerly go through and am extremly blessed from what yourself and others share. I have shared your material with my youth group and family consistently. I have gained amasig amount of knowledge and understanding about you culture and faith . having "fled " my country 4 years ago with basicaly my books,music, tools, clothes and two children I can relate to what you are were saying the esentials ,family and what one needs to survive and above all remeber to thank and praise God who provides. Shalom
April 2, 2012 7:51 PM
If they were eating manna in the wilderness where did they get the flour? The flat loaf of bread, one cake of oil bread, and one wafer from the basket of unleavened bread. How did they clean off the blood from the altar and the clothes of the High Priest. How many sets of clothes did they have? Have a wonderful Passover. Rachel
April 2, 2012 7:15 PM
It doesn't matter
I brought a bunch of stuff I didn't need, & I'm sorry about other stuff that I wish I had brought. But someone told me ---"It doesn't matter. Just pack & go." So I did. And how I wish I had done it sooner, with or without my "stuff".
April 2, 2012 5:00 PM
The decision depends on where you go.Once we were at this point to decide as we were summoned up for the transport to the ghetto and we had to think of different things to bring with us. Good for you to be able to think for years of leaving for Israel(where you can get everything you need) - but nevertheless staying with all your "rubbish"...
April 2, 2012 4:55 PM
take stuff that will help you feel at home in your new home
my husband and I made aliyah about 8 weeks ago. we decided to take our cozy and sunny furniture; our paintings and family pictures; priceless treasures with stories to tell, all very important in creating our new home. when they arrived, I cried seeing that they made the journey to reside here in Eretz Yisroel. I felt like my grandparents must have felt as new immigrants in America, connecting the old life with the wonderful new life. Our precious belongings have found their proper home.
April 2, 2012 3:24 PM
My photographs, even if I scan them to a flash drive
I have a cabinet in my living room which is close to my front door. 25 years ago I told my family, should the house ever burn down, or should there be any other emergency forcing us out of the house, open the cabinet and grab as many photo albums as you can. That whole cabinet has the story of our lives in pictures. Every trip, every milestone event, every joyful occurance, all the family and ancestors dating back maybe almost 100 years on some. It would be a major project to scan them all to electronic media, but I bet that would make it all easier to transport. Food for thought. For now, I'd better put electronic back up of recent photos and videos in that cabinet. So we can play it wherever we must go.
April 1, 2012 5:15 PM
leaving behind or not
don't think that you have to leave everything or almost everything behind. there are apartments that are comfortable in size, and although there are many things you may choose to leave behind, it is not necessary to leave almost everything - take it from someone who made aliya almost 24 years ago with a big family. then when the kids grew up and left home, sold the home and move to an apartment about 1/2 the size. you know the art work came with, the dining room furniture came a lot of the other furniture didn't, but I still have room for my children and grandchildren to come, visit and sleep. maybe not all of them at once, (unless they sleep 7 or 8 people to a room), but they come, and they sleep. B"H life is good, take with you things that will give you a good feeling and say "home" to you and your family, things that will make your aliya a bit more emotional, and possibly physically, comfortable.
April 1, 2012 9:25 AM
what would i take? family photographs of my loved ones,for what thy mean to me,my two bibles,the family bible given to my mother when I was born even if it is a king /james verison and my TANACK, and yes my radio, my grand father and I would spend time listening to the radio,and old bulb radio,listening to the ball game,it ment time spent with him only if it was for a short while,bacause of my atention span with the radio,and of course my wife and my kids
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