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Aliyah: It’s Never Too Late

Life is about change and growth, no matter how old you are.

Published: June 15, 2013


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Visitor Comments: 23

(19) craig, January 29, 2014 10:21 AM

taxi drivers are nice???

ive been in plenty a taxi where they all nice and friendly because they know youre a chutznik and love extra cash...dont be fooled lori....many israelis are arrogant and its all part of the zionistic culture which has become a religion....the greatest gedoilim wanted to come to israel for its kedusha and torah.....NOT uris pizza,cafe rimon,tveria or taxi drivers!!!proof is most of these drivers are not even religeous...eating treifos and hate kollel guys(not all...i admit)....but remember aliya is only an option to be "going up",,,,there are many frum yetzer horas in israel...so please dont be fooled or fool other niave baalei tshuva....thank you for a great site aish and lori!!!

(18) Avi, June 20, 2013 11:23 PM

Not a word about the value of living in Israel

Thank you for the beautiful story and message. It is inspiring.

But not a single word about the spiritual value of living in Israel? The title is "Aliyah: It's never too late" and there is nothing about the mitzvah of yishuv ha'aretz - settling the land, connecting with Am Yisrael, living in the land of our biblical Avot and Imahot, etc...? If their grandkids all lived in South America and they moved there to be with family, would the message of this story be exactly the same?!

There's an opportunity for inspiring people about Eretz Yisrael - our Holy Land - that is being sorely, sorely missed here...

onegr8singer, June 21, 2013 8:03 PM

WOW..........

With all due respect, I cannot understand why you would feel it was important to "make Lori wrong"......Her message was wonderful and effective and inspiring------everyone realizes that Israel is great---the point was about continuing to GROW----because in this life, "You're either RIPE ROTTEN, or GREEN GROWING"....The wonderful couple who moved were the former-----can you say the same? with such criticism I am wondering ......THANKS LORI dear.......and may I add well wishes to the "kids who moved to Israel!!!

(17) Mary, June 20, 2013 10:43 PM

Courage for change

I admire the courage and committment it took for them to change their lives entirely. Family is the most important thing; time spent with children and grandchildren is time invested in the future.

(16) Anonymous, June 20, 2013 8:40 PM

You've got it all wrong

Based on your premise of going on Aliya to be with children etc, a person with no close relatives in Israel has no reason to go on Aliya. That is patently incorrect. A Jew should go on Aliya because Israel is the land where it is a mitzva for a Jew to live. That can't be said about anywhere else in the world. Just by walking in the streets and breathing the air here you are fulfilling the mitzva of living in Israel. There are so many other acts that we can do in Israel that are mitzvot---only in Israel.
If a person goes on Aliya with that in mind, the whole process becomes simpler and more likely to succeed.
My wife and I came on Aliya as a young couple and lived through many difficult experiences here, but knowing that we were living a mitzva 24/7 kept us from ever thinking of leaving. It simply wasn't an optionl A jew who keeps kosher doesn't even think about eating non-kosher food, no matter how much easier it may be to buy or how much cheaper it may be. It's simply not an option. So too, living in israel as opposed to chutza la'aretz. We certainly have the right to enjoy the company of children and family here, but just for arguments sake, lets say the children ignore you, or you have other children who live elsewhere----living in iIsrael is paramount to it all.
When we realize how fortunate we are to live today, at a time in history when there is an option to live in Israel, something only dreamed about for centuries, just like running to the store to buy kosher meat, we should be running to Israel to live our Jewish lives.

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