Countering 4 Top Reasons Not to Move to Israel

Taking the mitzvah of living in Israel seriously.

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Comments (16)

(12) Craig Kohn, November 2, 2014 2:15 PM

I just moved

I just had an article here on aish

I've been working for years to figure out some kind of way that I can make living in Israel work. I found it and am now since I am able to work with people around the world can make more money then I was making just recently in the states. If I didn't have this desire to move to Israel than I could have just settled with a job where I didn't have to have a skill.

Although I am not declaring Aliya now, and I am just testing the waters I'm still going to work hard to make this work!

(11) Anonymous, November 2, 2014 10:46 AM

dreams do come true

we arrived in may '06 at the ages of 70 and 74 we dreamed of coming here all our lives but life does get in the way
we r not rich we depend on soc sec and a small pension to get by we live a life of pashtus(simplicity) since we made aliya our family has grown by three gr grndchildren all born here two have an israeli father and the third has two parents who were born here we gave up nothing to live here
where else can u feel Shabbat and yom tov in the air?
where else can u smell Shabbat in your entire bldg?
where else can u see children dressed for Shabbat and their fathers walking home from shul in talitot shmoozing w/friends and anticipating the cholent? yes, we had a war and yes, our grndsn was in Aza an american boy who made aliya at 14 and went to the army to serve his country and B"H came home w/o any injuries
No one says its easy but is it worth it? From the depth of my heart i can say YES! Please come home there is a place for everyone here

(10) Nancy, October 31, 2014 9:11 PM

A question for Lori Palatnik

Do you feel like a guest in the United States because you were raised in Toronto? I grew up in the metro NY area around a lot of Jewish people. Perhaps that has made me spoiled? I don't know. However, I recently started learning Hebrew. My reading is not what anyone would call fluent, but I'll get there with practice!!

(9) Anonymous, October 31, 2014 5:18 AM


If we want to buy an apartment or house in Israel, how would we go about it? Please advise.

Ilan Rubinstein, November 3, 2014 6:58 PM

Tips on buying a home in Israel

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(8) Beverly Margolis-Kurtin, October 31, 2014 5:09 AM

Uh huh

You anger me. Why? Not because you are not right, you are spot on. But like so many Jews, you blithely assume assume that all of us have the money to GET to Israel.
My LIFE'S SAVINGS were destroyed in 2008 (thank you Wall Street/Banks/Bush).
Now all I have is my Social Security. My ONLY reason for not going home is that I cannot swim to Israel.
Young people get free trips. I was only seven when Israel became a nation. As an adult, I had kids to raise.
It drives me right up a wall when people in my shul ask me HOW MANY TIMES I've been to Israel. I ask them how long do they think it would take me to swim there?
Israel doesn't need or want me. I'm disabled and broke. So please, STOP with your elite position; not all of us can get to Israel even though we would love to return to where we belong.
It hurts more than you can begin to know when people like you virtually poke fun at us because we're unable to get to where you are. Please apologize.

Nancy, October 31, 2014 9:08 PM

To commenter #8

I'm so sorry your finances took such a hit. Nobody should feel like they are being made fun of just because they have not been or cannot afford to get to Israel. I sincerely hope that one day your fortunes change and you can indeed get there. In the meantime, you sound like a positive person who is making the best of your current life circumstances. FWIW--I have not been to Israel either.

TMay, November 1, 2014 7:05 PM

Different background to the story.

Don't blame Bush. The Dems are the ones who thought it would be a great idea for people to have houses they couldn't afford and passed requirements that banks had to give out x% of mortgages every year, sub prime mortgages, meaning to people who did not qualify for mortgages, did not have the credit history nor income to qualify, and then the congress kept increasing the percentage of those mortgages destined to fail, and the government promised to support the banks if it turned out that it wasn't a good idea, and it was not a good idea. The moment interest rates rose, the people who were not good at math figured out that they couldn't pay back the mortgages. Americans are optimistic and they figured it would work out. Math does not lie. It was unsustainable. Other people bought second and third houses figuring that the market would keep rising. It doesn't. That is why government sticking their nose into business and meddling with the markets doesn't work. The political party gets votes for handing out goodies that are unsustainable. Then they blame the other party, relying on ignorance. People should vote for responsible government, not one that hands out goodies. That is why I believe in the US not telling Israel what to do. Israelis have to live or die with decisions about Israel, not Americans living in America.

Craig Kohn, November 2, 2014 2:21 PM

We hve a choice how we can view the situation

After college I didn't have all the money my friends had because I had to pay all of my bonds to pay off my tuition. I couldn't find a job that fit me, that I could take over to Israel.

I didn't see the best chances that I could easily make it happen, but I kept hoping, and doing what Lori said at the end and what you can still do. Do things that can help you potentially move to Israel (learn Hebrew, and talk to people about anything that can help you make it in Israel). That is what we all can do when we don't have many options, to do whatever we can.

(7) Anonymous, October 30, 2014 10:20 PM

come on down

So, come already! Great piece.

(6) Tracy, October 30, 2014 10:16 PM

We're going!!!

So, we're making the big step. Making Aliyah in January!!! Yes, it will be the most difficult thing we've ever done - but what an exciting opportunity! For growth, for Yiddishkeit, for adventure, for connection - to the people, the land, and HaShem. Nu, what's taking YOU so long to decide???? Join us!!!

(5) Anonymous, October 30, 2014 8:32 PM

I almost got worried there....

All your reasons to go are absolutely valid, but please, figure out how you will make your parnassah (how you will make money) BEFORE you go and move.
Don't just MOVE and say "ok, I'll worry about it when I get there."
We are also planning to go, but not with empty pockets like our parents did when they came from Europe.
We already put our house up for sale, davened (prayed)
on Rosh Hashona that this should be a good year. Yes, try to do Hebrew on Line or Rosetta stone or a private teacher to start learning hebrew.
Wishing everyone hatzlocha and hope to meet you this year in Israel!

(4) Anonymous, October 30, 2014 8:16 PM

education system

You make it sound very easy but if you have school age children, including ones with special needs, it is not so straightforward. The education system in Israel is very different. In our community we are considered chareidi but we aim for our children to have a university education and profession. In Israel we would not have a place in society. We wish we could be there but it's not so simple.

(3) Stephanie, October 30, 2014 8:08 PM

I would, I don't understand why you don't.

I'm not Jewish...I don't know if I'm Jewish... yet there is such a passionate longing in my heart to move to Israel that it is sometimes physically painful. It is beyond my comprehension as to why someone who legally can, at any moment, move to The Land doesn't do it. If a way were made, I would be there, I don't understand why my Jewish brother's and sister's are not already there. Listen to the same call that was given to Avinu Avraham, "Lech lacha" - Go be in The Land!

You are in my heart and prayers and I stand with you and with Israel. As Rut said, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your Elokim my Elokim. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Adonai deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me."
She was allowed to follow her Israelite Mother-in-Law back to The Land - What a blessing!

(2) Buz Whelan, October 30, 2014 6:10 PM

2 more reasons

Two more reasons for not moving to Israel: too many bombs, not enough bacon. But I'll ALWAYS be a supporter.

(1) SusanE, October 27, 2014 9:46 PM

You are Seeing things exactly Right.

It can happen in one day. Freedom of movement is a fragile privilege.


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