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Aliyah Diary – Part 10

So, How Are You Settling In?

I have started and stopped writing the tenth update probably eight times in the last three weeks. So much has happened, and I have wanted keep you all updated. At the same time, I have had very little energy or inspiration to write…

Truthfully, moving to Israel has been a lot harder than I expected it to be. Over the past month of living here, I have realized that my Hebrew, as “ok” as I thought it was, is WOEFULLY lacking… No matter what people say, you absolutely need to know Hebrew to function here… Without it, life is substantially harder. I have gone from living in a country where I was “comfortable”; living in familiar surroundings, with people who spoke the same language, doing a job that I loved and was good at. To living in a country where completing everyday tasks, like going to the bank, opening a credit card, or even ordering food, is stressful and exhausting. It is hard not to be embarrassed by how terrible your Hebrew is or how you need to ask people to repeat things 2, 3, 4, or 5 times and still not understand them. It is really difficult living 6,000 miles away from the family that I left behind, and it hurts not to be able to walk over to my parent’s house and just be with them.

I am not complaining. I have just been having a really hard time…

So, how are we settling in? That’s a pretty good question… Honestly, since we got here, things haven’t settled down much! We haven’t had the chance to settle down… We have been REALLY busy, running here and there to appointments or to visit people. And we have been blessed with a BIG family Simcha, with my brother-in-law Simcha’s engagement to Sarah Kranz!! We have just been busy!!

It’s weird, we are a month in, but it still sometimes feels like we just got here… Still feels like we are tourists… At the same time, it also feels like we have been here for so long.

Tali got a job!! She starts at the beginning of the school year!! She will be working in a school for children with special needs as a PT, not too far from where we live! This is something we are both super excited about!! Oh, and as of three days ago, OUR LIFT IS IN ISRAEL!!! (when we will receive it, who knows…) I think that with this job and our reunification with our belongings, we will finally be able to start feeling really at home.

Love you all!!
-Yoni

About the Author
My family and I made Aliyah in August this past summer. A few weeks before we made Aliyah, I began a small Facebook blog, just to share our experiences, good and bad. I then upgraded to WordPress. In the blog, I share about everyday life as an Oleh Chadash in Israel. I share about our wins and our struggles with adapting to our new life here in the Holy Land.
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