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Aliyah Diary: Part 3

The Piles

So this past Friday, we began REALLY ramping up on the cleaning/packing up of all of our remaining belongings in preparation for the big move. We have been sorting our stuff into “the piles.” As of late, we have been hardcore utilizing the “pile” strategy. We like it so much that sometimes, we will even move a pile from one to another (you know, for organizational purposes…) only to pick that same pile up a little while later and move it somewhere else (like I said, O R G A N I Z I N G). Our piles have three main themes.

  1. The take with us in our luggage pile.
  2. The pack on the lift pile.
  3. The donate or throw away pile.

These piles have varied in size and location depending on our mood and emotions at any given time. We are getting it done though, and slowly but surely, our piles are becoming more “set in stone.”

Guys, let me tell you. The emotions going on here have been NUTS!!! Wow!!! Who knew you could feel so many crazy emotions AT THE SAME TIME!! Wild! Let me tell you. Like, the date of our Aliyah is rapidly approaching!!! We are super excited but are also super fearful. We are happy, sad, glad, worried, and ecstatic all at the same time. Like I said, wild…

We have also been functioning by the seat of our pants! The whole plan for moving across the world has had so many curveballs thrown into it. We had it all planned out. The lift (AKA storage container used to transport our belongings) was scheduled to arrive at our apartment (along with the movers) this Tuesday (06/29/2021). This Friday, we moved into my parent’s house. We moved in right before Shabbos with the intention of staying there for Shabbos, then using Sunday and Monday to finish prepping the apartment for the movers. Well, as we were working on the apartment today (Sunday), Tali received a phone call from the lift company.

Tali: “Hello?”

Israeli Owner of Lift Company: “Alo, we will be at your apartment tomorrow morning at 8:30. B’Seder?”

T: “What?!”

IOLC: “Ken, tomorrow morning, 8:30. We will pack everything tomorrow and then pack the lift on Tuesday.”

T: “Uhhh……”

IOLC: “Tov, see you tomorrow.”

(Some liberties may have been taken with this conversation for dramatic effect.)

Did we panic? Goodness, no… Ok… Maybe a little. Today was exhausting, and it isn’t even over yet. But by some miracle, and by miracle, I mean an incredible amount of hard work from Tali, my sister Michal, and our amazing friends Rochie and Beth Tenenbaum, and Ezri and Zahava Klein, we made significant progress in shrinking our piles. The donate/trash pile is all but gone. The going on lift and going in luggage piles are mostly separated.

We still have lots of work to do… We still need to sell some of our large furniture and take care of random odds and ends, but it is really starting to feel like we are almost there. We are still experiencing moments of sheer panic and anxiety, but we are also beginning to experience more calm. We have been talking about Emunah and Bitachon a lot and have been working on really trying to implement it in our lives. At the end of the day, everything about this move is under the direct care of Hakadosh Baruch Hu. We are doing what we are supposed to, and He will take care of the rest.

So, apparently, the lift will be here tomorrow, and Tali needs my help (or something). Signing off for now. Stay tuned!!

Love you all,


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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