I made Aliyah from sunny London 13 years ago this week, so I guess it’s my ‘Aliyah Bar Mitzvah’.
Rather than write a Bar Mitzvah speech ,I wanted to share with you all 13 things I have come to love about Israel ( apart from my IsraelB online community of course..)
- It takes me half an hour to walk to the Kotel to daven.
- You can get invited to a wedding very last minute and still feel totally welcome.
- You can start up a conversation with virtually anyone, anywhere.
- You can sit in a Daf Ha’Yomi shiur next to a dustman who sweeps your street.
- Brits are friendly with Americans and the French (until you tell them a joke..)
- Kids can understand virtually any piece of Jewish text — Chumash, Mishna or Gemarah (like I read the Times or Telegraph)
- You can sit on a bus and you will be told if you look shlochy.
- You live your Judaism outside on the streets, not just in shul.
- The news really matters here and affects your life.
- The most secular Jew is often, when you actually get to know them, deeply spiritual and does care about their Jewishness – Just in their own way.
- The self sacrifice of regular, modest Israeli parents, who send their children to the army.
- Travelling around this beautiful country of ours, appreciating the landscape and coming across such a wide variety of people and Jewish traditions.
- You feel like you are home and you belong.
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of living the miracle and making a life for myself in Israel. For those of you who are reading this in the Diaspora — Come and join me.
Israel is our one and only Homeland!