The time has come for making the decision, it is a period of upmost introspection, often balancing ideological reasons with practical ones. Many doubts can enter the mind, after all one is following in the footsteps of no one less than Abraham, the first Jewish forefather. We also guess that he probably faced his own personal trials, when asked to leave his native land behind and venture into what was then an almost alien land. So what can be the most immediate factors one has to face, although the list can be long and sometimes even of an amusing nature?
Making the decision is not a stage listed in any Aliyah application form, nor is it ever likely to be. In our suggested Pre Aliyah process, we have inserted this highly personal stage at this juncture before you are about to pass your completed forms for eventual approval. It is probable that there is no real decision to make, such is the emotional nature of making Aliyah. However, one might also want to dispel lingering doubts prior to taking a positive step forwards.
Some critical issues can involve family matters. What of leaving elderly relatives behind? When will I return for a visit, and for how long? There is an endless list, but take heart there are also solutions! One doesn’t need to see everthing in black & white. We live in an age where travel is easier, and work from home solutions can allow us more freedom of location.
AM.1 tackles Aliyah issues from the dual perspective of both successfully finding your new home in Israel, while also maintaining links with your place of origin. Be prepared to share your journey, as working together is what can make Israel so special. Over the coming months we will build up our Aliyah data base to freely share with you. There are also wonderful caring organizations dedicated to making your Aliyah the success it deserves. So while you may take time to reflect on your decision, remember that Israel is not a prison camp but a nation full of like minded souls who will be only too willing to provide whatever assistance you may need. Aliyah Magazine would also be honored to be included amongst the ranks of available sources at your disposal, that is why we provide this media outlet! You are therefore invited to make contact at any time and we will do our best to assist.