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Ever since Avraham Avinu passed the challenge of Lech Lecha, his descendants have had the yearning for Eretz Yisrael's kedushah implanted in their genetic composition, drawn there as if by gravitational pull. Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, the Bostoner Rebbe, and Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, all of whom were at the height of their “careers” as community leaders in America when they made the move, discuss the pull that they felt towards Eretz Yisrael and share some insight into the prospects of making aliyah today.
Like charity, aliyah and budgeting begin at home. Before actually making aliyah, review your bank and credit card statements for the past year. Divide your expenditures into two columns: one for the basic essentials, rent or mortgage, food, medicine, utilities, transportation, apparel and footwear; and the second for extras like vacations, gym, restaurants, and gifts. The first column total should give you a ballpark figure of the minimum you’ll need for the basics you’ve become accustomed to.
Retirement is a milestone like any other — it signals both the end of one stage of life and the beginning of a new one. What happens when that new stage involves moving to Eretz Yisrael? Several very active retirees share their experiences and impressions of making the most of their “golden years” in the land where Torah and chesed blossom.
When Trevor Asserson moved to Israel, he left a high-profile, lucrative job back in London. But in just a few years, he managed to build an innovative law firm of his own, with premises in Jerusalem and clients in the United Kingdom. Now his team of British-born lawyers has realized their own dreams of aliyah, thanks to the determination and creativity of a man who’s also used his legal prowess to fight media bias against Israel.
Ask anyone who's lived in Israel for at least twenty years, and he'll tell you two things: there has been a remarkable advancement in consumer efficiency and product availability, and everything else — you just get used to. But while the western immigrants of the seventies and eighties felt their aliyah was successful when they reached a level of integration — speaking the language, and reading the local papers, many of today’s olim are happy to stay just where they are.