Hi. My name is Jerusalemcop and I'll be your guest blogger this evening.
I've know Jameel for close to 12 years and during those years, we've met in unusual places; cell block AA23, The Muqata itself, not to mention a number of shmachot (bloggers and non-bloggers alike).
He and I have one passion that we share, and that's the love of Eretz Yisrael.
Since Jameel asked me to guest blog last week, I have tried to think of an appropriate topic for this venue.
"After living in Israel for x years, what makes you want to stay?"
People living in Chul are always asked "Why dont you make Aliyah" or "when are you making Aliyah?" Sometimes the idea of Aliyah can be so overwhelming that being bombarded by the question over and over can be too much. So in this blog, I will be shifting the spotlight AWAY from those of our brethren (and sisters) still in the Diaspora and focus on those of us already here.
I believe that Aliyah is possible for anyone!!!
Seriously, I mean that.
Aliyah is a complicated process for anyone, but in order for Aliyah to work, one must find the right time in life to do it.
Some people choose to do what I did; learn in Yeshiva for a year and then stay. I'm here in my 14th year in Israel and I still cannot see myself living anywhere else in the world.
Others, may come after they finish college; get married; have their first kid; second kid; tenth kid; right before their eldest hits a certain age/grade; or even after the kids have made aliyah themselves.
The trick is trying to figure out when is the best time for you. You have tons of oppurtunities, so if you didn't stay after Yeshiva/Seminary, you can do it later on in life.
My reasonings for stayng here are quite simple. During my year studying in Yeshiva (only my 3rd time in Israel. The first two times were for a total of 7 weeks), I felt inside me a completeness that I had never felt while living in the States. I knew that I must help this country any and every way that I could. This feeling, drew me to volunteering and serving in the IDF. It later in life, gave me the courage to drop everything going on in my life and join the Israeli Police Force.
Whenever I vacationed in America since I planted my roots here, I felt like an outsider. Here in Israel, I feel that I belong and its that connection, the one between the people and the land that has kept me here for close to 14 years.
There is no other place exactly like it.
What has kept you here? Zionist reasons? nationalistic reasons? Historical? Religious?
You tell me!
P.s. The first person who answers the movie quote trivia question correctly will get to guest blog on my own site.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael, even when Cellcom has no reception