Thursday, February 23, 2006

Thinking About Aliya...

Thought about Aliya lately?

AirTime and Veev are thinking about it very seriously.

The Frum Female Struggle thinks about Israel all the time.

The Must Gum Addict from the Five Towns dreams about Israel...and thats a good step in the right direction.

BEC from New York states it clearly in her profile: "I miss eretz israel. Not a day goes by that i am not reminded--either by the way the light shines in that early morning where everything seems pink or in the afternoon where everything is bathed in an orange glow, or right before a storm when the sky turns dark, the world brightens, the colours are heightened and i know that i am almost there, and i hear the wisps and sighs of jerusalem calling, calling, and i can almost touch her."

Phish has already opened his Aliya file with the shaliach.

Thought about Aliya today? Blogged about Aliya? Let us know...we'll proudly post it here.


We'll be cheering for you on this side...and waiting patiently.



Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael

33 comments:

Yaakov said...

I've blogged about aliyah a bit...

GregoryT said...

My file is approved and is waiting for me in the Shaliach's office. Now it's personal matters which might delay the departure. But even though I may tarry, Israel is still in the plans.

FrumGirl said...

Brought to you by your friendly blogland Aliyah recruiter, lol.

MUST Gum Addict said...

(Aliyah action figures sold separately...)

Shtender said...

Aliyah is a dream I have which I probably will never have the guts to act on. I hope to be wrong.

Pinchas Floyd said...

shtender, it took me 10 years of thinking about making aliyah before i opened my file.
you'll always find a reason not to do it.
but the determining factor for me was this: 2000 years of grandparents, great-grandparents, and generations upon generations of my ancestors prayed for the opportunity that for some reason i have now.
who am i to reject it?
and if i do reject it, what would that mean for my descendents? what happens when 40, 60, 80 years from now america turns on its jews like every nation eventually does (g-d forbid)?
the decision we make on making aliyah has less to do with us than it has to do with our grandchildren and our grandchildren's children.

~ Sarah ~ said...

more and more do i come across reminders such as your blog so increasingly have i been thinking about going to israrel, if not aliya, a much needed visit.

bec said...

how do you know when it's time to make aliyah?

when you're living the "american dream" and completely unable to be satisfied with all that seems to make everyone else around you inexorably happy--the house, the cars, the great schools, etc., but realize that a too small apartment minutes away from jerusalem would do amazing things for your soul and the futures of your kids, and if you have to leave most of your stuff behind, well, so be it.

the sabra said...

sarah-at least come to israel long enough to make a small fortune, and then you can go back to america.

haha jameel

the sabra said...

oh and the sabra will g-d willin be a reaaal sabra soon enough. iow, doin the aliyah thing :)

tafka PP said...

Is it just me or is anyone else thinking it might be time to change the name of this blog from "The Muqata" to "The Sochnut"?

Mike Miller said...

Anything but "The Sochnut," please. I really don't want to be reminded of my experiences with my shaliach (who kept telling me that my application was delayed in transit, in process, and other excuses for TWO MONTHS while it was sitting in his mailbox the entire time. His excuse? "They usually put it directly on my desk. I don't use my mailbox". No %#$%.

Eh, b"H, despite his best efforts, we're here now :)

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

TAFKAPP: You think I want to so blatantly divulge my secret source of Muqata funding?

No one would take this site seriously anymore!

Truth said...

Jameel: You think I want to so blatantly divulge my secret source of Muqata funding?

Hey, now you've ruined my image of you, I'd always thought you pulled a 'Kochavi Shemesh'* for funding...


Truth.

* - I wonder if Mr. Joe Settler might be able to tell you what I mean (if you don't know already).

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Truth: Actually, my funding comes from the EU and TIPH. They haven't caught on yet what this blog is really about. The arabic on top is about as far as they need to get.

the sabra said...

:-D

(p.s. what DOES the arabic mean?)

Joe Settler said...

Truth.

Wasn't he a Black Panthers?

I'll have to ask my Mother-in-Law. She's still an active member.

Truth said...

Joe Settler: Wasn't he a Black Panthers?

I'll have to ask my Mother-in-Law. She's still an active member.


Joe,

Yes. He was one of the 'founders' [with Sa'adiya Marciano, Charlie Biton and Reuven Abergil].

What he did was met up with the PLO and got a suitcase full of money out of them to use for 'revolutionary purposes' - then just kept it [for himself]!

Apparently the security services didn't do much more than laugh about it [and wished that they'd had that idea themselves]...

Your mother-in-law... fascinating... maybe I knew her [back in the day]...


Truth.

Truth said...

the sabra: (p.s. what DOES the arabic mean?)

It seems to read, 'Jameel at the Muqata'...

:-)


Truth.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Truth: Good Guess :)

Truth said...

Jameel,

I didn't guess, I fed the text into my 'tricorder' for translation... one to beam up, Scotty [oh, I forgot, Scotty's dead, Jim] - now, Mr. Sulu, put one of those photon torpedoes onto that other golden orb a few degrees east of the last one...


Truth.

Joe Settler said...

She used to pack heat back then (or so she says).

Shtender said...

Phish:

What you say may be true, but it still takes guts to do it.

Batya said...

I did it after my wedding, and we're still here, almost 36 years.

No in a million years or for a million dollars can I ever imagine myself anyplace else.

Joe Settler said...

Great Aliyah Post here:

http://joesettler.blogspot.com/2006/02/beit-shemesh-did-this-guy-take-wrong.html

FrumGirl said...

Must, lol!!!!

Emah S said...

We're anxiously awaiting approval from Nefesh B'nefesh, and already have approval from the Shaliach. We're coming in July........

:)

Joe Settler said...

Talking about secret sources of funding, check this out...

http://joesettler.blogspot.com/2006/02/peace-now-and-their-domestic-espionage.html

Greg said...

"Jameel": it was actually exciting as all hell to come here. I had the best time of my life getting away from my parents(though nowadays I miss them terribly). BTW: they're coming for a visit the third of March(I'm not even sure what day of the week that is:) and I'll have to disappoint them again by telling them of my plans to stay here.

Good for you for trying your best to promote aliya,

Be'tikva,Eitan.

AMSHINOVER said...

im there i just need a job

Jerusalem Dreams said...

I grew up in Washington Heights (Northern Manhattan) and made Aliya 26 years ago when I was just out of college. When I came, I didn't have a job, nor did I know Hebrew very well. There was no nefesh B nefesh, no pilot trips - in fact more Jewish Agency shlichim were making Yerida than North American's were making Aliya (and staying). Over the years, I've seen the best and worst of times in Israel but do not regret the decision I made for a split second. If your Judaism is important to you, regardless of whether or not you are orthodox, Israel is the place to be.

Greg said...

I'm with ya, Rich! It's sure a hard decision but whether religious or secular we have that Jewish blood flowing through our systems and hey...no one can get that out!

I respect you and people like you very, very much.

Be'tikva, Eitan.

the sabra said...

I disagree with you Rich (and regreg)-there are other places where Jews are needed, besides for Israel. If you are in chutz l'aretz and spreadin Judaism, learning with people who know less than you, and basically elevating the sparks of G-dliness found in all four corners of the world, then that is the place where you should be.

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