Monday, August 18, 2008

The Night before Aliya

This coming Monday morning, at 10:30 AM, another few hundred North American Jews will arrive at the JFK airport in preparation for their flight home.

Its now slightly after 1 AM in NY, and I'm honestly very excited for the privilege to join this flight. I recall almost 18 years ago, the night before I moved to Israel. I couldn't sleep. Tossing and turning with anticipation, excitement, and a bit of trepidation, I could barely squash the jumble of thoughts which prevented me from sleeping.

Songs danced around in my head. Homeward Bound, ושבו בנים, Take me home, אם אשכח ירושלים, and so many others.

In the end, I didn't sleep. It was too much. I didn't sleep on the plane either...all the way home to Israel -- It was far too exhilarating.

But that was almost 18 years ago.

I spoke to one of the families tonight that I will be escorting home on tomorrow's flight. They had already put their kids to sleep, and were very excited about the flight...the culmination of their planning, hopes and dreams to return home.

Please join me over the next few days as I blog about 2 families and their journey home.

My thanks to Nefesh b'Nefesh and Webads for arranging this special trip.


PS; And special, special thanks to my wife and children, for their understanding -- while I "disappeared" for a few days to accompany this special flight.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד


Erachet said...

There is absolutely nothing I can comment to this post except a huge (not yellow, however) smiley.


Have a safe flight!!! Say hi to Israel for me!!!

SuperRaizy said...

Very much looking forward to hearing all about your trip.

bec said...

just watch out for aliyahniks without nerves of steel--those will be the ones gagging. make sure you have an extra set of clothing!
wishing them all hatzlacha!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Lipa’s is on track for a head-on collision with the “Gedolim”

Get ready for the big ban 2 . . .
Here’s the actual video of what happened:

Baila said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. In two weeks we will be celebrating our first anniversary. But to be honest with you, the flight itself came after months of the proverbial emotional roller coaster that I was completely numb. I am so glad I'm going to experience some of it through your posts.

Nesiah Tovah! I'll be looking for your yellow smiley mask on Wednesday.

Cosmic X said...

The most amazing moment of my flight to Israel: When everybody starts clapping when the plane touches down!

Does anybody clap when their plane touches down in New York?

RivkA with a capital A said...

I also didn't sleep the night before I made Aliyah.....because I was still packing!


Mindy Schaper said...

Guess I'll see you at the conference!

Leah Goodman said...

I had to back out of the conference last minute :( (family obligation)

I so wish I could also be there to experience that flight with the new olim!

I remember my aliya flight thirteen years ago...I cried when I landed. I also had multiple songs running through my head - my "theme" song of that time, though, was "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Trilcat: Hopefully, there will be many more opportunities!

RivkA: I too, was packing last night and got very little sleep :)

CosmicX: See my latest post...I mention the clapping!

Baila: Just got back -- the flight was better than I could have imagined.

See you all on Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

Hope your kids remain Jewish in that Tumeneh Medineh!!!

Leah Goodman said...

Anon 12:23am,
You are a strange bird!

Rebecca said...

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