Aliyah and Dealing with Separation from Family Practical tools to keep the relationships flourishing By Ariella Bracha Waldinger Aliyah is one of the most exciting and courageous choices a Jew can make today. Choosing to live in the Holy Land comes with countless blessings and great spiritual benefits. However, along with the many positive benefits... Continue Reading →
Living in Israel: What Is It Really Like?
Living in Israel: What Is It Really Like? Part One By Ariella Bracha Waldinger The question I am most frequently asked when I visit America is, “What is it like living in Israel?” The question itself is deep and probing and touches upon many components. At best, I will strive to answer it through insights,... Continue Reading →
Parshat Devarim: Stating the Facts Relating To the Land Of Israel
Parshat Devarim: Stating the Facts Relating To the Land Of Israel By Ariella Bracha Waldinger In last week’s Torah portion, which begins the 5th book of Moses called Devarim, we read that Moses’ life is drawing to an end. I cannot imagine the sadness that must have gripped the Israelites, as their beloved teacher and... Continue Reading →
The Glorious State of Israel: State of Mind: State of Being
The Glorious State of Israel: State of Mind: State of Being “A state is not handed to a nation on a silver platter.” Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first president of the State of Israel. By Ariella Bracha Waldinger From the darkness appeared a young girl and a young boy, and slowly they stepped to face their... Continue Reading →
Aliyah 2003-2015 Celebrating 12 Years Of Extraordinary Blessings
Aliyah 2003-2015 Celebrating 12 Years Of Extraordinary Blessings By Ariella Bracha Waldinger It is my intention to write 12 different essays over the next few weeks on 12 different topics related to making Aliyah and living in Israel. This will be my way of celebrating 12 wondrous years of living in G-ds beloved garden—Eretz HaKodesh.... Continue Reading →
Crossing to Safety: Returning Home to Israel
Crossing to Safety: Returning Home to Israel by Ariella Bracha Waldinger I had been away for more than a month and was returning home. As the airplane approached the runway for touch-down, I began to feel a fluttering in my heart that cannot be explained in words. I knew that soon I would walk through... Continue Reading →
Aliyah – Why So Hard? Or Is It? with Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rejecting the Land of Israel by HaRav Kook
Rav Kook Torah Rejecting the Land of Israel "And [the spies] began to speak badly about the land that they had explored." (Num. 13:32) A dispirited discussion took place at Beit HaRav, Rav Kook's house in Jerusalem, not long after the end of World War II. The Chief Rabbi had passed away ten years earlier; now... Continue Reading →
Why is Aliyah so Hard?
Check out this amazing shiur from Rabbi Lazer Brody that will answer all your questions about why it may seem that aliyah is so hard. If you can check in live, go to the link provided. If not, look for it on Lazer Beams on yom Rishon (Sunday). See you at the shiur! http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2015/06/aliya-why-so-hard.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FpGFj+%28Lazer+Beams%29
Reflections on my Aliyah
Reflections on my Aliyah: The Decision, Days Leading Up to Departure, Second Thoughts, the Three Year Itch Wednesday, May 27th my husband and I left for Denver, Colorado to visit our children and grandchildren. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday that we were saying goodbye to them in order to embark on our aliyah journey... Continue Reading →
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