How to Neutralize Aliyah Culture Shock

By Ariella Bracha Waldinger Adjusting to Life in Israel Adjusting to life in Israel follows a normal process of ups and downs. When you first arrive, you may go through a period of adjustment called “Aliyah Culture Shock.” Wikipedia defines culture shock as “an experience a person may have when moving to a new cultural environment... Continue Reading →

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 →

Lech Lecha: Receiving our Divine Inheritance

Lech Lecha:Receiving Our Divine Inheritance By Ariella Bracha Waldinger Lech Lecha is the quintessential Torah portion that teaches us that G-d established Eretz Yisrael as the eternal heritage of the Jewish people.  In fact, He required Avram and Sarai to leave the land of their birth, sever their ties, leave their loved ones and go to... Continue Reading →

The Miracle Couch

The Miracle Couch Lech Lecha: G-ds Involvement in all of life’s Details By Ariella Bracha Waldinger Many people believe in miracles but limit their belief to big ones, not ordinary everyday miracles. When you live in Israel, however, you see miracles every day, a constant affirmation of G-ds involvement in every aspect of our lives.... Continue Reading →

Am Israel Echad – We are all one and you feel this when you live in Israel- Make Aliyah Now

A soldier on the border writes: What's happening here in the staging area [area where soldiers prepare to enter Gaza] is beyond comprehension, not rationally, not emotionally and beggars the imagination. Almost every hour a car shows up overflowing with food, snacks, cold drinks, socks, underwear, undershirts, hygiene supplies, wipes, cigarettes, backgammon and more. They're... Continue Reading →


RETURNING HOME HUNGRY: LONGING FOR SOUL FOOD I got off the plane last week, after returning from America, feeling extremely ravenous, (hungry enough to eat a bear as they say). This wasn't a hunger for food, even though it is very challenging traveling in America with its lack of Kosher restaurants in airports, malls and... Continue Reading →

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