Now surprise, I'm sure, but I don't understand how Israel is not considered an option. Granted the OU is an American Jewish organization that wants to perpetuate itself, but still there are Jewish principles, such as the mitzvah of ישוב הארץ yishuv ha'Aretz, settling the Land of Israel.
My husband and I made aliyah just two months after our wedding in the summer of 1970. That was decades before the establishment of Nefesh B'Nefesh. Today's olim have a much easier time than we did, and we consider our aliyah to best decision we ever made, tying with our move to Shiloh.
We weren't among the very first families in Shiloh. We moved to Shiloh in time for the school year, the summer of 1981, when the population doubled from thirty plus families to sixty plus families. Shiloh was the first Jewish community in our area, and we enthusiastically welcomed Eli and Ma'ale Levona. Davka, last night a picture of the founding ceremony of Ma'ale Levona was posted on our email list as a quiz/challenge asking the veterans here who is in the picture. I'm the young mother holding that adorable baby.
|The establishment ceremony of Ma'ale Levona, spring, 1984, which we from Shiloh attended.|
|a more up to date picture of Ma'ale Levona|
Today there are so many different sorts of places for people to live in Israel, from small communities to large cities. Israel is now a modern high tech country. If you're in the market to move, so move here and do yourselves a big favor!