Secrets of Aliyah

There are always hidden costs when taking a trip, or moving to a new country.
There is always OBTW’s –“Oh By The Way” (incidentals that were unforeseen).
People are human and make mistakes.
People at Nefesh B Nefesh go on vacation and your file sits on their desk.
People forget to respond to your email because they are in a different time zone.
People quit their job and you get passed on to a “new” person who doesn’t know what they are doing.
People call out sick.
People give you one answer and then change it later.

Okay I accept this.

Apartments that were rented four months in advance have pipes break and leak all over your new home.
There is black mold.
Ruined plaster and peeling paint with a horrid smell await you.
There is a landlord that has never had a tenant ask him to fix anything because he is a slumlord and his clientele has no standards.
He looks at you with curiosity because he knows you are an American Jew and he thinks you have class, dignity and poise. You are an enigma to him and he doesn’t understand why you would lower yourself to live beneath your accustomed living requirements.

This was my choice.
No one made me do it.
I knew it was a dump.
I thought I could fix it up and perhaps even purchase it- I’d restore it to a beautiful icon of old Jerusalem stone.

This is not going to happen.
I cannot piss away the money I have reserved for this expedition.
Is that was this is? An expedition?
No. This is my home. This is my life. These are my people and I am not going anywhere.

Why the does a privileged American Jew, a woman of status in her community, an academic in Judaic studies, an arts patron, living in a pampered existence leave it all behind for a piece of crap?

Because this is what I am suppose to do with my life.
I am supposed to to return to myself. I am not discovering a new Kara- this is the Kara I have always been deep down.
Sure, I am an aesthetic snob; it is more of a philosophical lifestyle that embraces modernism as a minimalist, thus creating a tranquil space free of clutter, knick-knacks and opulence. Simplicity is true beauty, unadorned, clean, stark, and white…

I do not need money for this.
That would be the point entirely.
As a Buddhist I learned that the root of all human suffering is attachment to the impermanent. It is the expectation of a particular outcome that destroys us all in the end.

I want to strip all that I am away and get down to the bare nakedness of my soul. The only way to do that is to free myself of the trappings.
But what does Israel have to do with this? Couldn’t I have pulled an Elizabeth what’s her name- Eat, Pray Love type thing? Couldn’t I have gone to an Ashram in India or something for a few months and achieved this?


This is about my identity.
This is about accepting and embracing my Jewishness.
Couldn’t I do that in the U.S.? I am an American Jew like so many others.
No. Not going to cut it.

I want to become the essence of everything it means to be a Jew.
This includes living in the land of my ancestors in our ancient home.
This means becoming Israeli. This means acknowledging through actions that Israel is holding the door open for us. The Jewish state was created for whom? For us, for Jews. I want my Jews to understand and accept that this is a very old love story. It is the realization of the connection between a peoplehood and their land. I am part of that nation; I am part of that land. I am Israel.

Israel needs her Jews. Israel has a battle to fight. It is the same one she has been fighting since the beginning. This place is the beginning of everything. The only way for Israel to be “a light unto the nations” is for her Jews to return home. We must as a peoplehood embrace one common thing we all share: Identity.

I don’t care about politics or religion.
I denounce sectarianism.
I denounce denominationalism.
I don’t give a damn if you are secular or religious.
Stop being so myopic. Judaism is one facet of our peoplehood. It is the religion of the Jewish people. Some choose to practice it as such; some observe tradition as a means to honor our culture.
Yet there is one thing we can all agree on: Identity.
We have a shared history.
We have a shared tradition.
We have a unique culture.
We have our own language.

Dear listeners:
This is the litmus test that defines what a peoplehood is.
If you are a Jew, you are a part of this.
When I am in the presence of a Jew who understands this- the string that runs through me begins to vibrate.
That vibration is intensified when I am standing on this land.
Why? It is because there is a common thread that runs through Israel and it runs through every Jew; it runs through me.

I am here because I am the blood of Jacob.
I am the daughter of Queen Esther.
I am the remnant of the Hasmonean Dynasty.
I am the descendant of Maccabees.
I am the living, breathing existence of an unbroken chain defined by a covenant and an ancient textbook.
I am the trace of Sinai.
I am here to push every Jew on the Aliyah fence over.
If you want Israel to thrive, it needs you to participate.
Invest in Israel. Invest in the land. Invest in her future.
I am a nationalistic Jew.
I am a Zionist Jew.
I am a proud Jew.
I will never be afraid of my own home.
I will never be afraid of our enemies.
Israel is forever.
Be part of it.
Be Israel.
I will help you break the secret Aliyah code.

Here Is One Reason We Should All Applaud UNESCO's Decision About Jerusalem

Whether you are an Israel friend or foe, your social media feeds were probably taken up with the recent UNESCO decision that the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the Western Wall have no connection to Jewish history. 

The anti-Israel crowd was probably applauding the decision while the pro-Israel crew were either laughing it off or seriously ticked off by it. Personally, I most certainly belong to the second group, but when I heard the decision, I stood up and started applauding. Why, you ask? So happy you did!

No, I don't agree with this ludicrous, historically fabricated, Islamic terror, apologetic UNESCO decision, but for those of you who were surprised or even in the slightest bit disappointed by UNESCO, it's time to wake up! 

I am not applauding UNESCO's decision because I agree with its content, I am applauding it because this UN organization has finally unmasked its real intent. 

Can you see it?

This conflict was never about settlements or the occupation of a country that never existed and it was never about an Arab national dream to build a country called Palestine ... this conflict has always been about an Arab national intent to destroy the nation of Israel. 



The recent UNESCO decision proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not about an effort by the world to bring about peace, but rather an attempt by the world to take Israel apart, piece by piece. 

It's one thing to create a national Arab identity based on a fabrication of history, it's another to try to delete real Jewish history in the land of Israel, in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount. 

Let's forget the fact that the Torah, New Testament and the Quran clearly consider the Land of Israel a Jewish homeland and let's ignore the fact that the Islamic Al Aqsa mosque was originally called BAYIT AL MUQDAS (translated literally as: Built on the Temple!)

Let's pretend that there is no actual depiction of the Roman empire ransacking Jerusalem and stealing the vessels from the JEWISH Temple that existed in Jerusalem, long before a religion called Islam was born!

Let's ignore the fact that Muslims face Mecca in prayer and stick their backsides towards Jerusalem, while the Jews always and only face Jerusalem.

Let's ignore the fact that Jerusalem is mentioned in the Jewish Bible 669 times and the word Zion is mentioned 154 times and ignore the fact that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran even once!

Let's ignore all those pesky facts and still make believe the UNESCO decision has something to do with countries fighting for human and civil rights.

Here is a list of the countries that voted for the UNESCO decision to delete any Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.

I gave you the countries that are officially Muslim or have a majority population of Muslims ... can you point out which one of these countries has a full democratic government? 

The only thing that happened in the recent UNESCO vote is that the masks came off. The only people who were surprised about this vote are those who built themselves a fantasy world in which they believe the enemies of Israel are actually interested in peace. 

The only people upset about this vote are leftists who convinced themselves of some kind of Alice in Wonderland reality where the radical Islamic queen will not cut off their heads if they just give them some land. 

The only question that remains is: do the liberal leftists in the world have enough sanity left to actually deal with reality or will they cling to the fantasy world they have built for themselves?

Dear America, England, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania and The Netherlands -

Thank you for having the courage to stand up and vote NO to this total fabrication of history and poor excuse for Islamic terrorism.

Can you do me a favor?

Can you please stop pretending that settlements are the issue and can you please stop accepting the false narrative the Arabs created with which they justify attacking Israel and murdering Jews.


Dear America,
Now that you admit that Jerusalem has strong historical, religious and national connections to the Jewish people,
would you be so kind as to move your embassy to Jerusalem and stop deleting Israel when it comes to Jerusalem!

Dear Bibi,
You are a great statesman and thank God that you are Prime Minister and not the left wing representatives. You seemed to be very upset with the recent UNESCO decision and sent out several humorous yet angry tweets over the decision. 

LOL! Very funny!

Now, would you please cancel your order that does not allow Jewish members of the Knesset to go up to the Temple Mount.
And while we are on the subject, can you please give an order that Jews are no longer to be arrested for praying on the Temple Mount. 

Dear Israel,

If we make deals with terrorists and behave as if we owe something to those who have attacked us time and time again, you cannot blame the world for such stupidity ... let's stop making believe we are the bad guys, shall we??

The Next Time Someone Says The Arabs Are Fighting With Rocks, Show Them This!

We often hear the David and Goliath argument, but this time it is being used against Israel. People claim that Israel is using its F-16 fighter jets and tanks against the poor rock throwing "Palestinians".
Time to expose and destroy the lies.

First of all, being weaker than the side you attack does not make you a victim when you lose, it makes you a moron for picking a fight when you know you're going to get your backside kicked to the curb.

Second, I am sorry that some people in the world don't like that we, the Jews, have the ability to fight back. I know that many would like us to lay down and die or maybe walk like sheep to the slaughterhouse like we did 75 years ago. 

Dear World,
The party is over!
We are not going to give you a fair fight. You come to destroy us, we will use everything in our power to stop you. 

So is the IDF really fighting rock throwers?
Not according to this Hamas video right out of Gaza.
Looks like an army to me!

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