Paging JFK.

Maybe this isn’t very nice because once upon a time, I was just starting out, making aliyah, making ends meet, figuring it all out.

But at the same time, I don’t think I was ever a brat.

I’m just tired of hearing about/from people who are debating whether to make aliyah, but the angle they come from is what can the country to do for me? over what is my strategy for making this a successful aliyah?

It’s crucial, at least for most people, to be cautious and weigh the options – in my opinion, realistic, flexible, open-minded aliyah is more likely to succeed. And of course, a flair for brutal honesty, a sense of humor, and a decent set of employable skills help. I don’t think the strategy for aliyah in itself is to see how much the country would pay you, what the government would give you, how Israel will make you not regret moving here.

It comes down to: don’t come to live in Israel if you’re coming with the idea that you’re owed. I don’t think you will enjoy your experience here. Like anywhere else in the world, you have to make it work in Israel – job, health, housing, opportunity.

The only thing guaranteed when you’re handed your teudat zehut is a plastic sleeve.

(And that will rip in time).

Update: I enjoyed this post by One Tired Ema which emulates a similar line of thinking.