One day you will give back to others, but for now it's your turn to accept all the help you can get.From learning which products to buy in the grocery store to finding out the best way to clean Israeli stone floors, reach out to your neighbors, taxi drivers, and store owners. The popular Hebrew saying, loosely translated, goes: "A near neighbor is better than a distant brother." It couldn't be truer."We figured if our children are happy, we'll be happy and our aliyah will be successful," points out Yehuda Saar. After touring schools and neighborhoods, the Saars decided to settle down in Ra'anana, where their children are thriving.
Even Israeli taxes -- which can be higher than in the U. -- come with some advantages, such as paid maternity leave and tax breaks for women in the workplace. Live, Laugh, Love There are very few people who wake up one morning, roll out of bed and say "Honey, let's get up and move to Israel for no reason in particular." Ninety-nine percent of those who come on aliyah do so for very concrete reasons: ideological, religious, and spiritual, to name a common few.
At the end of the day, though, the reality check is important and can be summed up by this well-told joke: How do you make a million dollars in Israel? There is beauty and depth in Israel which touches the heart of nearly every visitor.
When you get offers of help, you may initially be surprised and even embarrassed by them.
After all, in your country of origin you might never have received an offer from a six-year-old next-door neighbor to watch your three children while you sleep! Smile and say, "Okay -- thanks." You will find that most people are offering out of pure good-heartedness; they generally do not dream of being compensated.
Bear in mind that Israeli culture, religious views and spectrums, and even ways of dress can be completely different from those abroad.
It's worth spending significant time deciding where your family wants to find a niche in all these areas, and then work on transitioning into that chosen lifestyle. Keep the Connection Alive One of the most difficult challenges new immigrants encounter is the loneliness of leaving loved ones behind.
In general, education and social environment are the biggest keys in ensuring a family's happy aliyah.
There may be some compromising or conforming necessary to fit in, but it's worth it since they help achieve good peer relationships and fulfilling school experiences.
The lifestyle here is completely different from that abroad, and therein lies the appeal.