What would you do if your teenager comes to you and says, “Mom, Dad, I want to make Aliyah and serve in an IDF combat unit?” While some parents would be all for it and even encourage it... there are others that might just wash their child’s mouth out with soap and then chain them up in their rooms for the rest of their lives.
David had been thinking about making Aliyah since the 10th grade. When he made his plans known to his mom, she was quite upset to say the least. “I think that all or many of my hardships are just caused bythe fact that my parents love me very dearly…” Explained David.
“They used everything in their power to convince me not to make Aliyah, they offered to buy me a car, pay for all of my college, all of my medical school… But it was never a matter of finances to begin with… Honestly, if you have a dream, especially moving to Israel, it’s worth more than any of that,” David continued.
Fear was a normal reaction and completely understandable.
In order to calm his parents, David decided to go to Keshet Yehuda Pre Military Academy in the Golan Heights for close to a year. Keshet Yehuda has a special program for English speakers (http://www.keshetyehuda.org/) that are integrated into the general Israeli population. The program has two tracks; the first track is for those like David. They want to “test the water” before making any commitments. The other track is for those young men who are fully committed. About half way through the program, David was even more convinced that Aliyah was the right decision for him. When he called his mother to tell her of his decision, she was beside herself. “My parents were ready to come to Israel and bring me back themselves if they had to!” Remarked David. In the end they managed to make a deal with their determined son that if he would come back and go to college for a year and remain committed to making Aliyah after the year, then so be it.
A short while before the end of the year, David started to prepare for Aliyah, and his parents began to question his actions. “The year isn’t finished, why are you preparing for Aliyah?” They asked. David reminded them that he had been planning to make Aliyah for years, and being close to fulfilling his commitment it was time to start the Aliyah process. “There were tears, shouts and arguments; it was a hard summer for all of us.” David reminisced.
“My parents said, 'go to Israel for a year, go to college for a year, finish college, go to medical school, finish medical school, become the best doctor you can be, get married here..." At what stage do you say “Move to Israel?” When I’m retired?, When I have nothing else to do?, I don’t want to wait years of my life in America before I make Aliyah, America is a great country, but not my country. I don’t want to wait many, many years just looking at my dream thinking what could have been, what should have been, so I made Aliyah this year!” David said pointedly.
David was name after his grandfather, who at a young age like David, left medical school to come to Israel and help build Israel up with his bare hands! “My grandfather is a hero to me, that’s who I want to be like, that’s the life I want to live. When I hear the American national anthem, I feel no connection to it, but when I hear “Hatikvah” the Israeli national anthem I am moved and feel completely connected to Israel and my people.” David exclaimed.
David’s parents have more or less accepted his decision and now have moved on to working on him to stay out of a combat unit in the IDF. “I have a few days to go before I am drafted into a combat unit; my parents are calling every day trying to convince me not to go into a combat unit.” David continued to say.
“I am going into a combat unit, I want to be the best soldier I can be, I am ready to give to my Country even my life it that’s what is to be.” Was David’s say on the matter.
As missiles are flying though the air, all borders on red alert with the chance of all hell breaking out any moment, we must ask Hashem to keep safe our brave soldiers and all of our citizens. David like the rest of us that are so privileged to Live in the land or our Forefathers are Here to stay, build, lead and fight for the continued existence of our one and only Jewish Nation.
See you at the Beit HaMikdash!
Catch Aliyah Fever! It’s contagious!
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