Audio: He lives in Ramat HaGolan and works in New York.

Living two weeks at home and two weeks away, a sacrifice worth making in order to make it in Israel? Dr. Shalom disagrees.
12/2/2012, 11:12 AM

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The Commuter!

This is not the name of a new movie.

“Welcome to Israel” is a greeting I personally last heard 16 years ago when I came on my flight back from my brothers Bar-Mitzvah in Toronto. Some of us hear this greeting once every few years, maybe once a year and maybe a few times a year. What about hearing it 10 times a year? That’s right!

This is the story of olim who make, what to some of us would seem to be an unacceptable sacrifice in order to fulfill the dream to live in the Holy Land. The “commuters” live in Israel and work overseas. Dr. Shalom is one of these olim. He lives in Ramat HaGolan and works in New York.

Is this type of life - living two weeks at home and two weeks away, a sacrifice worth making in order to make it in Israel? Dr Shalom disagrees that it is a sacrifice and says: “When I am at home during the two to three weeks, time is mine! I am able to be with my wife…with my children… with my grandson… able to learn in the morning… able to learn woodworking on my own…” Dr Shalom even said that relationships improved with the change of lifestyle that Aliyah introduced.

After hearing Dr. Shalom I wanted to start looking for a job overseas but my wife quickly brought me back to reality. No, not everyone is built for that type of lifestyle. I for one have great respect for the commuters.

Does it pay financially? How can one work half time and still make ends meet? Make sure to hear Dr. Shalom and his answer to this important question. It has been working for him and his family for ten years. His advice is important for all those thinking about this type of Aliyah!

It just so happens that Dr. Shalom was in New York in the wake of the Hurricane and away from Israel during the Pillar of Defense Operation. That makes for quite an interesting trip and many keen observations. Join us and Dr. Shalom in this interesting and informative interview.

You too may grow wings and be a frequent flyer once you hear Dr. Shalom!

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David Lev is a prolific writer with extensive experience in media productions. He is founder of Aliyah Magazine and the Jewish TV Channel, with a focus on connecting Jews to Israel. David is an avid explorer of biblical sites; he is also a serving non-commissioned officer with Israeli security forces, which welcomes potential volunteers. Dr. Sam Minskoff, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Jerusalem providing psychological services to the English speaking community, in particular those pertaining to the Aliyah process. He has an excellent reputation for successfully helping a wide range of people in his unique caring way for individual attention. New confidential enquiries are most welcome. Contact either of them:
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