Aliyah Now! Why Wait?

Batya Medad ,

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Batya Medad
New York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after their 1970 wedding and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Political pundit, with a unique perspective, Batya has worked in a variety of professions: teaching, fitness, sales, cooking, public relations, photography and more. She has a B.S. in Journalism, is a licensed English Teacher specializing as a remedial teacher and for a number of years has been studying Tanach (Bible) in Matan. Batya blogs on Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother. ...

Aliyah Now! Why Wait?

We all know the reasons many American Jews give, those Jews who agree that aliyah is a good idea, for not making aliyah:

  • They don't have enough money to make the move. So, when things are better they will come.
  • Life in America is just too good for Jews to leave. We have everything we need, including high economic life-style.
So, by listening carefully, it's clear that when life is good in America, they won't leave, and when life is hard they won't leave. Basically, whatever is going on for them is the perfect excuse to stay in the USA.
My husband and I made the move to Israel when we were young marrieds in 1970, without the academic degrees we have now. Here in Israel I completed my B.S. and later on got a EFL teaching license, while my husband, not all that long ago, got his Masters degree from Hebrew University. We own our own home and are active members of our community, Shiloh. We are now of retirement age, work part-time, and I've also been studying one day a week for a number of years in Matan. Honestly, I can't imagine living anyplace else but Israel.

A Jewish cemetery in France defiled with swastikas. (New Voices)

In other parts of the world, life for Jews is much harder and more dangerous. Yes, it's even more dangerous than living in Shiloh; not that I consider Shiloh to be dangerous, but others do.
A massive majority of Jews in Europe are fearful of publicly identifying as Jewish, leading to decreased participation in ceremonies and prayer services, a new survey of European Jewish communities revealed.
According to details published by Israel’s Channel 2 on Tuesday, 85% said they will not bring their children to synagogue on Rosh Hashanah this week out of concern for their safety. (Algemeiner)

Great Britain is no better for Jews and Israelis than France.

More than 107,000 sign UK petition for arrest of NetanyahuMore than 107,000 people have signed a British petition calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to arrested for war crimes when he visits London this week for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.Britain said visiting heads of state have immunity from legal process and thus cannot be arrested, though the petition indicates the strength of feeling among some about last year's war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza."Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the UK for the massacre of over 2,000 civilians in 2014," the petition reads.
Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate. (Reuters)

This is so deja vu; isn't it? Less than a hundred years ago Nazi ideology began in Europe, but Jews didn't leave in sizable enough numbers. Rabbis and community leaders on the whole encouraged them to stay. Zionist leaders were ignored, and there were even those who rejected American visas in fear that living in the USA would mean assimilation and the end of Jewish life.

Today it is even easier for Jews to assimilate in the states than ever before and it isn't PC-politically correct to voice Torah Jewish Values. Today's America idealizestransgender and same-sex "marriage." It's harder for the Jewish Sabbath Observer to get a good job with promotions than for two men or two women to get a marriage license.

And with the rapidly rising Arab and Muslim populations in the United States, it's only going to get harder for American Jews.

In the forty-five 45 years I've lived in Israel the standard of living has skyrocketed, from well behind the USA to ahead of it, and I'm not exaggerating at all. When I think of Shiloh and our county Mateh Binyamin as a microcosm of Israel, it's clear that there is a place for all Jews from all over the world and all backgrounds.

I don't know what World Jewry is waiting for.