I am on a journey, to make Aliyah, and want to share my journey with my family, friends and anyone that is interested. I made the decision to make Aliyah in December 2002 and now I am actually doing it. This blog will chronicle my story and adventures leading up to getting on the plane and then the continuing story of the beginning of my new life in Israel and what I experience once there.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

True Inspiration

I mentioned in an earlier post of my viewing of the arrival ceremonies online. Each ceremony includes dignitaries and guests. Nefesh b'Nefesh has made note of some of the guests with plaques and awards. They have each made a contribution in time, effort, belief and in some cases financial resources. Some of the presentations made it obvious as to the contribution of the individual(s) but one was always vague to me. I admit I didn't take the time to research who this person was so I just accepted that he was an honorable individual that did something wonderful for Nefesh b'Nefesh. What I didn't know was that he is a man with a mission and truly committed to Judaism and Zionism. I just read an article and watched a video about Guma Aguiar that left me feeling both small and empowered. Here is a man that embraced his roots and began a journey that he thought might have destroyed his life, but in reality has strengthened it, his family and the future for them and the many individuals that he does not personally know. He gave up his past life in the commercial world to "go up" to Israel and its future.

I may not have the financial resources as Guma, but I can understand his heartfelt desire to improve Israel, its future and the reality of aliyah, not just for myself but for Jews in the diaspora and the ultimate destiny of Israel. I will be there and will be a not so quiet advocate of what people like Guma, organizations such as Nefesh b'Nefesh, Arutz Sheva and Ohr Olam and programs from United Synagogue and others have figured out: Israel is where I am supposed to be. Israel is where you belong. Join me...

1 comment:

Batya said...

Good luck!
We made aliyah in 1970 by boat...

I flew twice on an NBN flight, as a journalist, and also greeted a third flight here in Israel. The ceremonies are great! So's NBN's service.