T-18 days to Aliyah; T-5 days to the movers!

I am feeling surprisingly calm considering that in five days a 40′ shipping container is going to appear in my driveway and all of my family’s worldly possessions will be crammed inside, and the box will be sent halfway around the world, hopefully to arrive in Israel in early August. Maybe it’s because this is the sixth time we’ve moved in nine years we’ve gotten pretty good at it and have shed most of our unnecessary junk long ago. Lauri did find some 14 year old cancelled checks to throw away, but what the heck it’s not like they take up a lot of space.

The good news is my car sold. Nothing has happened on selling the van, so we’re back to planning on bringing it with us. The house also has not sold, so we’re probably going to rent it out. As much as we may be trying to leave, we will be connected to Toledo for the foreseeable future through an umbilical cord of mortgage payments…

When talking about our impending move, some people mention that things are, shall we see, a little “unsettled” in Israel right now. Well, things in Israel have been at least somewhat unsettled for much of the country’s going on 60 year existence. The current situation among the Palestinians is depressing, however. I can not take any joy in terrorists killing each other. I really want the Palestinians to have a country of their own, where the people who wish to do so can live in peace and dignity and get on with their lives. Unfortunately, the gun battles and civil war between Hamas and Fatah make it look like the country is lacking in adult supervision. Just who would run a country if they were given one? Someone pointed out that we had a civil war of our own 140 years ago. That may be, but unless I missed something in history class (entirely possible) we never had Republicans and Democrats shooting at each other in the Capitol.


Barry Leff

Rabbi Barry (Baruch) Leff is a dual Israeli-American business executive, teacher, speaker and writer who divides his time between Israel and the US.

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