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The 5th Aliyah and the Building of Nahriyah

On Yom HaAtzmaot museums throughout Israel are free.  This year we went to the Lieberman House and learned all about the 5th Aliyah and the building of Nahariyah.

The Lieberman House Museum

The Lieberman House Museum

The 5th Aliyah primarily consisted of “free professionals” who were forbidden by Nazi law to work in their field of expertise.   These highly trained professionals left Germany in the early to mid 1930’s and began a new life as farmers in Nahariyah.   Their wooden shipping containers (lifts) were later used as housing.

Our Doscent

Our Docent and Life-Long Resident of Nahriyah

Our docent went above and beyond our expectations, telling more than we possibly could have expected, and going well past closing time.

Lieberman House

The Lieberman House was built in 1890

The Lieberman house was built in 1890 and was part of the original land purchase of Joseph Levi and partners.  It has been passed down to family and was finally donated to the city of Nahariyah, renovated, and used as a museum to tell the story of  Nahariyah.

Hearing the stories about the work and effort of these families is absolulty profound and it brings a greater appreciation as to how a city is developed.

For more information please visit this link > http://museum.rutkin.info/en/node/21

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Our “Mobile Home” – a 40′ Shipping Container

Let's Go Home!

The Door to our Shelayach's Office

Looking back over some pictures of when we were making aliyah has prompted this post.

When we moved to Miami we used a 24′  Ryder truck (approx. 1400 cubic feet) and since we were taking just about everything with us – the 40′ container was our shipping vessel of choice.  We got twice the volume at only 20% more cost.

The 40′ container allowed us to take everything that we wanted to take – saving us time, money, energy and quite possibly our sanity, when we got to Israel.

We knew that we would not have a car for some time, so the thought of taking buses and trains to shopping centers and specialty stores seemed like a dreadful idea.  The idea of “shopping around” or “price comparison” wasn’t/isn’t a reality, especially when you are fortunate enough to find the first store, let alone their “competitors”.    Also, many household products in Israel cost more then the US – making the 40′ container a money saving opportunity.

Containers are available in 3 sizes – 20′ (approx 8′ x 8′ x 19.5′), 40′ (approx 8′ x 8′ x 39.5″) and 40′ HC (approx 8′ x 9′ x 39.5′).

Our Container

Our 40' container - Backed up to our door.

We started packing boxes about45 days before the loading date.  As the time got closer,  we packed faster.   By the time the container had arrived just about the whole house was boxed up and ready to go.

I had requested the container to be dropped off the day before to give the moving crew plenty of time to load the container before it had to be returned to the port.   Our moving crew came bright and early and worked with alacrity.   Within an hour almost all the boxes were loaded – that was the fast and easy part.  The slow part of the packing/loading process was the disassembling of furniture and wrapping for protection.  We used bubble wrap, paper wraps/paper blankets and shrink wrap – everything that wasn’t boxes was mummified!   Some time around 1:00 pm the crew was done – the house was empty and the container was full and heading to the port for the next vessel heading to Haifa.

Leaving My Container Behind for Loading

Leaving My Container Behind for Loading

The Shipping Process.   Sailing from the west coast to Israel is approximately 45 days and sailing from the east coast is 20-30 days – depending on the port.    The container needs to be at the port 3 days before the sailing, requiring the container to be loaded the week before.   Typically, it takes 3-4 men about 3-4 hours to load a 20′ container.   In some locations I can have the container dropped at a residence over night – allowing for a more leisurely loading.

After the container is loaded, the doors are closed and a metal band with a unique number is attached to it.  This seal stays on from beginning to end, and the number is included on the paperwork that is sent to the  destination port in Israel.   Having the seal intact is  proof that the container has not been tampered with.

After the container arrives in Israel the process is as easy as 1-2-3.    1)  Customs Clearance – this needs to be done at the port at takes about an hour or so ,  2)  Payment of port fees – there are a number of charges at the port.  Assuming there are no storage charges, estimated port fees are about $250 (20′ container) and $300 (40′ container) and 3) Scheduling of delivery – need I say more?


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Potting Instructions for genus Israeli

All plants have specific soil requirements for successful and robust growth and the genus Israeli is no different. The genus Israeli, or Israeli, thrives best in a small, fertile and quite beautiful, G-d given plot of land, about the size of New Jersey – coincidentally know as Israel.  The relationship of the Israeli and the land of Israel is profound and cannot be rationally understood – you have to experience it!


Sano-Man- Just look at that smile!

The Israeli – Israel phenomenon can be seen on a daily basis throughout the land.  It’s in the eyes and smiles of the inhabitants (like the Sano-Man).  It’s in the friendly gestures – the “boker tov’s” from stangers.  It’s the feeling that thy love olim chadashim and are so happy you’ve come.  It’s the feel that we are all connected, no matter where we come from.  It’s the feeling of family.

In Israel the Israeli finds wholeness, they find G-d, they find inspiration, they find internal peace and serenity – they find they have to get dragged on the plane to go back their their houses.

The land of Israel was created and designated for the Israeli by the Highest Wisdom – G-d, therefore we know that the two are made for each other and it is the desired state of existance.   Within every Jewish soul there is a yearning to go to Israel and make it their home.  I know, I talk to the people making aliyah, I hear the stories, I know what people are giving up – money, jobs, homes, security, you name it – it’s all being left behind.

For example, there are 7 new “seedlings” coming from Kaifeng, China to plant themselves in the Holy Land.  You can read the story at Arutz Sheva.   One of the new olim, Yaakov Wang says. “This is something that my ancestors dreamed about for generations, and now thank G-d I have finally made it.”

Let me ask you, would you rather say you live in Detroit or the Holy Land?

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Ohel Avraham – The Heartbeat of Our Neighborhood

I debate in my mind if Ohel Avraham is a special place, or just one of the hundreds, if not thousands of community, or “corner”Beit Knessiot.

Let me tell you about Ohel Avraham and you can decide.

Ohel Avraham on Rechov HaIris - Ma'alot

Ohel Avraham on Rechov HaIris - Ma'alot

At Ohel Avraham you will find the staples found in a successful minyan – the baal tefilah, whose voice fills the room with ease, the timely one(s) who ensure that Hodu starts at 6:00 am – sharp, the gabbi who gives the warmest, heartfelt mishaberachs, the “candyman”, and a whole gang of others – business owners, employees, soldiers, students, and now – olim chadashim.

One works in real estate, another works in military defense, and yet another will come and fix your pluming problems.  I even got my arba minim (best ever) from a member of Ohel Avraham.  There is no rabbi, but the words of Torah are spoken by those called upon.

Hokafot during Chol HaMoed

Hoshanot during Chol HaMoed

Over the chag I have seen fathers and sons, grandparents and grandchildren, and in-laws.  I get the feeling the members have grown up together and are, is some way, a big family themselves.

There is camaraderie and synergy.

The View from my Seat Inside

The View from my Seat Inside

Ohel Avraham is on Iris street, or Rechov HaIris, the oldest free-standing-home residential street in Ma’alot, dating back nearly 40 years.  HaIris follows the curve of one of the many hillsides in Ma’alot, and services houses at street-level and those on the hillside – both above and below.   Beit Knesset Ohel Avraham is picturesquely, and conveniently positioned near the center of HaIris.

I have been in other “corner” Beit Knessiot and have found them to be delightfully energetic and sincere – so I know that Ohel Avraham is not unique.   But then I was told recently by another oleh that Ohel Avraham has a “bunch of great guys in it”.  I guess he has noticed it too – so maybe it is special.

These Beit Knessiot are the places where the people of Israel go to pray, where friends are made, where simchot are held, and the feeling of community is still alive and well.   These are the places that keep Torah alive.

These are the heartbeats of the land.

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…who will go and who will stay…

We know that everything that effects us is decreed on Rosh HaShannah – and making aliyah is no different.  Not only that, but for those who are going; the date, the flight, the seats, traveling partners, and destination residence, (yes, your shipping company too) have already been decreed.  Kind of comforting, huh?

Our Eagle

Our Eagle

When considering aliyah it is important to ramp up on your emunah. This quality/midda can smooth the rocky path of transition, and give you a feeling of comfort and security – like the “clouds of glory” in the midbar.   To gain these skills there is an excellent book – The Garden of Emuna by Rabbi Shalom Arush.  (If you haven’t read it yet – order it now.  If you haven’t read it lately, find it and read it again.)  It is essential for gaining a healthy perspective to life.

Different Perspectives on Aliyah. I was talking with a couple of my friends about making aliyah a week before our flight.  One told me that all his kids are doing real well in school and he doesn’t want to take them out and, essentially, ruin a good thing.

My other friend, however, told me that his son isn’t doing well in school and is learning more about life than he ought to at his tender young age, but yet he doesn’t want to make aliyah because of the horror stories of teenagers.

What’s the truth?  Who is right?

My perspective is that both can make aliyah – if they want to.  And it can be a positive experience.

Who can resist this view out their window?

Who can resist this view out their window?

Children (and parents)  in general do not want to move, whether from one city to another, or one country to another.  It is human nature.  We enjoy the comforts of  familiar soundings, job security, life-long friends, the list goes on.  Making aliyah is not the path of least resistance.  For a family to want to make aliyah, there has to be the knowledge and emphasis that life will be better in, as my wife calls it “God’s special land for Jews”.

In my conversations with friends, most often I find one spouse wants to make aliyah and the other definitely does not want to.  Most often it is the wife who wants to stay.  I am guessing it is because of the material comforts – and that’s passe.

There are a billion perspectives on making aliyah,  finding a community, and families with teens.  The factors involved are too numerous to make blanket statements – but it should be know that it can be done successfully.


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