I estimate that of all the eligible-for-aliyah people who read my blog post, “Obama Won’t Let Pollard Out of US” (See 29 July 2015), around 80% will either not agree with me, think it doesn’t apply to them or their family and friends, or rationalize away why it’s not pertinent to their lives at this time.
Of the remaining 20%, about 5-8% will be positively affected by my words to the point where they won’t discourage someone else from making aliyah and may even start thinking that perhaps they or their children should at least think about it. However, they will not be motivated or committed enough to overcome the forces and strains of life that surely will keep them from going beyond that stage.
That leaves only 12-15% of my readers who I believe actually will attempt to make aliyah: not because my exhortation has given them an epiphany (Oh, that it were so!) but because they’ve already been convicted about it and I’m just another small piece of the puzzle that helps someone make a major life decision. Those in this group already have a special feeling for Israel, perhaps have visited before, and feel an attraction to the Land. Even so, barely two-thirds of them – or 10% of my readers overall – will likely find themselves on that fateful plane ride to Ben Gurion Airport.
So, I’m estimating that only one in ten will make aliyah.
Mazal tov! The rest of this post is for that one in ten.
(For the other nine of you: it’s not easy being a Proud Hebrew while still living in the Diaspora. But, neither is it impossible, so future posts will be with you in mind, as well!)
The significant life transition of moving to a whole new culture certainly is formidable. Even after making aliyah, without a strong commitment and true desire to have a new life in the Land of your forefathers, you may be tempted to “go back to Egypt.” So, keep your eyes wide open. After all, you will be moving to the Middle East! It all may seem very daunting so it’s a good idea to have a plan and to start preparing now. Read about Israel; talk to “people in the know”; learn conversational Hebrew; start gathering your Jewish heritage paperwork; become part of a community that also is planning aliyah or already is in the Land; make a pilot trip.
Dream big and pray for guidance each step of the way.
Finally, get excited because a prophetic, meaningful future awaits you in an amazing country.