So what your New Year’s resolution? If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking about joining a gym, finding a new job, losing some weight or eating healthier. All very worthwhile resolutions and if you can stick to them, that’s great! But why not wish for more? Why not set a New Year’s resolution that won’t just make your year a better year, but make your life a better life? Why not set a resolution to make your dream come true?
I’m not just talking about any dream. I’m talking about THE DREAM. For so many people I know and maybe for you too, THE DREAM is moving to Israel. A dream of picking up and moving to Israel. A dream of a new and exciting life in Israel. A dream of being surrounded by fellow Jews who are more like family than strangers. A dream of kids playing with Israeli kids from the early afternoon hours until the sun sets. A dream of a more meaningful life that is measured by other things besides one’s salary, the car one drive, the house one lives in and the vacations one take. A dream of living in a country that belongs to our ancestors and our future generations. Many wish this dream would come true, but for many, it, unfortunately, does not.
I know this all too well because I was a dreamer too. I left Israel as a kid and for 30 years I dreamed of moving back. As the years flew by, my dream became more and more like a distant memory. I went to college, started my career, got married, bought a house, had kids and settled into a very comfortable life in the US. The dream was almost forgotten until one day when my wife turned to me and said, “if you want to move to Israel, I’d be open to that”.
THE DREAM was back on!! Now it was time to turn it into reality. We decided on a community in Israel, found a house to rent, my wife quit her job and I got my manager to agree to move to our Israeli office. We rented out our house and found someone to take over our car lease. We packed our house and went through the Nefesh B’Nefesh process. And get this…this all happened a span of 6 weeks!!
We’re now in Israel and have been living the dream from over 2 years. There are days that I still wonder if I’m dreaming. I then look around and realize that I’m not. I realize that my dream has become my reality.