“Why do they think I made Aliyah?”
Not only did the form want my birthdate; it also requested the date I’d immigrated to Israel. My friend, who was helping with me the countless documents I needed for my children’s education, had a ready answer.
“More than half the Israelis weren’t born here.”
That statistic was true in 1986 and it’s probably just as true today. So true, that the Knesset has declared a special Aliyah Day today recognizing the contributions of its many immigrants. I’m proud to be among them. There is not a day in the past thirty-five years that I don’t thank the Almighty for the privilege of being here. Still, Aliyah wasn’t always easy and there were a number of angels to whom I owe a big thanks.