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So what are we looking for?

image I wanted to get this down before I go to sleep, because it was fascinating to see how the process of elimination works.  These are points that just came out while I was free-associating with the Nefesh b’Nefesh Go North person this morning, but they each helped narrow things down considerably, in terms of what we want.

Basically, it all begins with a description of what we have here:

  • a diverse, kiruv-oriented community with many geirim, baalei teshuvah, neighbours and friends with varying degrees of religious observance – translates to “we don’t need everybody around us to look and act exactly like us.”
  • one so-so Hebrew speaker (me) and one pretty not-great Hebrew speaker (Ted) – translates to “don’t drop us off somewhere we cannot communicate.”
  • a shul that calls out page numbers – hmm… does this translate directly?  maybe just, “I don’t think a one-shul town is the place for us.”
  • the heroine’s plaintive cry in F. Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden:  ‘“Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth?”’ – translates to “give me a patch of earth on which to garden; a mirpeset (balcony) might not be enough.”
  • I can hop on a subway and get downtown – heck, I can walk out the door and STROLL downtown if I have a couple of hours to spare – translates to “please don’t strand us in the middle of nowhere??”
  • living in a teeny-tiny little ancient house we don’t actually own – translates to “perhaps somewhere with plenty of rental accomodation.”

I’m sure there were more points, but this is what I remember now, twelve hours and a busy day later.  This is what we’re looking for – our little patch of Toronto in the north (or not-so-north) of Israel.

The other nice thing is that she sent me home with a nice little map of the north.  So I stuck it up on the wall.  Naomi Rivka asked, “is that where we’re going to live in Israel?”  I said, “maybe.”

1 comment:

  1. J, please land somewhere comfortable and easy, like Ra'anana, for just a year or two. It's got every criterion you've listed. Yes, it's not exactly affordable, but it's better to live in a small apartment here and adjust easily than comfortably somewhere where you feel like an alien from outer space every time you try to interact with someone. After a little while, you can go around the country and see for yourself where you'd like to settle, but you'd be doing so from a position of strength and knowledge, and not under pressure and relying on youtube videos and NbN shlichim with their own agenda.


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