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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Letting the cat out of the bag

I have lost track of the number of emails and IM's I've gotten over the past month or two asking if everything was OK with me... with my family.  One kind soul even asked if my marriage was in trouble.

Here are a few of the warning signs you noticed:

  • Less frequent posting
  • Inconsistent posting times
  • Slower (and fewer) responses to comments
  • Odd (often bizarre) choices of subject matter

I can see how some of you might have noted these things and come to the conclusion that something was very wrong behind the scenes.  What you couldn't know is that something had gone incredibly (and inexplicably) right!

At the beginning of October I mentioned that my parents had dropped an exciting bombshell on us.  Instead of coming for their usual annual visit of a month-to-six-weeks, they had decided to rent an apartment in Jerusalem and come for five months.

Well, the bombshells kept falling. 

Over the next week or so this 'extended vacation' morphed into an incredible announcement.  They told us they would still keep their house in the US (they still have a passel of kids and grandkids in the US, after all!), but they had decided to spend a little more than half of every year here in Israel from now on... as citizens, not as tourists.  They were going to officially make aliyah!

This decision obviously set in motion a flurry of paperwork on their end.  Luckily one of our neighbors from Gush Etzion is running the NY Aliyah office and he was able to take a special interest (can you say 'proctezia'?!) in their paperwork. 

Forms were filled out... birth and marriage certificates were located and certified... a letter form their Rabbi (attesting to their Jewishness) was obtained.  Everything was done by the book... but in record time their 'tik' (file) was approved and their 'oleh' (immigrant) visas were issued by the Consulate.

Yesterday evening at 6:04PM, Israel's two newest citizens (four if you count the dogs) deplaned at Ben Gurion International Airport, were ushered into an office to meet with an official from the Ministry of Absorption,  and began writing an exciting new chapter in their lives.

I still can't believe they did it!

So yeah... I've been a little distracted lately.  I hope that, under the circumstance, you'll cut me a little slack.  :-)

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Posted by David Bogner on November 16, 2006 | Permalink

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Congrats! It seems to me that the hardest part of making aliyah must be leaving your family behind. It must be really nice to have at least part of your family joining you in Israel.

Posted by: Fern | Nov 16, 2006 10:35:40 AM

בשעה טובה - ברוכים הבאים!
They missed our toshavim chozrim for only an hour!

Posted by: Account Deleted | Nov 16, 2006 10:40:33 AM

mazal tov! klita kala v'n'eema!

Posted by: nikki | Nov 16, 2006 10:56:13 AM

Wow! I'm impressed.

Mazal Tov!

Posted by: Safranit | Nov 16, 2006 11:11:43 AM

Mazal Tov on a fabulous family reunion and treasure every minute with them.

Posted by: jennifer | Nov 16, 2006 11:16:42 AM

Mazel tov! I also noticed the typos - which made me somewhat worried. You usually are very careful.

Enjoy letting your parents spoil the heck out of your kids, and you too!

Posted by: westbankmama | Nov 16, 2006 12:23:19 PM

SO COOL! Congrats from the Goyim in Israel Committee for Aliyah (that's me)! Seriously, if I had known just a tad earlier, they could have had our apartment.

Posted by: John | Nov 16, 2006 12:31:13 PM

I think Isreal is THE country to be in, it’s a pity it’s only for the few “chosen” ones.

Posted by: Rami | Nov 16, 2006 12:39:38 PM

Mazel tov! Best wishes to them!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Nov 16, 2006 1:13:01 PM

Linda, Sophie & I already miss them! Enjoy them - it's a good move for everyone!

Posted by: val | Nov 16, 2006 1:41:48 PM

Dear Mom & Dad Bogner: We are fargening for you!

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Nov 16, 2006 2:09:56 PM

Great news!

Posted by: seawitch | Nov 16, 2006 2:12:18 PM

Mazel tov!
And in this day and age to come without Nefesh B'Nefesh!!?? True halutzim (if that word has not gotten a bad connotation recently)

Posted by: Rafi G | Nov 16, 2006 2:15:13 PM

Mazal Tov !!! That's wonderful news !! To quote a very famous classic movie, "There's no place like HOME", and for Jews there is no other REAL HOME but ISRAEL !!!

Posted by: Elaine | Nov 16, 2006 2:40:39 PM

Congratulations!

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Nov 16, 2006 4:14:23 PM

mazal tov!

i hope when i get there i can get special attention to... lol, i guess youre a good person to know

Posted by: SF Lisa | Nov 16, 2006 4:29:19 PM

Mazel tov!

Posted by: Talmida | Nov 16, 2006 4:36:15 PM

Mazel Tov!

Posted by: Tracey | Nov 16, 2006 5:06:42 PM

מזל טוב

Enjoy!

Posted by: Amechad | Nov 16, 2006 5:10:47 PM

Mazel Tov! How special for you and your family.

Posted by: Essie | Nov 16, 2006 6:15:08 PM

Hi Trep,

Mazel Tov!

Shalom,
Maksim-Smelchak.

Posted by: Maksim-Smelchak | Nov 16, 2006 6:26:25 PM

Wow. Mazel Tov, that's awesome!

Posted by: matlabfreak | Nov 16, 2006 6:39:24 PM

That is truly amazing. I am so happy for all of you. Kol Hakavod to your parents.

Posted by: Jersey Boy | Nov 16, 2006 7:05:42 PM

wonderful. it will be great for the kids to have their grandparents so close.
just wonderful.

Posted by: weese | Nov 16, 2006 7:15:35 PM

That's awesome! :)

Posted by: jg | Nov 16, 2006 8:39:29 PM

Truly excellent news, your kids must thrilled as well.
I never had to live very far from my parents and it's nice to have them close by ( although not too close sometimes I guess).

Posted by: Jewish Blogmeister | Nov 16, 2006 8:45:22 PM

Truly excellent news, your kids must thrilled as well.
I never had to live very far from my parents and it's nice to have them close by ( although not too close sometimes I guess).

Posted by: Jewish Blogmeister | Nov 16, 2006 8:46:17 PM

Mazal tov! Wonderful!

(As for letting the cat out of the bag -- what does Jordan have to say about that?) :-)

Posted by: Rahel | Nov 16, 2006 9:15:15 PM

What else can I say but Mozzil Tov? You are a lucky guy, and the kids, I'm sure, are ecstatic to have their grandparents near.

Posted by: Elisson | Nov 16, 2006 11:17:11 PM

mazal tov!!! how absolutely exciting...my mom made aliyah ten years ago and i still pinch myself that she is here...a sweet shabbat shalom to you all...enjoy

Posted by: marallyn | Nov 17, 2006 12:49:07 AM

Mazel Tov!! :)

Posted by: Ezzie | Nov 17, 2006 2:35:21 AM

Mazel Tov!

Posted by: psychotoddler | Nov 17, 2006 3:30:25 AM

Kol hakavod lahem!

Posted by: VKo | Nov 17, 2006 4:45:56 AM

I don't know what to say.

Posted by: Scott | Nov 17, 2006 4:50:31 AM

Smelling salts, please ....

You mean to tell me that there are actually parents out there who follow in their children's footsteps to make aliyah?

*faints*

Trep ... that earns you the biggest מזל טוב ever!

Rock on, you wild and crazy mishpacha.

Posted by: Erica | Nov 17, 2006 5:39:33 AM

How so exciting for everyone. Mazel tov on their new journey in life and to you and your family's fun adventures with them.

Posted by: jaime | Nov 17, 2006 6:01:03 AM

That IS wonderful news! My hearty congratulations, and best of luck! : )

Posted by: Irina | Nov 17, 2006 7:09:22 AM

Aw, mazel tov! I wonder who must be happier now - you & Zahava, your kids, or your parents. Congrats all around.

Posted by: Chantyshira | Nov 17, 2006 7:18:32 AM

mazal tov, hope my parents do the same soon.

Posted by: Max Power | Nov 17, 2006 1:10:06 PM

Wow, mazal tov and yishar koahh to them!

Posted by: Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) | Nov 17, 2006 1:34:19 PM

Mazal Tov!!!

Posted by: aliza | Nov 19, 2006 5:38:46 AM

David, I can't imagine more wonderful news for you!! I know many olim who dream of this happening - very happy that it is a reality for you. Enjoy them! Was it the summer visit from the kids that prodded them on?

Posted by: mcaryeh | Nov 28, 2006 6:42:31 AM

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