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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Some Unsolicited Thoughts from an Olah Vatikah on Her First Day as a non-Olah Chadasha/10 Signs Your Klita is Going Well

[A Guest Post by Zahava]

Welcome new olim!

It is with a profound and combined sense of gratitude, pride, surprise, and joy that I spent some time this morning thumbing through the pix of today’s new olim over at the Nefesh B’Nefesh FB page. In many ways it feels like just yesterday that my family and I stood in your shoes –- feeling simultaneously exhilarated and shocked by our new reality. It was, to put it mildly, quite an emotional experience.

I well remember the charge of excitement mingled with more than a touch of nervousness. What had I done? I had thought I was prepared before we left, but upon landing –- despite the warm and sincere welcome -– I was suddenly unsure that “sane” was an appropriate description of my mental status….

10 years later, I am still exhilarated and shocked -- exhilarated because I still truly believe that living here is the best choice for me and my family,  and remain somewhat in awe that we get to “live the dream”  -- and shocked because it simply doesn’t seem possible that 10 years have already flown by!

But, 10 years have elapsed since that incredible day that we alit from our charter NBN flight and became Israeli citizens. When I take an honest look at the many memories that have been collected over the past 10 years, I realize how much we have all grown.

In no particular order, and by no means a complete list, here are 10 signs that my family and I have successfully made the transition from completely American to Anglo-Israeli: 

10. Ability to hear the breaks between the words when listening to Adi Ashkenazi! (She is hilarious, btw!)

9.   Successful anticipation/prediction of the contents of a can of tomato product BEFORE opening it and without consulting a dictionary –- and it is CORRECT! (Let’s just say we had a lot of “tomato-surprise” dinners!)

8.   Gratitude to the point of giddiness when it rains – even when you are freezing your tush off!

7.   Solid white albacore seems dry.

6.   Ability to UNDERSTAND Adi Ashkenazi! (What can I say, she is really funny – and so are Asi and Guri)!

5.   The automatic answer to any question involving directions is “yashar, yashar v’aaz tishol!” (Straight, straight, and then ask!)

4.   The ability to refrain from throttling someone whose answer to you is either “y’hiyeh b’seder” (it’ll be okay) or “aval lo kara klum!” (but nothing happened).

3.   A tourist, even after hearing you speak in Hebrew, asks if you speak any English.

2.   Your idea of “special occasion” clothing for your youngest son is a white shirt, blue shorts and sandalim – and you are genuinely shocked that your family in the States expected him to be in a suit.

1.   Your kids celebrate that day which signifies them having lived more than half their lives in Israel!

Welcome home “NBN Olim Class of July 23, 2013!” The entire Treppenwitz (NBN Olim Class of July 23, 2003) family wishes you a successful and soft klita!

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Love this list, Zahava! Although, now I have to go Google Adi Ashkenazi. I have only been 5 years :)

Also, this: "Your idea of “special occasion” clothing for your youngest son is a white shirt, blue shorts and sandalim..." Morey looks forward to events with our Charedi cousins, so he has an excuse to wear a suit!

Posted by: Alissa | Jul 23, 2013 3:50:18 PM

Wonderful, Goddess! We've a few years to go before we can add our list... and today was the first day of the rest of their lives as Israelis of our mechutanim, your new neighbors. Life is good. :-)

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Jul 23, 2013 9:32:11 PM

Number four. Oh, number four. To give them credit, though, things generally *do* work out OK.

Posted by: Joe in Australia | Jul 24, 2013 6:51:07 AM

Mazal tov! As an NBN Olah here for a year and a half, I hope I can merit to last here that long...

Posted by: asb | Jul 28, 2013 6:52:05 AM

number 1: passed that one back in 1996. next year I will have been in Israel twice as long as elsewhere (if my math is correct).

Posted by: esther | Jul 29, 2013 10:14:05 PM

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