Step-by-Step: Making Aliyah to Israel

Documenting the very personal process of making Aliyah (immigration to Israel) by one very atypical Israeli-American girl. Aliyah on 17, August, 2005. Roadmap: What do you mean there's no roadmap?! Hang on, we're in for a bumpy ride! Ole!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I am not going to mention the kitty in this post other than to mention that I am not mentioning the kitty. Over the past couple weeks my blog has turned into episodes of "Kitty Hospital" and while it is a big part of the soap opera that is my life, enough already, unless something really good or really bad alters in her health.

I am very excited that I will soon be meeting a cool Iranian ex-pat, who also happens to be the man who single-handedly launched the Persian blogosphere, making it possible for people to blog in Farsi and, through their blogs, to by-pass the Iranian government's restrictions on information access and sharing and the free expression of ideas and opinion. Hoder is an activist for peace, for democracy, and against censorship. He is really an amazing person and an example of how just one person can help to make some major changes for the better in this world. He will be making his first trip to Israel and is doing so at personal sacrifice: he will most likely be barred from returning to Iran, at least while the present government remains in power, as a result of his trip here. Nu, go check out his site.

A post that will be coming in the near future (when I get more than 5 minutes to slap something up here) will include one (or two, or three, something like that)on why I made Aliyah and what it means to me. I had started writing this up, basically, how did I get to this spot, nearly a year ago but only put up part 1. I got stuck somehow and never got back around to finishing out that narrative. Lots of people keep asking me, and many seem confused about how one can be secular and be a zionist (hint: the zionist movement was historically a mostly secular one and a socialist-influenced secular one at that), and so I think it is time to try to put into words the what, how and why.
My email wasn't working on the page but now should be (silly me mispelled my own name in the email addy). Now I'm off to break my head on some hebrew homework.

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