Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Reason #4734 for making aliyah

I find it interesting that whenever there’s a discussion (online or otherwise) about the tuition crisis facing American Jewry, some American oleh will inevitably chime in that everyone should make aliyah to get away from those crazy tuitions.

Now, it’s true that tuition here in Israel is a mere fraction of what it costs in the States. After all, we’re talking 10-12% of American prices for high school and about 5% for elementary school. (Feel free to correct me in the comment section if my numbers are way off.)

But I don’t know of anyone who made aliyah just to get away from excessive tuition. There has to be another reason.

Aliyah shouldn’t be about running away from something. One should move to Israel, because one is going towards something. Because one feels that this is the place to be. Because one believes that this is the Promised Land. Because one loves Eretz Yisrael. Because one enjoys the Israeli lifestyle. Because this is our country. Etc.

And so, if you haven’t yet found the reason that works for you, here’s something that just may convince you:

Two words -



Need I say more?



  1. That really depends on where you live. In good old RBS we have carpools. Im sure we can come up with another reason.....YCT would say kosher cafeteria at work.


  2. RCT -
    Must... Resist... Urge... To... Make... Wisecrack... About... RBS... Being... So... Close... To... Israel....

    And, yeah, kosher cafeterias at work are VERY cool!

  3. RBS has found American solutions to problems. When we lived in Jm, the kids studied in the neighborhood, which was chosen for the school. In Shiloh, either they walked to the school or there was a "school bus." Now there are more cars, and some kids are driven, but the distance is less than our kids walked, even from the age of 3. It's healthy to walk.

  4. Batya - Shavua tov! When the kids can walk to school by themselves, it's a win-win situation: they get exercise, and the parents don't have to drive carpool.

  5. Wait a minute.

    I DRIVE CARPOOL!!! (Twice a week)...

    Kosher Cafeterias at work? How about 2 kosher cafeterias? One chalavi, one bisari?

    Or how about -- vacation on election day!


  6. Jameel - Hmm. I guess there goes my carpool theory... :-)

    But vacation on election day - now you're talking! In fact, I'm working on a post about this right now.

    Have a great week.


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