Looking back at our first year as ’olim hadashim’

'Aliya has taught me that you really don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.'

By BENITA LEVIN
January 24, 2018 16:31
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A man running with a wine bottle on his head during the Tiberias Marathon on January 5

A man running with a wine bottle on his head during the Tiberias Marathon on January 5, 2018. (photo credit: BENITA LEVIN)

As I write this article, my family of four is getting set to celebrate exactly one year as olim hadashim (new immigrants) in Israel. Clichéd as it sounds, the past 12 months have flown and the experiences have far exceeded any of our expectations. The words “If I’d known then what I know now” come up often when people ask about our first year as immigrants in a new country. Here are some of my top observations, after what many said would be a difficult and tumultuous year.


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