TOUCHDOWN IN TEL AVIV

Coming on aliya is not always what you expect.

By BENITA LEVIN
July 11, 2017 11:59
3 minute read.
Aerial view of Tel Aviv

Aerial view of Tel Aviv. (photo credit: BENITA LEVIN)

 
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IT IS the start of a new chapter for my husband, 10-year old son and 9-year old daughter.

The El Al flight is mandatory for anyone making aliya – not only because the country pays for that one-way ticket to Ben-Gurion Airport, but, because from a sentimental point of view, flying in on the national carrier is part of the immigration experience. It’s a flight we’ve been lucky enough to make before as holidaymakers from South Africa over the years, but this time is different. We don’t have return tickets booked. We are arriving as olim hadashim – new immigrants. So many different emotions. It’s exciting, terrifying, surreal.

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