So you want to move to E”Y? The Kuzari teaches that people who have the ability to move to E”Y should move there. People who have the ability to go there must try.
This “Should I Make Aliyah Algorithm” can help you determine ability. It is based on King David’s words, “I am alone and poor.”
- If you are alone, but have money, you can make it. Money answers everything, and you’re going to have lots of questions, especially if you’ve got a bunch of kids you need to educate and support in aliyah. And especially if you have weak Hebrew skills. Or if you have health issues or your US based family does (elderly parents, biz class tickets). Money will give you the runway and staying power to adjust and give your family the constant attention it will need to be successful and healthy. Its not pashut to make aliyah, b’clal not pashut.
- If you are poor, but have really good family, you can make it. I mean a native or vatikin, Hebrew-fluent family that lives there and is willing to take you in and support your aliyah constantly and graciously, emotionally and materially. It has to be people who are not scrambling within their own aliyah, but solid, rooted people who know the Israeli system deeply and well. You must have a good and faithful navigator if you do not have money.
Without money or family, aliyah is very, very hard. And risky if you have any cracks in your core family relationships. If you have any marital stress or kids stress, you must remember that E’Y is pressurized. You will get stretched over there. Ideals and reals collide powerfully. You get stretched.
The land is only acquired through suffering.
And its a deep, uncertain galus everywhere.