OMGGGGG did you hear the news??
I'm moving back to Miami!
I know. You be like, "Say whaaaaa'???"
Mrs. Aliyah Authority? Mrs. I Heart Israel? The reigning Zumba Queen of the Middle East?
How could such a thing be?
Well. I can assure you it wasn't an easy decision. I looked at this decision from every perspective I could, and finally I decided that being in Miami at this stage of life would be the best move for us.
But, but, but how could it be? Isn't Israel the best place for every Jew? Aren't we all supposed to strive to live there?
My dear, sweet children.
These are all fantastic questions. Yes, Israel is the best place for every Jew. But it doesn't mean that every Jew is ready to live there.
The fantasy of living in Israel is very different from the reality of living there. Israel really is earned through tribulations. It's absolutely true and to be expected.
There was one issue that I was no longer willing to suffer with.
That issue was the fact that David works American hours. Which means he is rarely home during the evenings. Which means he barely sees me or the kids. Which means we are all missing out on being together as a family.
In Israel, there are no Sundays to spend together. Shabbat is mostly a combination of eating and sleeping. Holidays are pretty much the same, and basically the only time we were able to logistically do anything together was on Chol HaMoed, and I ain't getting in no car with no five kids and driving hours and hours in crazy traffic. No, thanks.
I realized that my living situation wasn't going to change. I also realized that my kids needed a father. They needed a normal family life where he would come home in the evening and spend time with them. They needed more than just a stressed-out mother screaming at them to do their homework and get in the shower.
They also needed a support system, their grandparents and cousins, and a full life that they just weren't getting here.
Oh, yeah, and I needed a husband.
He needed to be able to communicate with people using actual words and not just through charades.
So I decided that although I love living in Israel, at this stage of life it's not the best thing for any of us.
Some of you may say it's a huge mistake to leave Israel. That's fine. You're entitled to your opinion.
I have to tell you that emuna is literally the lifesaving and driving force in my life. Without it, I would be a disaster of second-guessing, self-doubt, self-persecution, and loaded with anxiety.
Instead, I am ready to face this new stage of my life. I am excited to see what the future holds.
Emuna has given me strength, confidence, and a secure feeling knowing that Hashem is here, lovingly guiding me through this unpredictable journey called life.
Are you facing life situations that you really want to change, but for a number of reasons you feel like you just can't?
This week's article, called Don't Be Afraid, is one of the most life-changing articles I have written so far. I hope that it helps give you the perspective, confidence, and strength you need in order to improve any area of your life that you're able to.
I hope that you use the gift of emuna to live your life to the fullest, and to see that everything, absolutely everything, is a blessing and an opportunity to grow.
Here's to the future!