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Reflection – 12 years in Israel

14 Jul

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12 years ago I boarded a Nefesh B’Nefesh plane to move across the world and make Israel my home.

Here are some of my thoughts from the past 12 years:

  1. It was the best decision I ever made – and I knew it the day I moved here and feel the same way 12 years later.
  2. My local political views have changed *drastically* over the years. I went from the far right all the way to the center/left. Life and experiences change you. Living here changes you.
  3. Moving here has not changed my core values. However, I do see many more shades of color instead of black/white/grey.
  4. I still cannot express myself in Hebrew with the same comfort and ease as I do in English. I don’t think this will ever change and I have come to accept it.
  5. I met some incredible people who I am honored to call my friends. Some are olim like me, others are native Israelis. Some stayed, some left and wherever we are, the bond is forever.
  6. I stopped being an American consumer. I took a few years – and I am so much happier this way. Yes, I miss the crazy sales in the US but I also appreciate what I have and what I can afford.
  7. You can be fiscally responsible living in Israel – as long as you learn to live within your means and redefine “needs” vs “wants”.
  8. Socialized medicine has been a godsend.
  9. I now wish we could separate Church and State.
  10. My food consumption has drastically changed.  I no longer eat a big dinner but rather a modest lunch. I buy my vegetables and fruits from local farmers, on their farms. Nothing I eat has corn in it.
  11. My career took a serendipitous turn shortly after I arrived and I never looked back. But boy am I thankful that I was given a chance. Thank you Sheri.
  12. Most importantly, I met and married the man of my dreams.

To the next 12 years and beyond.

So Whats Been Going On With Me

15 Jul

Well first off, I got married. Yeah, you read that correctly. I got married. MARRIED.

You know, it doesn’t feel weird to say it at all.  Nor does it feel weird to call Eitan my husband. Well, seeing it in writing actually makes my heart jump. Eitan is *my* husband. I am the luckiest girl  in the world IMHO

We are Mr and Mrs Burcat. Well, unofficially right now. You see, my little (I should really start to refer to her as my younger sister since she is 26 years old) sister got engaged the day after our wedding and is getting married mid October please Gd. Since we are traveling to the States and I need my American passport, I am not changing my last name until we return from our honeymoon and the wedding. So as of right now I am Berger-Burcat which kinda has a nice ring to it. We joked about changing both our names to Berger Burcat because it just rolls off the tongue nicely but I think I’m going to stick with just changing mine.

Oh and July 14 marked my 8 years of making Israel my home. I think after this year I am going to stop – as we are currently building a Bayit Ne’eman B’Yisrael. No more looking to the past but rather, going to keep my eyes on the future while holding my husband’s hand.

To see our wedding pictures  click here

Seven Years and counting

13 Jul

Seven years ago today I boarded an El-Al plane and moved across the globe.

I cannot believe so much time has elapsed, how much I have changed and how happy I am in Israel.

It was the best decision of my life.