Michael, USA

May 20, 2012

Shalom Hamutal,

I am a semi-retired teacher of art. I am Jewish on my father’s side and therefore cannot make aliyah.. I LOVE Israel and her people and long to live there one day. I am praying always for the shalom of Yerushalyim! Like you I love the arts, especially clay. I have worked wit hot glass as well. when i do not have access to clay i do watercolors. As most artists, i love to cook;)

You say it is difficult to live in Israel.. what day to day things make it so for you? I taught in a war zone before, Afghanistan and it was very stressful, especially on market days when from behind the veils, you would be poked with knives and surrounded by people swearing at you, but quietly.

I would love to see some of your artwork too! Are you still in reserves?

Michael

Shalom Michael,

First of all, as far as I know, if your father is a Jew (if his mother was a Jew), then you’re still qualified for making aliyah. To my knowledge, the Israeli law recognizes a Jew for the purpose of making Aliyah by going as far as two generations back. The logic behind this is following Hitler’s qualifications.

The hardest thing about living in Israel is the stress. Israelis are generally very stressed-this is the outcome of our safety and security issues, as well as the expensiveness of life here. You feel it all the time around you in the way people respond to each other, as well as on the roads.

Another thing which makes life here difficult is the constant threats for our lives. Although these past few years had been quiet on the suicide bombers front, as someone who grew up during that time, I’m always aware of it. This comes out in avoiding crowded places, being aware of misplaced bags, being aware of dangerous looking people, etc.. I’m happy to say that walking around Israel, being poked with a knife was never an issue (there were times of stabbing, but that passed too).

I feel it’s important to say, however, that with all the stress, Israelis in general are warm and very eager to help, and that’s what makes me live here (well, besides the beautiful landscapes).

I was never in the reserves, because the army has no need for reserve teachers.

If by any chance you’re in Israel at the end of July, you’re more than welcome to my class’s graduation exhibit at Bezalel.

All the best,

Hamutal.

 

Shalom Hamutal,

maybe you can help me with this; I would love to live and work in Israel. How do I go about looking for work as a teacher of art or English in Israel? Every site I have looked at for jobs in teaching has been very unhelpful. I would like to support Israel by living and working there.. I also have training in first asid thru Red Cross and, AND am a dead shot with an M-16 !! No kidding! Even the gov’t web site was of no help. todah for any assistance.

What is your ‘feel’ for whether or not Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear sites? I KNOW Netanyahu should NOT trust Obama at all…

Michael

Shalom Michael,

I think your best bet would be to contact the Jewish Agency in your area. Your local Israeli consulate might also be of some help. Most of the Websites I know are in Hebrew, so I don’t know how helpful they are to you. Also, I don’t know if you need an Israeli teaching certificate in order to teach here.

I think that part of our government wants the fame of bombing Iran and hopefully ending the global threat, but whether or not they’ll choose to do it- I really don’t know.

I hope I’ve been of some help…

All the best,

Hamutal.

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