Excerpt from Conversation 1:
Mr. Shidduchim: Good bye! Have fun! Love you! Send my best to the relatives! And if you come back engaged I won’t be too upset.
Bad4 Shidduchim: Don’t hold your breath, please. I love you too.
My Luggage Contents:
“When you pack for England, you pack things for yourself for when you’re in England. When you pack for Israel, you pack stuff for everyone in the entire country of Israel.”
Contents of Large Suitcase #1 ( 100%)
- For kinfauna (entertainment – 35%)
- For kinfauna (clothes – 60.5%)
- For me (3.5 oz deodorant – 0.5%)
- For Also4 (electronics – 4%)
Contents of Large Suitcase #2 (100%)
- For kinfauna (30%)
- For Best4 (10%)
- For assorted relatives, friends, neighbors, and random strangers who heard I was going to Israel (60%)
- For me (0.0%)
Contents of Carry-on Suitcase (100%)
- For me (95%)
- For kinfauna (5%)
Personal Item (Knapsack – 100%)
- For me (100%)
Excerpt from Conversation 2:
Passport Control Guy: Why are you coming to Israel?
Me: To visit my kinfauna. And friends. And brother and sister-in-law.
PCG: They live here?
PCG: They made aliya?
PCG: Why haven’t you made aliya yet?
Excerpts from Many Conversations:
Friend 1: You can wear a tichel to work in Israel.
Friend 2: If you make aliyah, they pay for your education.
Friend 3: You don’t have to waste your vacation days on chagim over here.
Relative 1: Why would you want to live anywhere else?
Relative 2: I bet we could find you a job if you came here.
Excerpt from Conversation 3:
Truck Driver: Why are you here?
Me: Visiting my brother.
Truck Driver: He moved here?
Truck Driver: He moved from the United States to Israel? Why?