S: The Shur Family Journey PreAliyah
BC: The End | Entire Presby Mishpacha
FC: We miss you already! Love, Bobby, Dad, Mom, Dovid, Melissa, Nomi, Noam, Ora and Maayan | Dear Aviva, Rob, Tzachi and Shira...
1: I will miss you all and especially your perfect children.
2: Pictures tell much of the story of our love for you. With mixed feelings, I am excited to see you leaving for Ir Hakodseh. Continuous love, Dad
4: The talk, Israeli passports, new appliances, new Gan New hi-risers, final Heights kiddush, new pots and new pan(s) Lift packers coming, soon you’ll be walking down that El Al aisle But I still cannot help it, I’m still in denial Aviva, coming back from MMY there was talk of Aliyah But of course that was always in the future, just an idea Busy with marriage and a new apartment, you and Rob were more concerned with Ikea And then with Tzachi and Shira the priority was the pizzeria We sent you to schools that taught you to love Eretz Yisroel So how could we be surprised when that is the place you want to dwell We wipe off our tears and put on a smile But I’m telling you now, I’m still in denial I’m receiving lots of advice from friends who have done this before Getting my Skype all ready as we head for the door All we can do is encourage you and give our support And plan using your new home as our holiday resort Love Always, Mom
6: It's been so amazing to see the Shur family grow over the last few years. I am really going to miss having you guys living so close but we will make sure visit and skype as much as possible! Don't let the kids grow up too fast! I love you guys so much! | I
9: Words can't describe the love and memories we've built and shared over the years, but the happiness and joy expressed in these pictures say it all. Can't wait to see you in Israel. All my love!!
10: Top Ten Signs You are on a Nefesh B' Nefesh Aliyah Flight/ Bangitout 10. Absolutely no one on the flight has slept the night before 9. No one finds it odd that the official airport Farewell ceremony concludes with dispensing of chocolate birthday cake | 8. There are so many tear-filled goodbyes at the gate that airport security is giving out tissues 7. Getting on the plane feels more like you’re going on a wild teen tour than moving to Israel 6. First time in history: Full-blown cheering occurs upon lift off and landing...and at any other opportunity for spontaneous cheer (“Fasten Your Seatbelts ” Woohooo! ) | 5. The person seated next to you will likely be one of the following: A. the best friend you’ll ever have for the rest of your new life in Israel B. Your future spouse C. The hot-undercover-Israeli security guard (reminding you why you’re making Aliyah in the first place) D. Some dude named Dudi Stark E. All of the above 4. Random NBN staffers walk around with futuristic flat screen computer tablets taking care of all the annoying paperwork/passport nonsense – making you wonder why the heck don’t they do this on every Israel flight? | 3. You don’t care if it’s a total cliché, the minute you walk off that plane you’re making-out with that tarmac 2. The mass pandemonium at the airport with hundreds of Israelis waving flags, dancing, singing, makes you forget the fact that you are completely jetlagged out of your mind 1. You’re only regret: You can’t do this all again
11: Dear Aviva and Rob, Bereishit 12:1-2- Seemingly in the middle of a larger story, God appears to Avraham, a character who we have barely met till this moment, and instructs him to leave behind all that was ever known to him- his childhood, his homeland, his family- and follow Him to an unknown land. Strangely, there is no explanation provided for Avraham's chosenness. The midrashim on this section fill in the details to Avraham's life story in order to form a characterization of someone who proved himself- both philosophically and spiritually- as deserving this status. Yet other commentators focus on the pshat, such as the Kuzari who relates that Avraham was not chosen due to a righteous past, but for his spiritual potential. In the same pshat camp, the Maharal writes that no reason is given for Avraham's chosenness because he does not only represent himself, but the future generations of the Jewish nation. Any justification for God's selection of Avraham for this journey would imply that the nation's relationship with God is predicated on this condition, as opposed to being more complex and inclusive. This explanation highlights the universality of Avraham's experience. Avraham's "aliyah" represents the struggles many confront in modern day aliyah- family vs. broader goals, personal vs. national. While on a personal level I wish you guys were staying here, I am happy for you that you are fulfilling your dreams. Like Avraham, although your journey may meet some bumps along the road, I hope that it leads to your bracha- an amazing future for you and your family. Love, Nomi
13: Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Israel 10. Make sure to put the shopping cart in the line before you go shopping. 9. Yelling is a form of affection. 8. Don't let Tzachi tremp before he's 12. | 7. Don't let Shira tremp before she's 5. 6. You're still allowed to eat breakfast and dinner, even if no one else does. 5. Don't try the fake Israeli accent, it never works. 4. All prices are negotiable. | 3. 3. When your kids start speaking hebrew, be proud. 2. When you get your citizenship be proud. 1. Remember that we are all proud of you. Love, Noam
15: ARRIVE IN ISRAEL! | Wow I can’t believe you are finally going. Even though I will miss you all so much, I admire that you are fulfilling the ideal dream. Save a bed for me because I will be coming to visit whenever I can! Love You! | ARRIVE IN ISRAEL! | Wow I can’t believe you are finally going. Even though I will miss you all so much, I admire that you are fulfilling the ideal dream. Save a bed for me because I will be coming to visit whenever I can! Love You!
17: Dear Tzachi and Shira, What am I going to do without you on Sundays? Every time we hang out, we have so much fun! From swimming, to sleepover parties to jumping on the trampoline, we have so many fun memories! I can't wait to run around with you in Israel! Love, Maayan
19: b'hatzl acha!