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A Year of Miracles, Part II

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As I celebrate my one-year Aliyah anniversary, I look back on this amazing whirlwind of a year.

For the Jewish people, this week is a celebration of miracles.

I suppose it’s fitting, then, that as I celebrate my one-year Aliyah anniversary, that I’m celebrating a certain miracle of my own.

I arrived in Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh almost exactly a year ago. Despite the uncertainty that surrounded my Aliyah given Israel’s ever-fluctuating Covid regulations, I knew making Aliyah during Chanukkah was right for me.

I have visited Israel for the last few years, during the festival of lights. This time of year has always been an auspicious time for me. Seeing menorahs lit from every window and town square, lighting up every corner of the city, and watching Jerusalem glow has always created a sense of optimism and opportunity. That is exactly how I wanted to mark my official start as a citizen of Israel.

Life, of course, has surprises of its own because a few weeks after my Aliyah, I met my fiancé on Shabbat........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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