Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

An easy life

We were visiting a friend in Pardes Hanna yesterday, and talked about our tentative plans to one day move back to Israel.  He said, "Life in Israel is not easy."

It's true.  Cost of living is higher here in comparison with average salaries, security is always an issue, and our children would be subject to military service, with all that that entails.  Life here is not easy.

"But," said my husband, "there are things here which are very worthwhile, and which we want our children to have as part of their growing up."

The sense of belonging.  The sense of owning one's history. The sense of really being part of the extended Jewish family.  Even the connection to our own extended family here. All of these are worth taking extra risks and making the extra effort of a "not easy life".

Many other things in life are "not easy", but are so very worthwhile.

The "good life" is not necessarily the "easy life".

"Hard" is not "bad".

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