Sunday, August 9, 2015

Moving to Israel

So this post is for everyone who wants to know why I'm going to Israel and for how long. I get asked this question a lot. I'm moving to Israel because I love Israel, and feel I must be there. I'm going because many experiences in my life have prepared me: teaching Dr. King's writing about nonviolence, living in diverse places (most of them slums), and making peace in my own heart despite intense provocation. I'm going because I'm a descendent of Holocaust survivors and refugees. I'm going because a romance ended and I need to heal. I'm going because I've always had past-life memories, and a feeling of connection to the Divine, and my soul has lived in Israel before, so I'm going home.

I love America and I feel at home here, too. Most of my decision has been made in my unconscious... on a level that doesn't crunch numbers and analyze facts. Do I hope I can find a place to live? make a home in a country composed largely of desert? A place that is routinely attacked, and about which much grotesque and untrue propaganda is written? Yes. Do I have an Israeli address? No. Do I even have my bags packed? No. Do I even know exactly what I'll be bringing? Not yet, though I'm leaving VERY soon. I'm selling and/or giving away almost everything I own, and will try to store and/or ship a small amount more, but my focus has gone into finishing the best draft of my novel and sending it to the brilliant poet who also happens to be my literary agent. The novel finally feels "right" on an earthly level, and this novel has always felt right to me on other levels. The journey feels "right" on other levels, too.

Another way to put this is to say that I'm going to Israel because I love poetry and I love love. Poetry and love are the only things that really make sense to me. Feel free to share this post if you want, because every sensible person on earth is probably wondering why Israelis live in Israel. To be perfectly honest, how much of our lives can we plan, even when we try? Here's how the poet Roethke explained what this feeling was like for him.

The Waking
by Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps my steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

I learn by going where I have to go.

From Facebook
Jennifer Poulin James Fantastic. Inspired. So cool. Just keep us in the know. We are your adoring fan base!
Michelle Cubbison Colwell I'm so very excited for you!
Martha Llamas Love you hope you find watts the best for you
Rena Bunder Rossner So honored to be working with you.
P.j. Delia Campbell Wishing you all the best on your healing journey!
Chaya Rosen Chills, pride, love...from this comment.
Julia Svea Lovely. Zack is leaving for his Birthright trip to Israel tomorrow.
Susan Zimmerman wishing you all the best
Esti Litwar-Sheehy Best of all to you.
Minh Dang much love to you!
Andy Rosen Gd bless you!
Rivki Cohen U do have an address in Israel tongue emoticon
Sarita Elman Go with blessings and love and a contented heart.
Julie Justin Lovely, lovely Sari Friedman. Thank you for putting all of this out there. Do what is right, your heart understands that. Amen on the unconscious decisions that make us rather than we making them. Sending you love, blessings, joy, and so much exciting connection for this new journey that is actually an old journey you've been on for a long time. So excited to hear about the next steps!
Katherine J. Harine So fantastic, A-Sariheart emoticon
Jonathon Lipsin everything will be good and things will unfold as they shall
Audrey Sumrey Welcome Home !!!!!
Ellie Libitzky Caruso Sari: Are you going to make aliyah? You get many benefits that way and help as a new immigrant finding a place to live, subsidies, etc. If you haven't contacted N'fesh, B'nefesh, do so. You can fly for free on an aliyah flight as well. As you know, my ...See More
Bruce K Main Wonderful and lucid thoughts, and well written. Have a wonderful time and travel safely, be well
Terri Rose All my love and best wishes to you, Sari!
Wendell H Davis "Follow your heart" sounds cliche but do it anyway.
Nir Hezroni Good luck! I think that once you are here you can define Israel in the words of Douglas Adams: "Mostly Harmless."
Jennifer Rachel Schrutt Your words ring true. We made Aliyah almost a month ago, and I can relate to a lot of what you said. You ARE coming home. B'hatslacha and please reach out if you need anything. Join the Aliyah 2015 page too
Zella Hayman Follow your dreams, Sari!
Penny Perlman Drapkin God Bless you and may you find peace and comfort in your new (old) home.
Sunny Hester May God continue to bless and keep you, and make His light to continually shine upon you. How wonderfully AWESOME that you are going "home"!!! May you find everything you seek upon your arrival, at the appointed time. Thank you for the privilege of your friendship, it's an honor to know you!!! God bless you Sari Friedman. Take care πŸŒΉπŸ’•
Michael Huntley Peace and happiness always.
Madison Taylor I returned to read this again. I find your words and the poem inspiring. God speed Sari. Please continue to provide updates and insight.
Susan Krul Caren Safe journey. All the best on this new chapter of your life.
By the way, my boyfriend's mother made Aliyah at age 85 just two years ago.

Sonia Blue So happy and proud and thrilled for and of you. Love and poetry...there are no better reasons to go. Keep in touch and we'll meet up again...thereπŸ’•
Lynne Tania Wener Very happy for you. Wonderful country, our children and grand-children made aliya a year ago and they are extremely happy there. All the very best.
Carol-Jeanette Jorgensen blessings and peace to you always
Joey Eisen A gezunt oif dayn kop! A blessing on your head. You have my admiration and respect. I wish you great things.
Daniella Segal Israel welcomes you (back) smile emoticon
Julie Gedeon Happy, safe travels/living!
Jack Wathey Best wishes for this new chapter in your life.
Tabitha Hall Good luck. And have fun.
Charles Ayres No need to explain to me why you are going, and I hope you find everything you're hoping to! Israel sounds fascinating.
Isa Rosekrans May things work out as you hoped and wanted
Deborah Birman Shlider If you have time I'll take you here-Bethesda Pools 100CE Jerusalem
Rebecca Daniela Kranzeder πŸ’™πŸ”―πŸ’™πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ
Sandra Tyler I do believe life shows you the way. As it seems to be doing with you. You will heal as a chapter closes and a new one opens. But do stay in close touch on FB!
Nurit Baron Good luck Sari! Wishing you a safe journey.
David Malchman Sari. I sense the intense commitment to this place and this spirit. Good for you to be on the move. I look forward to you sharing your experiences with us, as they are poetic themselves
David B. Coutcher Home is where the heart is they say and it sounds like your heart is in eretz Israel. Enjoy!
Abby Brunka Luck love and blessings to you Sari. Going home, what a spiritual and blessed ring that has to it
Don Tynan There is no such place as far away. DS
Sylvia Goldstein-Band Lots of good luck to you ❤️
Lana Staroselsky Good luck Sari! Our love and best wishes to you! Safe journey!
Vicki Garcia Sari--i feel like we were only in each other's lives for a moment--but you made such an impact. I'll miss you and look forward to hearing about your new life! Take good care, stay as open as you are, and hope you will find meaning and peace.
Deborah Birman Shlider Brilliant post Sari
Jennifer Morgenstern Wow just read this! Looked on your wall and saw you are making Aliyah !!!! Welcome my friend ! I did what your doing and for many of the same intuitions and reasons you gave here ! 23 years ago!!! I will share this post and hope to meet you! I would lo...See More
Rhonda Naidich I wish you the best in your journey. How exciting to partake in the adventure of life. 
UnlikeReply1August 18, 2015 at 10:54pm

My brilliant client/author Sari Friedman is making Aliyah next week. I'm not going to say more than: read this post, because she says it all. About Israel. About poetry. About life. And keep your eyes out for news about her book, because it's amazing and I can't wait to share it with the world.
Sari Friedman
So this post is for everyone who wants to know why I'm going to Israel and for how long. I get asked this question a lot. I'm moving to Israel because I love Is...
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  1. You'll be missed, darlin'. Have a safe trip.

  2. Shalom and blessings of the Creator to you. May your spirit find what it is searching for. Peace and safe journeys.

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