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ISRAEL IS A GO
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Our son left just a week ago today, he's in Israel starting a new life. It is hard to think of him so far away, the Moms are frantic most of the time, but really we're not against this move on any logical level. Yes we will get to visit, we have a passport and will save for a ticket, once there we can always stay with our sister or Aunt or any number of cousins or friends.

Right now tho he's waiting to hear if he's Jewish enough. Which has to do with crazy fundamentalistic Orthodox Rabbis getting their hands on acceptance of all conversions. You see I/we converted under a Conservative Rabbi before the sons were born and it might not be Jewish enough. It should be, but terrorism has turned religion into this mess of nitpicking. our son's should be Jews automatically with a Jewish mother. D has a letter from our Rabbi stating that he completed all the requirements to be a Jewish adult. Who knows. The waiting is just frustrating.

Meanwhile he's in the country he wants to be in stumbling thru the language as he learns to navigate the train and bus system. A close friend will pick him up this weekend to stay on his Kibbutz. Seems my friend and family have something BIG planned for D. My friend IH is a wonderful man, with 3 sons about D's age, he will be a great male influence and friend. I'm really grateful for his friendship and kindness.

October has been very long, filled with tension and excitement, way too many triggers. We are trying to stay focused outward, but chaos comes knocking pretty regular. Therapy feels like an industrial can opener on our container of worms.

Ravin

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Yeah it's this whole political crap unfortunately in the middle of his wanting to use his "Right of Return."

He loves it there, has since first time he went. If he doesn't get into IDF he'll be back in 6 months, if he goes into IDF as just noncitizen volunteer it'll be almost 2 years, if he makes Ayliah (R of R & becomes citizen) he plans to stay and not come back but to visit after Army for 3 years.

Sorry to hear you also had can of worms day, they suck. You've had a rough time with school and such lot to deal with and therapy opening old wounds. I'm "setting" with the feelings and memories, not something I'm used to doing.

Ravin

All the political crap around "are you Jewish enough" drives me bugfuck. My sister's children have a Jewish father. If the Orthodox have their way, neither my niece nor my nephew would be considered Jewish or allowed to emigrate to Israel. It pisses me off, because you know for fucking sure that if people are going to discriminate/hate/kill Jewish people, M and J are going to be included in that group.

We spent two weeks in Israel earlier this year, touring with a Conservative Synagogue group from MD. It was an incredible trip and I loved it. My sister and I have plans to go back and to bring the kids next time. I wish your son all the best of luck. Israel is a wonderful country.

That was me. Not sure how I got signed out of LJ. Sorry!

Yep for sure. My kid put up with being bullied around being Jewish his whole childhood, if they say not a Jew it will really be a slap in the face yet again!

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Thanks Gal!

I know you know! Only too well you know and it hurts in the soul. The world can be such a hot mess.

Ravin

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