A few weeks ago I put out a call for posts on why people decided to make aliyah. I half expected a lot of the same stuff, and was surprised to see that, although there is some overlap in reasons why people make aliyah, each person's story really is unique.
Some decisions were a natural part of a process, like Batya's. In contrast, Rafi writes that his coming to Israel was almost coincidental (although we all know that there really are no coincidences).
Stillruleall describes how he made his decision because of the terrorist attacks he witnessed, and not despite them. Check out his story.
Bec describes her emotional attachment to Israel "you've never felt as at home anywhere as you do at that moment", but Moze explains the practical reasons, and even divides them into categories!
Sometimes it is the little things that make a difference. Snoopythegoon tells about how a simple melody made a huge impact on him, and Treppenwitz writes about how wonderful it is that his company acknowledges family milestones.
Emahs does the typical Jewish thing and answers a question with a question when she asks "why NOT make aliyah"? Abbagav does the atypical and says "it's a great place to visit AND I want to live there".
Purpleparrot explains how her path to Israel took some twists and turns, and that she almost became a settler, (we have to do something about that math requirement...) and I describe my turning point during the war in Lebanon, which down the road led me to become what she didn't.
And, of course, there is Jameel's story , including a very funny demonstration on how NOT to open a milk bag.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. Happy cheesecake everybody!
Update: While I was making my lasagna it seems that Jerusalemcop posted his two shekels - so don't forget to read his also...