The name of this blog comes from the Book of Numbers, 11:5, in which the People of Israel, being led to the promised Land of Israel, complain:

זָכַרְנוּ אֶת-הַדָּגָה, אֲשֶׁר-נֹאכַל בְּמִצְרַיִם, חִנָּם; אֵת הַקִּשֻּׁאִים, וְאֵת הָאֲבַטִּחִים, וְאֶת-הֶחָצִיר וְאֶת-הַבְּצָלִים, וְאֶת-הַשּׁוּמִים.

“We remember the fish, which we used to eat in Egypt at no cost; and the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic.”

Over three thousand years have passed since then, but some things have not changed. I have frequently seen Olim complain about their situation, particularly financial, in a destructive and overly negative fashion. “We remember the ziploc bags that were so cheap, and blueberries, and limes, and dunkin’ donuts,” they whine, and far, far more.

The purpose of this blog is to enable me to share a few thoughts on why life in Israel isn’t as hard as some make out, to discern what the stress points are in order to help future Olim prepare, and to discuss ways that Olim can constructively improve the situation for themselves and for others. My philosophy loosely follows Mr Money Mustache, and I’m a big believer in the power of consumers to effect change, the ineptitude of government and the importance of knowledge and self-education. I love living in Israel and wish for others who choose to live here to face as few obstacles as possible to doing so.