Aliyah--moving to Israel (literally "ascent")--is something I did in 1984, coming here from the U.S., and it's been a hugely fulfilling experience. Isi Leibler, after a career as an activist for world Jewry, made aliyah much later in life than I did. In this (as usual) outstanding piece he states ringingly why he now sees his aliyah--despite the difficulties--as the overwhelmingly right decision. Leibler is especially acute here on the things that distinguish Jewish life in Israel from Jewish life anywhere else.
Last year at this time I also published a tribute to living in this remarkable country.