How is it that I lived in Russia and now live in Israel? I see questions from viewers: “Are you Jewish?”, “Why Israel?”, “When are you coming back to Russia?” – and this prompted me to write this post to explain what I am doing in Israel and how I got here. To begin with, I am not a religious person, at all. So there is no background of pilgrimage or anything like that. I came as a repatriate according to the “Law of Return,” which was passed in Israel in 1950.
According to this law, Jews, their children and grandchildren are given the right to come to Israel and become citizens. That is, if your mother, grandmother or great-grandmother were Jewish and you can prove it with documents, then upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel you are issued a second citizenship. Then you can get benefits, learn the language, etc. And although I learned about repatriation about 5 years ago, I began to think actively and collect documents after the covid pandemic, and I sent the questionnaire to the embassy only last year.
That’s how I came to Israel as a repatriate. And now I’ve been living here for 9 months, traveled all over the country, changed dozens of housing types, cities, and kibbutz. I wanted to see Israel as a whole, to see where I would like to stay. And here comes the moment to answer the question, “When will I return to Moscow?” I don’t have clear long-term plans in my life – there is more of a situational decision-making and some dreaming.
So now I do not know when I will return to Russia, because I want to wait for a calmer geopolitical situation. I also don’t know where I will be in six months or a year, because the world is big and there are so many interesting and unexplored things in it. My remote activity as a blogger makes it easy to change locations depending on finances, moods, projects, etc. Although I absolutely love it in Israel, I am quite open to new adventures.
I am a new age person – a remote worker, doing blogs online. And it opens an amazing freedom of movement, it allowed me to travel around Israel, move every week from city to city, live in the most unusual places, get to know the country and get a tremendous life experience. On the one hand I am inspired by the movement and the opportunity to live hundreds of different lives in apartments and houses of real people. On the other hand, I want to have my own home, where I can hang my paintings on the walls.
I wonder what life has in store for me myself!
Imagine being a remote worker – where do you want to end up and why?