[Book Review] Because It’s Israel: An Aliyah Odyssey by Arthur Miller

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By Arthur Miller

After thirty-five years of making annual trips to Eretz Israel, Arthur and his wife Ronnie, finally realize their life-long dream of making aliyah. Because It’s Israel is Miller’s first-hand account of their experience of adjusting to life in their new home. From purchasing real estate and a car to banking, to the post office, health care, and beyond.

Miller’s story gives a very practical account to the process of making aliyah. He draws interesting contrasts to life in the United States as it compares to life in Israel. Many of his stories are delightfully humorous while not ignoring the downsides to being half way around the world from loved ones left back in the US. Anyone who has made aliyah will likely relate well to Miller’s experiences.

This book should be on the reading list of anyone considering making aliyah as part of their exploration of the process. It is an enjoyable and quick read. I would like to thank Stuart Schnee PR for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More About the Author

Arthur Miller grew up in New York’s Lower East Side and attended the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School. He graduated from City College of New York and Brooklyn Law School and has an MA in Law from NYU. After getting married in 1967, the new Miller family lived on the Lower East Side and then moving to Brooklyn, NY where Arthur donated his time representing members of the Jewish Defense League in their struggle for Soviet Jewry.

Arthur was subsequently transferred to Worcester, MA. From 1991 until his aliyah in 2004, Arthur was a tax partner with Fletcher Tilton, a nearly 200-year-old law firm in Worcester, MA. After his aliyah, Arthur is Of Counsel to Fletcher Tilton.

After realizing their life-long dream of residing in Israel permanently, Arthur and Ronnie have been living in Beit Shemesh, which Arthur describes as “the happiest years of our lives”. The Millers have four children, one of whom lives near them.

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