I just got off the phone from a two-hour conversation with my daughter who is in seminary in Eretz Yisroel. Yes, you guessed it. “But I am soooo homesick… I can’t do this for another day (let alone another nine months). Why did I do this to myself?”
At the start of the conversation, I needed to bite my lip and hold myself back from blurting out the words, “I told you so.”
I am not here to bash the whole going-to-Eretz-Yisroel thing (even though I think it is ridiculous). I just don’t understand why it became something that my daughter only did because it’s “the in thing.” And we needed to give in because of the lack of good options here in New York. I mean starting from the fortune of money it costs (not just tuition, but all that spending money and plane tickets), to the fact that most of the girls spend 3/4 of the year just getting used to it, I just don’t understand how we let this happen.
My wife and I, who gave in to our daughter’s begging and let her go, are now going to have to spend possibly the rest of the year worrying. Not a bad deal, huh? $21,000 for our daughter to be miserable and for us to constantly worry. Amazing.
I think it is time our community provides an in-town option with all the benefits that the Eretz Yisroel seminary “experience” has to offer, because we have four more daughters after this one, and if we would have an option of this sort, they will absolutely not go to Israel for seminary.
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