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Mazel Tov!

Mazel tov to my good friend who has been in Erets Yisrael for 17 years today (July 19, 1990). According to the Hebrew calendar (www.kaluach.net) he made aliyah on the 26th of Tammuz.

Back in the good old days (in 1990), there was no Nefesh B'Nefesh and you had to rough it by actually going to all of the government offices to get your paperwork done. The offices didn't have air-conditioning or even enough seats. Paper tickets with numbers were distributed by hand at 7:00 am and were usually unavailable by 7:30 am. Numbers were called out by an available clerk and there was no digital number board. He also relates that one time a line for the Ministry of Immigrant Absortion went half-way around the block.

In 1990, there were so many immigrants (est. 70-80,000) and the system was so overloaded that his aliyah shaliach actually told him to postphone his plans by 6-12 months.

OTOH, Shamir was the Prime Minister, the Palestinian Terrorist Authority was just a pipe dream of Peace Now, and Gush Katif (lehavdil) was thriving.

...about these things we mourn.

P.S. Speaking of mourning and Gush Katif, I would like announce that Esser Aggaroth has also picked up the information on the Machon Shilo's Kinna for Gush Katif's destroyed communities. Yasher koach! May our mourning be heard on High.

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