Aliyah l’Chupah: The L’Chaim

So, we were thrilled, jumping for joy, needing an outlet for our jubilation! We decided to have a l’chaim. If you don’t know what that is, think of someone Jewish holding up a glass of wine and making a toast. What do they say? Exactly…

So we invited basically our families and had a somewhat impromptu gathering at Gidon’s house in Efrat. We toasted the happy couple with most things alcoholic, and we were all beaming with pride. I found out just who I can hug and who I can just wave to, and our two families meshed together like one. Really for all of us, but especially Shyra and Gidon!

I still can’t believe this is real!

About the Author

Laura Ben-David is the author of numerous articles and the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal, a memoir of her move to Israel. She has done public speaking about Israel and Aliyah all over the United States and Israel. Contact her at or follow her tweets at