A Very Special Trip.
Where is the Brown family going?
Why is this trip so special?
Read and find out…….
Avi and Ari had been to Israel many times to visit their grandparents. Now the whole family was going to make Aliyah, which means that they are going to live in Israel. Israel is the home of the Jewish People.
Avi and Ari were so excited. They have wanted to live in Israel for a long time. Their parents told them that they are going to live in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, not far from their grandparents.
For many weeks, the family had been packing and getting ready for their big move. Their mother told the children that they each can pack three special activities to take on the airplane.
Finally the big day had arrived. Ari and Avi were watching for the big moving truck to come to their house. Ari saw a large truck first coming down the street and he shouted, “it’s here!” The truck pulled up to the family’s house. Four men came to pack all the furniture into brown cardboard boxes and put everything into the truck.
The moving truck will take the family’s furniture and boxes to the port, where it will be loaded onto a large ship headed for Israel. Avi asked one of the men “how long does it take for the ship to get to Israel?” “About three weeks, answers the man.”
That evening, after saying goodbye to all their friends and relatives, a van arrived to take the family to the airport. Everyone was so excited. Ari said to his parents, “we have been planning this trip for several months, I can’t believe that today we are making Aliyah.”
At the airport, the family stood in line waiting to go through security and get check in. They will also get their boarding passes. The luggage that they are taking with them is checked and loaded into the airplane. Now the family is eagerly waiting the call for the passengers to board the airplane.
Over the loudspeaker comes the announcement “ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING EL AL TO ISRAEL BOARD AT GATE 8. MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOUR PASSPORTS, BOARDING PASS AND TICKET READY TO SHOW AT THE GATE.”
The stewards and stewardesses, these are the people that work on the airplane and help all the passengers find their seats were already on board. After the plane takes off, they will serve snacks and a meal. Mrs. Brown is sitting with Bracha and Mr. Brown is sitting with Ari and Avi. While everyone is boarding, beautiful Israel music is playing.
Suddenly the music goes off and the voice from the loudspeaker says, “MY NAME IS OSHREI AND I AM YOUR PILOT FOR THIS TRIP. WE ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OFF. PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS AND WATCH THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT THE STEWARDESS IS SHOWING. HAVE AN ENJOYABLE TRIP. WE WILL BE IN ISRAEL IN TWELVE HOURS.”
As the airplane starts climbing, Mr. Brown says a special prayer for a safe trip.
The stewardess and stewards start passing out snacks and drinks. Avi chose orange juice and Avi chose apple juice. In one hour supper will be served. Then the lights will be dimmed, so that everyone can rest.
After many hours the airplane is floating gently in the sky getting closer and closer to Israel. Avi and Ari are so excited they are having a hard time sleeping. Soon it will be morning. The boys are anxious to see sunrise. At the first sign of daybreak, the stewards and stewardess hand out hot towels so that everyone can wash their face. `
At the back of the airplane, some men are getting ready to say their morning prayers. Mr. Brown is also there. The boys will say their morning prayers at their seat.
The smell of hot bagels travels through the airplane. Everyone is hungry and eagerly awaiting for breakfast to be served. The pilot announces that the arrival time is in two hours.
Avi and Ari enjoyed their breakfast, bagels cheese, eggs, vegetable and chocolate milk. Mr. Brown tells the boys the pack up their activities and listen to the instructions.
The pilot announces that they are now flying over Israel and will be landing in fifteen minutes. The ‘fasten your seatbelt sign’ is flashing and the airplane is starting to go down.
Avi and Ari are busy looking out of the window at all the beautiful sites.
The airplane gently touches the ground with some soft bumps. Shalom Alcheim, welcome to Israel, is playing over the loudspeakers. The pilot thanks all the passengers for flying EL AL. The doors of the airplane are opened.
The boys get off the plane with their parents and sister and board the bus that will take them to the terminal. They are shouting and jumping for joy “WE ARE FINALLY HOME.” At the terminal the family goes to receive their TODUT OLAY, the paper that says that they made Aliyah.
While picking up their suitcases, Ari sees his grandparents waiting to take them to their new home in Jerusalem.
After lots of hugs and kisses, everyone piles into the van.
When the Brown family arrived at their new home, they find a sign on their front door that says…….
WE WISH ALL OF YOU A SUCCESSFUL ALIYAH AND MANY HAPPY YEARS IN OUR JEWISH HOMELAND, ISRAEL!
SABA AND SAFTA.
This is the last chapter of The Adventures of Avi and Ari.
I hope you enjoyed the stories. Please feel free to comment.
After Pesach, I will be posting other stories that I have written.
See you soon!