“Meshane makkom, meshane mazal.”

In Perkei Avos, Rabbi Yochanan asked of his five top students: “Go and see which is the best trait for a person to acquire.” One of the students, Rabbi Yossi, felt that the most important “trait” for a person to acquire is a “good neighbor.” The Rambam writes: “It is human nature that one’s views and actions follow those of his acquaintances and fellows, and to behave like his fellow citizens. Therefore one must associate with righteous people…”

 

The Arky’s finally made it to Beersheva, one step closer to Neve Chabad.

Moving can be a scary and overwhelming task. This is true regardless if you are moving to a new city, state, or country. I know a thing or two about moving. In my 30 years of living I have moved to 6 different states, 4 different countries, and many different homes within each of those places. With all of this experience I can tell you: it doesn’t really get much easier. Sure, you might be better at packing, have worked and reworked moving plans, and gotten really good at the game “keep or toss”; but moving to a new place is always scary and exciting. It becomes a new life in a new place with a new city to explore, and new friends to make.

So what makes this move different from all other moves?

Community. We didn’t just move to a new city to fend for ourselves. We moved into a beautiful, giving and caring Chabad community.

It’s incredible to have a community of soldiers on the ground before you even get to a new place. A Neve Chabadnik (Hi Rivky!) called me to say she saw an apartment online that looked nice, was a good price, and in a great area near her. She immediately went to go see it for us and take a video. It was perfect and it is the apartment we now call home. Without her help and thoughtfulness, this apartment would have been taken in a heartbeat and we might still be searching on our own.

On moving day, our Neve Chabad community showed up with snacks, refreshments, dinner, and cheerful smiles to welcome us and give us chizuk. We had skillfully handcrafted pictures from Neve Chabad kids taped to our door. We had all the help we needed unpacking, setting up school, knowing where to go, and were provided meals all week. Anything we needed or wanted to know, we had all resources available to us. We didn’t just move to a new beautiful and exciting city, but a community within one.

Even though the physical Yishuv of Neve Chabad is still in the process of being built, the community is very much alive and well, and growing. Our kids go to school together and we celebrate simchas together; we have weekly Farbrengens, shiurim, and group outings. Neve Chabad is much more than a community; it truly is a family.

 

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