Calling All Olim Vatikim!

Post 2 of 2 today…

Since I haven’t brought myself to start Twittering yet, I’m going to summon the power of the War Zone:

I have a friend making aliyah today, arriving tomorrow. She is not arriving on a Nefesh b’Nefesh flight. Any ideas as to how long it could take for her to walk through the arrival doors after her flight lands? Apparently she has to go to the Misrad Klitah office at the airport to do whatever it is that she needs to do. I’ve heard 2-3 hours, depending on the number of others who could be standing in line in front of her. I’d rather not wait for hours if I don’t have to, especially since I’m still scarred from a recent trip when a group of Beitar Yerushalayim animal soccer fans were POUNDING on drums in the arrival area, awaiting the team to arrive as the cops just stood there, as if this was the most normal thing in the world.

I know there are many of us (you) who made aliyah pre-NBN. SPEAK NOW, YOU BRAVE PIONEERS!!!

On that note, here is my tip for future olim: drop the middle name when you get your teudat zehut (identity card). It just causes confusion. Like when I’m at the doctor and someone comes out to call my name:

BINYAMIN NATAN!

Yeah, that’s me. Better than Ben-Gay, I guess.

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