A Great Reason to Learn Hebrew ASAP
Learning Hebrew and its benefits can be very crucial to the success of an aliyah. Ideally, one should start learning Hebrew a year or more before making aliyah through any system possible. In fact, this is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for a successful aliyah.
Why, what’s the rush?
Consider a typical family of four making aliyah in the summer. Their first one to two months are spent on vacation, so to speak, getting adjusted, exploring the land – near and far, and enjoying their new home and having quality family time.
Ulpan for the adults starts in the fall, around the same time kids start school, and ends about 6 months later, around March. During that period the focus is on getting adjusted and leaning Hebrew and not job hunting or employment, resulting in a spending spree of about $10,000 to $15,000 – without any incoming funds!