Enter the white city from a Jerusalem perspective

I am an immigrant.

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I made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) from the United States four years ago. I live in Jerusalem and, for the moment, can’t imagine living anywhere else in Israel. I love this city! It’s a growing, modern metropolis bursting with youth, yet somehow still manages to maintain its ancient atmosphere deserving of awe and respect.

As a Jerusalem resident you can obviously tell my preferences, however, I’ve recently started to grow fond of Tel Aviv and what it has to offer: tall buildings, beautiful beaches, modern vibes and nonstop entertainment.

Hold on just a second fellow loyal Jerusalemites! Before you cut my head off, let me explain.

While Tel Aviv is one of the biggest tech capitals of the world, my biggest criticism of the city has always been that it really comes across just as dirty as New York or Miami. If I want to go to an international, modern city, why would I bother with Tel Aviv? To some extent, I still think that way. Despite its flaws, there’s nothing quite like the ancient and holy city of Jerusalem

With that said, I’ve come to view Tel Aviv in a different light after a number of recent visits. As a Zionist, I’ve always been enamored with the idea of having a Jewish State. What now blows my mind about Tel Aviv is that while it may have the atmosphere of New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, the beautiful reality is that it’s ours!

Look at what has been built in that space over the past 70 years! It literally started as a sand dune and look at what it has become! The tremendous growth and changes the city has undergone is nothing short of a modern miracle.

In Israel we have an internationally-recognized, modern technology start-up hub that is continuing to grow and flourish. Most of all, it is an oasis for success in the Middle East built by Jews for Jews. With the completion of the high-speed rail connection between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv rapidly approaching, I suggest we all take a moment to appreciate our respective cities for what they are. At the same time, we should keep an open mind and be accepting of the other because Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are about to be closer than ever.