Like many committed Jews living in Chutz l'Aretz, out of the HolyLand, she has harbored dreams of living here. In her article she writes that she had wanted to, but...
"...didn’t want to return to Brooklyn. I informed my parents I wanted to move there immediately, but was sensibly told I could go after graduating from Brooklyn College."Honestly, what's so sensible about that? If you want to live in Israel, you need Hebrew and Israeli training. The younger one gets it, the easier it is to be absorbed in Israeli society. Israel also has perfectly good world-class universities which cost less than American ones. OK, for a girl in Brooklyn, living at home, that's a price that's hard to beat at the time she was studying. But most Jewish kids have to pay much more than the reduced or free tuition for new immigrants available in Israel.
The truth is that parents giving that advice aren't stupid. They know that the longer they can keep their kids nearby out of Israel the less of a chance that the child will make aliyah, move to Israel. Another myth is that you should stay abroad to save money. The Israeli economy is stronger than most, especially the American one, today. Healthcare is universal here, and you don't have all of the expensive tuition fees. And back to universities, most American graduates are burdened with loans to pay back before getting on with their lives. You won't have them in Israel.
PS To Miriam,
Please don't wait until you're in your nineties to make aliyah. At least encourage your children to study here and build their lives here. It'll make it easier for you in the long run.
Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom!