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What fun. This is no treatise on religious motivation, no psychological exploration of motive, no literate tome by a pro writer. This is a Canadian Guy, eh? A contemporary dad and his whimsical observations about dealing with his two youngsters & wife & life in a brand new environment – including the simple joys of oceanfront access, learning a new language, grocery shopping without a car, and the unique personality quirks of his new homeland. Ethiopian Jews and Kareoke – who knew?
His Canadian family and friends’ worries for the immigrants’ safety may have been impetus for MacLeod’s daily facebook posts, but his sense of humor while reporting his adventures have surely made them feel better about the move – and gave this appreciative reader many a smile.
So I'm an unlikely reviewer, I suppose, but I was very curious to be the fly on the wall of the MacLeod family's move to Israel. Teddy - I'll go with that name, because I can't figure out the pronounciation of "Akiva" - provides just that: not a blow-by-blow account, nor a carefully composed literary oeuvre, but broad-stroke glimpses into his life in a suburb of Haifa. And thanks to the brevity of his entries, his humor tinged with irony, his observational skills, and conversational style, "Welcome Home" is an entertaining read that makes the reader feel almost like family. Or at least close enough to refer to the author as "Teddy" in a review...
The book is not an exploration of conversion to Judaism (would have loved to hear that story), or a list of helpful hints for making aliyah, or a guide for how to settle in to Israel most efficiently. I'm sure those have been written elsewhere. Teddy offers his story and through it a companion for anyone emigrating to Israel or, for that matter, other countries not in North America (guess what, we have food/pee breaks at our movie theaters, too!). Its value lies in the personal touch which reveals as much about the likeable MacLeod family as about Haifa.
If you're still not sure whether you'll like it, use the "look inside" function. The excerpt is pretty typical of the book and will help you decide if Teddy's style and quirkiness is up your alley. If you think freestyle lifeguard dubbing is funny, you'll definitely get your money's worth.
So, I like it, and "only" four stars? Well, as I said, I'm not an ideal audience; a number of Hebrew terms were rather over my head (Nefesh b'Nefesh might be a basketball player for all I know, but I think it's an association?); and additionally, a number of Teddy's photos didn't show up on my kindle paperwhite. But photos are icing, not cake, and the cake's pretty darn good, a solid four stars.