I don’t know the source of the content below, but somehow it landed in my database of health-related information. I’m sharing it with the public along with a message I’ve sent to a potential new olah finessing her serious medical issue before relocating to Israel.
I hope that both halves of this message will help the public at large:
The Hebrew word for “Responsibility” is אחריות. Each successive and added letter of this Hebrew word adds a meaning and dimension to teach us something about what responsibility means.
א = The number 1
This teaches that when thinking about who should be responsible for a particular task, you should consider that YOU are the only one for that task.
אח = spells the Hebrew word “brother”
This teaches us to whom we are first responsible for. When it comes to tzedaka, a Jew is first responsible for those of his or her family.
אחר = spells the Hebrew word “another”
This commands us that our responsibility doesn’t stop at our own family but continues beyond the borders of familial relationships as well.
אחרי = after me
Although a person must be the one to initiate the mission to accomplish, they are also encouraged to call out to others “אחרי – Follow after me”, in order to be a good role model for others.
אחריו = after him
When one encourages others from the heart, they will indeed follow “after him”.
א-ת = Are the first and last letters of this word and also of the Hebrew alphabet. A person’s responsibility doesn’t become completed until they have accomplished what they could, from the beginning till the end.
Thus, this word not only spells responsibility but contains the directions to fulfill it too.
Ready for Part 2?
A Message for Your Optimal Health (excerpts from a message I sent to a potential olah with medical issues)
I’m a certified Health Information Management professional, qualified to understand, edit and even to write up medical research, able to translate medical diagnoses and treatments into ICD9 and ICD10 codes created by the World Health Organization, too.
I completely appreciate the scope of your specific medical concerns which is why I connected you with XYZ [name removed to protect privacy].
I invite you to remain in contact with me, especially upon making aliya. The first year of aliya is filled with a breath-taking need to acclimate to a new language, culture and bureaucracy. It is so helpful to have a friend to help you through the tiring mess.
You must start from the beginning to establish an identity here with the social security institute known as Bituakh Leumi, the Ministry of the Interior/Misrad haPnim which monitors population growth and trends let alone addresses, and since you have [the name of her medical condition] you would be wise to register with the Welfare Ministry/Misrad Revakha to receive necessary disability benefits.
Bituakh Leumi grants other disability benefits. You must request them.
You must choose a kupat holim/health care fund within your first 4-6 weeks of making aliya. I have an important article about that due to be published under Nefesh B’Nefesh’s auspices. It might go “live” online by August. I have supplied critically necessary information from that article to a couple making aliya next month. Both adults and their son have substantial disabilities. They were misinformed about medical and disability benefits by their aliya shaliakh who did not know the updated information in which I specialize as a life coach for holim. He gave them so many incorrect responses to their questions that they almost called off their aliya! I salvaged the process for them and for their disabled mother.
The application processes for all the above bureaucracies/benefits can drive a person nutz, especially if Hebrew is not the applicant’s native language. Join AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians http://www.aaci.org.il/ in Israel BEFORE making aliya. The organization can alert you to vitally necessary information, provide translation help and much more.
I’m an AACI board member in Beer Sheva, well aware of the riches that the organization can offer to olim…
… The social workers of every kupat holim location are obligated by law to help health fund members to apply for benefits but some of them are not good at it. The misery will be offset by charming people who step forward to help you out of compassion and good sense. XYZ is already among them. Others will come your way. When the aliya process gets you down, and it will, focus on the people who step forward to help you.
BTW, Israel is not using ICD10 coding yet, which is a financial and statistical nightmare for all concerned. I figure that you’d appreciate that fact as someone already working within a hospital environment. ICD codes are NOT used in most Israeli medical facilities. Israel’s kupat holim system uses its own coding system and only uses ICD9 for hospital stays. Misrad HaBriut has not trained anyone in ICD10 to my knowledge, and my hopes for such employment here were dashed by that reality. I fill my work hours by writing up or editing medical research and preparing articles for http://www.e-counseling.com/.
Hang on to the helpers in your life. They’ll make the aliya process easier. One day you’ll be able to laugh it off as we learned to do.