One notable change for many families making aliyah is the type of dwelling they are moving to. The most drastic change and adjustment is to move from a single-family home to an apartment. Granted, some apartments may offer a decent amount of space including a yard, mirpeset (porch), parking, space, or machsan (storage room), but having neighbors above you, next to you, under you, or all the above will be a new experience and takes getting used to.
For those who went away to university or yeshiva or seminary with a dorm, you can draw upon this experience. You most likely will be sharing stairways, elevators, common areas, and parking lot. Some neighbors you will bump into (figuratively, hopefully not literally) and others you will scarely see.
Bear in mind the following:
Some may have children that you will hear crying and fussing all…the…time, while others may have quiet children who never make a peep. Or perhaps no children, but maybe they are dog-parents and you hear poochie barking often.
Some neighbors are so quiet you wouldn’t know there was anyone lives there, and others that you know when they are home because of the decibel level of voices or music.
In any event, in the alphabet soup of personalities and the fact that we are all human, there is potentially an opportunity for discord, as well as the possibility of beautiful harmony. Or even both concurrently. Try to use the Torah’s wisdom of loving your neighbor like yourself.
May you be blessed with wonderful neighbors and dwell in harmony!