Sorry if there are tons of spelling mistakes. In writing this in my phone.
It’s just after 6 am and I’m already awake. Since ill probably be waking up around this time on my program next week anyway, in reluctant o all it jetlag.
My first day in Israel was ridiculous. Between losing my luggage and discovering I did not actually lose my luggage, visiting he kotel, souk,family and finally reuniting with my closest friends after a long eight months I’m finally here! I heard my homeland calling me!
I davened shacharit at the kotel yesterday morning for shacharit. I made sure that I davened the amida right by the stones, touching them the whole time. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to pray for the well being of all my family at the holiest place in earth, directly before hkbh.
The kotel was rally busy as it was Thursday and there were many bar mitzvahs taking place. The atmosphere was electric, everybody was singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. It was incredible to see all toes of Jews from all around the works gathered in one place with such achdut. I heard snippets of English, French, Spanish and Hebrew amongst all he hebrew chatter.
From the kotel we went to lunch where we randomly bumped into a friend from home, saw r kooks house, the work of an extremely talented artist who was illustrated every Perek of tehillim, and then the souk.
It was my first time at machane Yehudah. It was so busy, everyone was hurrying and jostling each other about! All te food and spices looked and smelled amazing. We even saw a chatan and Kallah there having wedding photos and videos filmed. Everybody who saw them wished them Mazal Tov - even though they were complete strangers. That’s Israel for you!
My evening was a little more relaxed, dinner and then w movie which I fell asleep in!
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom from the Holy Land!
I miss the way I feel like I belong and do no stick out.
I miss the way you make me feel like I’ve come home.
I miss the way I feel like everyone is family.
I miss the way Jews surround me every place I go.
I miss the extra enthusiasm I have for religion.
I miss passing ancient sites every…
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Studying the writings of Rav Kook for the first time, my beliefs and way of life were both challenged and concretised. I have always felt intuitively that I identify with Religious Zionism, despite never having learnt the core beliefs from the sources, one of whom is Rav…
As you may have heard, Sydney Uni SRC has adopted a motion to support the boycott of the Technion, as part of the BDS campaign against Israel.
Please take 15 seconds out of your day to sign the petition on the link below, to let the SRC know that we are more than upset with their decision, and that nothing short of a full revocation of the motion will suffice!
Well, now that Yom Ha’atzmaut is truly over here, I suppose it’s time to reflect.
Last night I went to a special tefillah at my shule and then to a concert sponsored by the community. The concert was a fun, self deprecating exhibition of Israeli culture. It included quite a few speeches, short comedy performances, a video message from the Shnat kids in Israel and two songs (accompanied by dances) from each decade of Israel’s existence. The song that the concert ended on was מי שמאמין לא מפחד.
To me, this perfectly summarises what I believe Yom Ha’atzmaut is all about. It’s about recognising the miracles of Israel’s existence and giving thanks to God. It’s about realising that Israel’s independence is not just historically or politically important to the Jewish people and the world, but has a great religious significance.
The creation of the Jewish state is the fulfilment of a 2,000 year old dream and even though we have not reached the Geulah Shleimah, Israel is ראשית צמיחת גאולתנו.
That’s why to me, celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut with a special Tefillah and Hallel is so important. Essentially, it’s a Chag and we should treat it with the respect that it deserves, rather than just eating Felafel and wearing blue and white.
When an official body like the local and federal Zionist council (by no means Orthodox organisations) decide to end the evening’s festivities with a song recognising Hashem, it proves to me that we’re really in אתחלתא דגאולה and will merit to see the גאולה שלמה במהרה בימינו אמן.
Chag Atzmaut Sameach!
Despite all that has happened over the past week, we are still committed to our original mission statement.
No apologies necessary.
I’ll make a list of reasons. Really, though, it might be easier to answer why it wouldn’t be offensive. Also note that when I use the second person pronoun in the answer, I am not speaking to you specifically, but to anyone who might read this.
- Israel is the home…