Sunday, January 27, 2008

Reasons why I wish I was still in Israel

1. The unparalleled feeling of comfort I experience even if I'm in a neighborhood I've never seen before.

2. Israeli soldiers ;).

3. The awesome jewelry stores.

4. The purity.

5. Everyone's Jewish. Even though the ridiculous amount of communal division breaks my heart, the land is full of Jews.

6. I actually lost weight on this trip! Where I was staying was down a rather large hill . . . so anytime I wanted to get anywhere, it was a trek.

7. My friends who live there.

8. Knowing that the country is the holiest place on Earth, even if you don't always feel it.

9. Egged buses. Even the ones that only come every twenty minutes so you're forced to wait in the freezing cold as your extremities become rapidly more and more numb.

10. Being in a place where both the physical and spiritual armies are hard at work. I firmly believe that the success of the Israeli army is correlated to the amount of Torah studied in Israel, and that yeshiva students have just as important a job as soldiers in defending the land when both jobs are executed with sincerity and a genuine desire to protect the land that G-d gave the Jews. That Torah study has merit on its own goes [almost] without saying.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Vacation surprise

I received the most wonderful gift from my parents a couple days ago: a trip to Israel.

I'm going with my mother to see my sister who is in seminary, and to run errands and visit people. I cannot tell you how unbelievably thrilled I am to be going back to Israel. Just the thought of being able to walk the streets of the holiest land on earth gives me chills and makes me feel a little teary.

I almost can't believe that I'm going back to the land where I experienced so much confusion and inner upheaval. Except that now I'm coming back as a different person, with a much greater sense of herself. I'm actually really looking forward to going on my own terms this time. I'm not afraid to show the people who remember me as I was a few years ago what I have become and how my thought processes have changed. I'm ready for that. I'm ready to be unabashedly myself.

Ahh, Israel.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Time for a happy post!

So, in honor of finals, I present a dose of tongue-in-cheek student humor:







Thursday, January 3, 2008

panic panic panic

I am so ridiculously unprepared for my finals today that I would cry if I wasn't so tired.