I haven't written about you lately, mainly because it feels like you are so far away. I keep trying to figure out what it is about you that has me so captivated, so connected. When I see the beautiful photographs of the Rose family in Jerusalem, Tzfat, and Tel Aviv, I have an incredible ache to be there. When I look through Alyson and Yossi's Facebook pictures of places in Israel I have never been, I have a twinge of jealousy and a resolve to visit those places. Today, I saw the AISH flyer for the TAG trip for women, and I felt a swelling in my heart.
It is almost like you are a magnet, and I am drawn to you for every reason and for no reason. I fear I will forget you--the parts of you that I love. The smell. The sky. The stairs. The people. The children. The Kotel. The sounds and the energy of Shabbat. The delicious food -- (go ahead, click on it!)
I miss you, Israel, and I hope to be able to see you again soon.