|View From My Balcony (Picture by TAB)|
Anyone who lives in Jerusalem knows that the rest of the world just cannot imagine, or even begin to understand what life is like.
Each day is a discovery, a surprise, a shock, a warm feeling, a mystery, etc. Jerusalem Is The Center Of The World! While there are many who find it horrible (among other things) those of us who choose to stay do so because we instantly know there is no other place on earth for us to be.
Granted, it is hard to live here. The conditions are poor~unless you have a lot of money. The wages very, very low and the work much "less" than most would do in other countries. Not an advertisement to make people want to call this "home".
What Jerusalem, and all of Eretz Israel has is "spirit". That intangible thing that reaches down to your insides and makes them fee alive, well, and happy. My favorite example came from an Israeli woman who had gone to America to visit for two months. In her words (I paraphrase here):
Everything was so big~the land, the homes, the cars, the stores. The variety of goods of every kind was amazing...but it was not Israel. In America there was no "real" heart in the people. When I got back to Israel, as I stood in line for Customs and Security I watched the people cutting into line and the animated arguments and conversations (it is sometimes hard to tell the difference). When an Israeli woman pushed me and tried to cut into line I grabbed her and gave her a big kiss on the cheek and told her how good it felt to be home!!
Only an Israeli can understand this, only a Jew can feel the deep longing for the land when they are away. For all the warts and rough edges, this is our country~My Country, and I Love It!!
"Avinu" Our Father by Gad Elbaz~גד אלבז~אבינו