Imagine you've been crossing oceans for days with an uncooperative flight crew. You don't know what time it is, less alone the day, month, or perhaps, even the year. Turbulence both outside and inside the plane and you have a splitting headache. Eyes blurry from fatigue and an upset stomach on the side from eating tasteless macaroni salad with tough grilled chicken that tastes like rubber. Not to mention you've been sleeping on mattresses that feel like the cardboard seats back in steerage. (I'll use the term "steerage" to be at least somewhat dramatic.)
All you want is to be home having a home cooked meal, a shower, less alone sleeping in bed next to your loved ones - even if it's your teddy bear.
Imagine those who've been living in an apartment for decades and finally had the money or means to purchase a new home. Or to build a new kitchen, a new living room.
The sense of comfort and belonging come into play.
Today marks the sixty-fifth birthday of a place on Earth which has been in the news so much and is one of the most hated (unfortunately) yet one of the most loved places in the world:
THE STATE OF ISRAEL
I can't say that I have been yet but I will say that from what I've been told by many people both Jewish and not, that when one travels to Israel, there is a special aura about the environment there that is inexplicable. The Garden of Eden. If heaven could have a place on Earth.
Israel also is also one of the few middle eastern countries which has advances in the sciences, aviation, medicine, and technology. Most of all, Israel promotes not only human rights, but women's rights less alone the rights of many other groups. The paramount of Israel is that it is a guiding light in the eastern part of the world for democracy and freedom amongst its citizens no matter which religious background you come from.
Israel is home to many people. People who have been exiled and have come back after a long trip abroad. For some, the trip has lasted for thousands of years throughout many generations.
Try to imagine and keep the beginning of this post in mind when you think of what it is like to visit Israel on many levels.
There is no place like home...
חג עצמאות שמח
CHAG AATZMA'OOT SAMAYACH!
Here's to many more, Israel...