Sunday, August 19, 2012
It's Elul. Summer's almost over. Standing in the living room this morning, my husband blew shofar for the first time this season.
Over these summer months, I have been touched and inspired by:
The ability so many people I know have to communicate their pride and appreciation of Israel, of God and of being part of the Jewish people
The willingness so many people have to live in reduced material circumstances in order to feel closer to God
Actually feeling myself growing spiritually
The opportunity to step into unfamiliar homes and to experience Shabbat on someone else's terms
The emotional pull of weddings in Jerusalem
The emotions of visiting America for a family wedding
Celebrating with 351 new olim, the Prime Minister of Israel, Natan Sharansky and a thousand other Jews who take Israel as seriously as I do
The willingness of so many young men and women to come to Israel and serve in our army
The idea that Hashem is happy that His children are coming Home
Jewish babies being born in Jerusalem
Witnessing families being reunited in Israel
The way I cry more easily now because my neshama is more open
The unceasing desire to ingest more Torah, to feed my soul
Meeting Jews from around the world
Recognizing whatever happens as the price I pay for the privilege of living here
The feeling of being connected to so many people
I also mastered homemade chili this summer. That ought to pay off handsomely come February.
It's all good.
Posted by Rivkah Lambert Adler at 1:53 PM