<I>Kavannah</I>Yes, mom and dad, I went up north. To Rambam Hospital. There were 11 soldiers recovering from injuries sustained in attacks. We visited seven.
Have I Done the Right Thing?Here I am, a bit over one year since we made <I>Aliyah</I>, and I think about all that has happened to me, to my family, to my country.
I Just Don't UnderstandWhat do you think this is? This is not your favorite team trading away its best player. It's not a character leaving your favorite sitcom. This is your homeland.
Not All Barbecues Are Created EqualI had said <I>Hallel</I> (Psalms of Praise) with a <I>b'racha</I> (blessing) on Yom Ha'atzma'ut for the first time in my life for <I>this</I>? I had expected big things. You have to understand, this was my very first Yom Ha'atzma'ut as an Israeli. How could it be? Where was the holiness? Where was the spirituality?
Crazy SettlersI don't feel like a crazy settler. I do believe there <I>are</I> crazy settlers. I just don't think I'm one of them. Nevertheless, I figured you would be interested to know what the average day of a crazy settler is like.
I Didn't Miss the Big GameThere have been (now) three times in the past ten years when I've been challenged by a major sporting event going on at a time that simply didn't fit into my schedule, religious or otherwise.
If You Dream It, There Is No WayWhat was it that transformed me - a lover of Israel who had no interest in making <I>Aliyah</I> - into someone who knows in his heart, mind and soul that he <I>must</I> make <I>Aliyah</I> with his family as soon as possible?
Please Don't Tell Me I'm NobleLastly, please don't think or tell us that we're special. We're anything but. And frankly, we don't want to be, even though we are on the cusp of our <I>Aliyah</i> (which we hope will take place in December). Our real dream is just to be part of the crowd, the overwhelming crowd we hope to some day hear about. The crowd of Jews around the world deciding once and for all that Israel is their home.