Full Moon Feelings in Eretz Yisrael

Why can't I just feel "good"? I keep resisting whatever this is inside. The uneasiness is hard to explain. Like I'm uncomfortable within my body, here in this place. What is this place? It's not where I'm meant to be. Not really, anyway. My soul knows; it's not natural. But I -- like other souls … Continue reading Full Moon Feelings in Eretz Yisrael

My First Time: A Magical Visit to the Kotel

By Mindy Rubenstein This morning I pressed my forehead against the cool limestone of the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  How can it be that I was actually there? For years I longingly watched the Kotel live online.  It was like a dream — a place only others were fortunate enough to visit. And … Continue reading My First Time: A Magical Visit to the Kotel

Aliyah Journey – Part 3

We sit here in gray plastic chairs at the airport waiting for Israel to process us and make us official. We made it through the 12-hour flight, skipping over Tuesday night and going right into Wednesday morning. I told the kids it’s like daylight savings time, but instead of losing one hour, we lost seven. … Continue reading Aliyah Journey – Part 3

Aliyah Journal – Part 2

August 24-29 | 27 Av-2 Elul, 5782 We received our official approval from the Jewish Agency, tentatively confirmed our Nefesh B'Nefesh sponsored flight, and then, finally, our precious Visas arrived. I'm typing this with a feeling of disbelief and awe, because there were so many months, details and decisions, paperwork and interviews, and then this … Continue reading Aliyah Journal – Part 2

Aliyah Journal – Part 1

August 9-14, 2022 | 13-17 Av 5782  I was never a Zionist. In fact, through much of my life I didn’t even realize I had any connection to the Land of Israel. I naively thought it was simply a country, like any other, that happened to have Jewish people living there. Mindy Rubenstein I first … Continue reading Aliyah Journal – Part 1