This past week, as celebrations of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 66th Independence Day, swelled, a feeling of Jewish pride and thankfulness could be felt. Between the festive prayer services, parties, especially song and dance parties, and most modern Israeli item of all, “The Mangal,” the BBQ, there was a lot to celebrate.
As Andrea Lowenstein, originally American, now a long time resident of Jerusalem put it:
“I can’t imagine who I would be if I just stayed on the ‘easy path,’ and didn’t get to witness the craziness that is Israel first hand.
“If you blink your eye, you’ll miss another new neighborhood, a bunch more start-ups, a bunch more millionaires, a LOT of babies, and a moment of glorious weather. Even when it’s bad weather, it’s glorious.