THERE are many good reasons for a Jew to spend time in the Land of Israel, some of them religiously oriented, some social, others historical. There is an entirely independent reason, however, what I would call being together with Am Yisrael, living in sync with the nation of Israel.
While I had experienced this element of Israel in previous stints there, this summer it acquired a whole new meaning. Allow me to share some of these moments in which I experienced Am Yisrael.
Landing in Israel only to begin hearing rumors a mere 36 hours later of a potential kidnapping right near my accommodations, that is to begin living with Am Yisrael. On the way back from the funeral of my teacher’s father, to hear with certainty that yes, in fact, there had been a kidnapping and no, the report of a successful rescue was not true, that is to be with Am Yisrael.