My visit to the Diaspora Museum, a museum on the Tel-Aviv University campus, increased my pride in my heritage.
Read the quote to the left. This is how the museum begins. The Jewish people have survived such unbelievable odds. No other nation has made it this far in time, in relation to the hardships it faced. For what we have been through, it is almost as if we should not be here, and especially not in the numbers that we still exist. Just the fact that I feel so comfortable speaking about the Jewish people in terms of ‘we’, there still remains such a connection between every Jew and amongst the Jews to the nation as a whole. Even my generation and myself are still so much a part of our long-lasting people, despite the pride and knowledge slowly fading. I know people who simply know they are Jewish, and that is the extent of their Judaism. Still, they are beaming all over to be Jewish, without knowing the full extent of what that means. I know to some extent, and almost fully recognize and proclaim:
I’m so blessed to be Jewish!!
Israel seemingly culminates the Jewish nation. It is so easy to be Jewish in Israel. Children grow up surrounded by the (modern) Hebrew language. They experience the majority of the country shutting down, clearing the streets that fill up with people walking, all to observe Shabbat. The spirit of the holidays can be felt as the masses rejoice in practicing the annual celebration of our traditions. And most notably, Israelis are literally walking through ancient history every day, whether they make note of it or not.
Even for Jews who are not in Israel, many still feel an inexplicable yearning for their homeland. There is something that is ingrained in the Jewish people: the feeling that we belong here. (Not to say that other people do not belong in Israel).
- the blue and white design of the flag of Israel is meant to signify a talit!
- Synagogue means ‘to assemble itself’ in Greek
When Kabbalah was first coming about, there was a lot of bad going on in the surrounding world. So a bunch of people thought: Let’s not look outside, let’s celebrate amongst ourselves in song and look into the joyous mysticisms of our religion. As ignorant as this might seem, sometimes it’s necessary to block out all the bad going on in the world. Sometimes, it’s okay to get lost in imagination and exploration. Sometimes, it’s totally okay to be an optimist.