- Part 1: I’m Not Sure Where to Start
- Part 2: Shabbat in the Desert
- Part 3: The Road to Jerusalem
- Next: The Old City in Jerusalem
- Opening Jerusalem
Looking over my writings so far, you’d think I had kind of a hard time in Israel. And I did. And I didn’t. The Israelis can be difficult to deal with and a joy to be around. The conflict is there all the time, and so is a thriving country of millions. The tension — and the knowledge that thousands of rockets are pointed at you all the time — are in the air you breathe and the water you drink, and it’s one of the most profoundly joyous places I’ve ever been in. The toughest moral dilemmas a country can face played out every day we were there and every day I was still high on all the energy, the intensity, the stubborn confidence. We’ve been back for a week already, and I still feel it.