A Long Love Affair With Israel

By John S. Ruskay

After a week quite properly dominated by the Aipac Conference and intense focus on how to respond to the threat of a nuclear Iran, I’d like to share a personal story from my recent trip to Israel. I was davening at a Jerusalem minyan on Friday night two weeks ago when I realized next June 2013, will be the fiftieth anniversary of my first trip to Israel. 50!! Memories from that first trip came cascading to mind: climbing to the top of the YMCA tower to peer into the old city; the utter silence of Shabbat in Jerusalem; camping under the stars in the Negev; spending a week on a kibbutz picking apples; the golden magnificence of the Judean Hills. Glidah (ice cream), that was obviously the best in the world.

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