By Leah Nechamkin, Bnos Sarah
What is Yerushalayim?
Yerushalayim is a city like any other, with apartment buildings and buses and stores and attractions.
But Yerushalayim is also a city built of a beautiful white stone that reflects the strong sunlight, bouncing it playfully to and fro, till it’s too bright to look at unaided.
Yerushalayim has seasons like any other city. But the seasons here are those of the Jewish people.
Every season brings new displays, decorations, and sales - but here they are of Purim costumes and honey jars, Pesach dishes and chocolate pudding.
Yerushalayim is full of diverse people.
But any taxi driver will forgive you with a smile, and wish you a hearty “Shabbat Shalom”.
Yerushalayim is a place where heaven is just that much closer to earth. Where what's true, real and eternal has just so much more value.
My friend always dreamt of living in a quant thatched cottage on the Irish countryside. But now she pines to live in some small stone apartment in Ramat Eshkol or Sorotzkin.
You have to live here to understand this world.
The apartments in Ramat Elchanan, Bnei Brak are actually quite large. Sponja is convenient, and could you trade anything for having a random stranger hand you her baby?
They speak English here, too. But learn Hebrew and listen to the heart of the people.
A heart overflowing with Torah and chessed, emunah and mitzvos.
Here, what matters is what truly matters.
Children are raised on the streets of this city.
They are packed by the thousands into colossal institutions. Yet they come out refined and educated, mature and successful.
In Yerushalayim, a stranger invites you to his home without missing a beat, a wandering Jew requests help finding a shidduch, and a three-year old happily offers the "amerikani" directions.
Yerushalayim is my home, and it's your home too. Come and love the land, walk its streets.
And yearn for the day when Yerushalayim's light will reflect off its stones to illuminate the entire world.