By Shlomo Klapper, Yeshivat Har Etzion
Ah! What a romance! The times we had. Nothing could go wrong. Visiting her was Seventh Heaven. All the wonderful places and memories – the Israel Museum, the Kotel, Machaneh Yehudah – imbued with excitement, culture, history and mystery.
For me, the State of Israel was hitherto an ideal tourist locale, probably since the majority of my time here was spent, well, touring. After spending nearly a year in Israel, I underwent a mental shift as my relationship with Israel matured.
While some of the romance dissipated, our relationship's intensity did not cool off; on the contrary, it deepened. A marriage, for example, cannot forever be a honeymoon. Eventually real life settles in, and the...