Posted January 31st, 2013
By Israel Katz, Yeshivat Lev HaTorah
We were standing on a hill, looking down at the Valley of Elah, and my Rabbi started telling us the story of the battle between David and Goliath as if we were suppose to relate to it somehow.
Then he pointed down and said “The valley down there, that’s where David and Goliath fought.”
All of a sudden I realized the uniqueness of Israel.
Where else in the world can you come, pull out a bible, and stand in the place where this exact event happened thousands of years later?
It was at this point that I started to realize how special Israel was to me, and to the rest of the Jewish nation. People study history, some people even enjoy digging up history.
I’ve come to understand that the center of it all is Israel.
The feeling that I get when I learn Torah in Israel is different than any other place in the world. Like I mentioned earlier, nowhere else can you open up a bible and stand in the place in which any specific event took place.
I strongly believe that the Torah is made for the Jewish people and the homeland for them is Eretz Yisrael.
There is a feeling of holiness there, that I think applies to every and any Jew, because of that fact.
Israel is a place where everyone can find themselves. It is a place where history comes alive.
Anyone from any background can come and find out who they want to be and what they want to become.
It’s not a matter of being ultra-religious or barely affiliated, Israel is a place for all Jews.
In Israel I get that feeling you can only get when you absolutely love something.
You know, that priceless feeling where you don’t realize anything else going on.
It’s like - nothing else matters and everything seems perfect in the world. When I am in Israel that’s the feeling I get I am home, and nothing can change that.
Israel is the best place to practice my religion, to serve G-d, find myself, become who I want to become, and live the life I dream of, a life that is truly my own.