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Succos: The Israeli Experience

Rochel Gross

Thursday, 11 Tishrei Dear Diary … Am I really here in Eretz Yisrael? I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. Was it only yesterday that I was in London, fasting and davening in shul? So much can happen in 24 hours!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

bircas cohanim Now I’m in Yerushalayim, in my sister Miri’s cozy apartment. Ever since Miri got married and moved here, she’s been raving
about how beautiful Succos in Yerushalayim is. I saved money for almost two years, until I finally had enough to buy a ticket to join her for Yom Tov, and now here I am, Raizel Gluck, 13 years old, in Eretz Yisrael for the very first time!

The first thing that hit me (literally) when I got off the plane was the heat. It reminded me of when I open the oven door to peek at my mother’s challos and the hot air belches out
into my face. And it’s almost October! Miri told me that this heat wave, or chamsin, as she calls it, is rare for this time of the year.

The second thing I noticed was the blue, blue sky, with nary a cloud in sight. Against the backdrop of all that blue, palm trees swayed gently in the hot breeze. I love Eretz Yisrael!


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