Years ago, a dear friend who was living in Givat Ze'ev told us about a community project that had to be called to a halt due to Jewish history.
Seems that the gas station that was being built had to be stopped, as the excavation of the site had dug up Hashmonean ruins. We marveled together about how a Jew in Israel is blessed to set his feet down, over and over again, in the paths upon which his great forefathers walked.
When someone else says it best, I might as well take a break and let him talk. The following pearl shone forth from Chez Treppenwitz yesterday; and I could not pass up sharing it with you.
The importance of having access to the piano -- David Bogner
As I drive to work each day through the breadbasket of ancient Judea, the ripening orchards, vineyards, and fields I pass remind me that just as in the days when the Temples stood in Jerusalem, the first wheat from the southern slopes of the Hevron hills will be ready just in time for Shavuot (signaling the traditional start of the wheat harvest).
Shortly after we moved here, our (then) 7 year old son Gilad made a memorable observation.
He had been taking piano lessons in the US, but was on a forced break in his musical studies due to our move. Even though he remained keenly interested in music, we explained to him that it made no sense to start his lessons with an Israeli teacher until our lift arrived and he had a piano in the house to play.
At the same time, being in an Israeli school with a strong religious Zionist curriculum, he was also starting to become aware of the direct connection between the land of Israel and the mitzvot (commandments) found in the Torah.
One morning after our lift had arrived and he had finally restarted his music lessons, he said to me, "Abba, being a Jew outside of Israel is sort of like someone taking piano lessons but not having a piano to practice on."
From the mouth of babes...
As Bogner so famously says: "Don't thank me. I'm a giver."
Hashem has been very busy beautifying the yishuv lately. Enjoy!Glossary:
Hashmonean: the period during which the Chanukah story takes place