You will twitch. You will want to take cover. You will want to hide. You will feel like you could die at any second, like the air around you is drenched with gasoline, like the universe is gearing up to smash you to pieces.I was wondering about that. It's one thing to be there and get used to it; it is another to know that Israel is being attacked--has been attacked and will be attacked in the future--and make Aliyah.
It’s amazing how fast you get used to it, even if you have no military training and grew up in a tranquil conflict-free place in suburban America.
It took me four hours.
I received the following email from Jacob Richman:
On Wednesday, August 16, history was made when 520 olimHe posted 276 pictures of this on his website.
arrived in Israel on three Nefesh B'Nefesh flights. The flights
from Canada, the United States and England marked a new record
in Aliyah from the West.
Hundreds of guests, including myself, were on hand to greet the
new olim. The excitement was everywhere and you knew that
history was unfolding before your very eyes.
...We all know fear is contagious. What might be less understood is that calm is also contagious. It’s hard to even want to freak out when no one else is freaking out.There is something else in the air that is contagious.
And it is the reason that Hezbollah may have won the battle, but will lose the war.