Monday, June 5

WHAT A TRIP!

Having just spent Shavous in the Holy Land is no mean feat. By that, I don’t mean packing all the suitcases, or arranging the house so it doesn’t look the the Amytiville Horror when we come back. No, not at all. What I mean is this: since I didn’t feel Pesach (remember?) I was technically still in Egypt and therefore unprepared to go to get the Torah from Sinai.

Lo and behold, Hubby brought forth tickets and we flew with wings to our ultimate final destination. It was a real Aliyah LeRegel.
Therefore, Shavous was AMAZING!

Everywhere people were discussing cheescakes and going to the Kotel (that was for you PP;) and with being in Jeruaselm and a few good sheurim under my belt, I really felt the energy of the Chag. Maybe I’m just biased but I feel that everything in Jerusalem is stunning; from the melting pot of people to the scenery, to the food. My bones will retain the heat of the sun and my high will surely make the transition of the yeridah back home easier.

I will just keep replaying the video in my minds eye of my little one by the Kotel repeating Tehilim after me with her little dimpled hand clutching the ancient stone. I had to talk her out of collecting all the little notes that were spilling out of the wall and explain that each one was a Tefillah in itself. She walked away from the the Kotel backwards, accepting that we don’t turn our backs on the Shechina.

So young, yet it made sense to her. Sometimes it’s so clear to see recognition of what the Malach taught us in utero. The younger someone is, the closer they are to that truth. It is only age that sometimes brings with it opacity and cynicism.

I have so much Hakaras Hotov to have been able to be in H’aair Hakodosh Yerushalyim for this wonderful Chag.
B’ezras Hashem may we all be Zoche to ALL our Yom Tovim there!

46 Comments:

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Limey2001 said...

AMEN!!! well if not we can all go to Gateshead home of the 1 Hour shavous night!

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger the only way i know said...

I second the notion that the little kids inspire us so much!
especially the ones who like to collect the little kotel notes :)

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger Bonnie B said...

I know it's nice to get away, but it's also so nice to have you back.

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger kollel mama said...

Have you ever heard a shiur or a piece of Torah and just felt amazing about it thinking "wow!this is so beautiful!"? They say it's your neshama actually remembering learning this from when you were taught in utero.So it's sort of a flashback of the old times

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

I am so jealous lucky you!

 
At 9:19 PM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

Kasamba how wonderful!

Kollel Mama - I didnt know that, I ahve certainly felt that and now that you meantion it, it sounds amazing!

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Limey:
I'm game for Gateshead!

Theonlyway:
Yeah, it's nice to look at things through their eyes.

Bonnie:
Thanks, that means alot to me.

Kollelmama:
that is actually my favourite inyan!
As the gemara says; 'ner daluk al rosho' a light is shone over the fetus's head and a malach shows him the whole world and teaches him the entire Torah. When the baby is born, the malach then touches the baby over its mouth leaving the imprint above its lips, causing the baby to forget everything it was taught. Therefore, whenever we learn a bit of Torah we have the sense of recognition.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger s.J. said...

glad you had a good trip.

first time?

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Youre soo lucky...
Shavuos is so beautiful in Yerushalayim..
iy'h next year!

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Socialworker:
Come with us next time:)!

Frumgirl:
Thanks!
Oh, and to add on to what I wrote to kollelMama- Rabbi Tatz also says that when a person dies one of the malachim that come to greet him, will look familiar and as he gets closer, the person will recognise him as the malach who taught him in utero. That malach basically will ask that person if they realised the potential that was put into him. Fab, huh?

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

David:
Amen!
B'ezras Hashem next year!

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Sj;
Nope, I go quite often, but it was little Cucumbers first time, and it was special to see it through her eyes!

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Asparagus said...

an wat am I?
chopped liver?



xxx

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Asparagus;
You are one of my most favourite vegetables!

So get off the computer and go to bed.
NOW.

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

WOW..... that's great! you are so verrrry lucky.

It's funny. This Shavuous I was just recounting my Shavuous in Israel experiences.
There is no feeling in the world quite like standing in front of the Kotel before netz and watching people stream in from every direction. literally, "ma'arba kanfos ha'aretz". topping that off with birkat kohanim.
The only bad part was the walk back afterwards, but WOW, what an experience.

I miss Israel!

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger tafka PP said...

Ooh, I do love a nice cliquey in-joke!

Well I personally hope all your vegetables would prefer proximity to the Kotel over a one-hour Leil Shavuot in Gateshead- but if you do go to the Choshuve Yichus Capital of the North next year, send it my very very best -and feel free to send Asparagus over to hang out in the holy city with me. I'll watch my language ;-)

Jerusalem misses you!

PP

 
At 11:59 PM, Blogger the only way i know said...

May I send asparagus a kiss good night?
lol

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Nemo said...

Are you with me that cheesecake in Israel is horrible? I spent a ear there and couldn't stand the stuff. It was too thin and liquidy and didn't have the proper creamy and butterlike texture that the classic Shavuos treat is supposed to have. It lacks flavor too.

Shavuos was my favorite time in Israel, but the cheescake situation definitely ruined it a bit.

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger Amishav said...

That sounds like an amazing experience. I will be at the Kotel soon and I can't wait to Daven there. And one day I will go there with my sons so that all of us may pray together. Glad you are back safe and sound.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

I will:).

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

amen.

i am glad that you had a wonderful & meaningful time in israel. bieng in yerushalayim for any of the chagim is an amazing experience :)

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger kasamba said...

Frum Idealist:
Yup, Israel is the best!

TafkaPP:
I thought you would, my propitious prized parrot!
Ta, me luv!
(I miss it too!)

The only way:
I passed it on!

Nemo:
I didn't know if the cheescake is bad there or I'm just an incredible baker!

Amishav:
Thank yoou- your sons will olve it!

Socialworker:
I look forward!

Sarah:
It was just as you described- wonderful and meaningful!

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger jim said...

Well, I couldn't go, but thanks to your post, I feel it. Wonderful, and the whole things, amazing to my imagination. You did a great job of bringing it back home with you. Thanks.

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

So cool you got to spend Shevuos in such a special place.

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger kasamba said...

Jim:
Next year!
Thanks!

Prag:
Way cool!

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger anonym00kie said...

that was so beautiful to read, really made me miss israel and the kotel

oooooof now i miss israel!

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger notahottie said...

i'm with mookie, that was beautiful but now i'm homesick! but i'm really happy for you that you were able to go. can't wait til we have enough $, kids are old enough, etc. to go!

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger kishmech said...

Good to have you back. Chopped liver?

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Anym00kie:
Thanks- I miss it now too!

Notahottie;
It's easier when the kids are bigger- it's only a four and half hour flight from here!

Kish:
Thanks sheifele!
She does get a complex sometimes!

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Sounds like a fantabulous trip! I am very envious.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

btw, I thought your follow up comment, re: the malach that taught you, meeting you is more scary than anything else.
Who among us reaches his/her potential?

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Psychotoddler:
Yes it was FANTABULOUS!

a Frum Idealist:
I think the question should be: who among us knows their potential?

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Sorry I missed you - maybe next time...

...and to think, I'm in the UK now for a day as well, leaving in a few hours, and didn't see you here either! ;-)

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger Limey2001 said...

Since you dont leave your email i'll just post for the public...
If artichoke needs to watch any Arsenal, cup matches etc. The lads get together round the telly (no ale or bitters though) in brooklyn. He is more then welcome to join.......

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Limey2001 said...

we got a fab 50in hdtv flat screen......

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

there was a rebbe who took his talmidim to the window and showed them the street below and pointed out the cemetary. The talmidim were perplexed, there was no cemetary there, just the street.
The rebbe said, look closely at the foreheads of the people walking by, on each one is written, "Here lies...."
It sounds much better in hebrew "Po Nitman....".
all of the lost potential, unfortunately, buried within us.

 
At 2:36 AM, Blogger the sabra said...

kasamba, can you please email your hachlata of shmiras halashon and your full hebrew name to MakingReiziProud@Gmail.com?

Thanks a lot.

 
At 6:51 AM, Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

Glad you had fun.

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Scraps said...

I love what you wrote. I wish I could have been there.... I was only in E"Y for Shavuot once, and it was just amazing.

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Jameel:
Oooh! Sorry I missed you too!

Limey:
I'll pass on the message!

AFrumIdealist:
Great story!
so true.

Sabra:
Will do Bli Neder!

Ivnsm:
Thanks, it was!

Scraps:
Next time I'm taking you with me!

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger HanginUp said...

I have NEVER been to Israel - can you believe that?! What a waste of 32 years!! Gotta get me to Israel!!

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger kasamba said...

Hanginup:
Nu, what are you waiting for?

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger Limey2001 said...

im sure you will ;}

 
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