addendum to 'aliyah'...

I just finished reading Irina's account of her first visit to Israel. She said something very important, which expresses what I wanted to say in my last post: Israel is a memory. When a Jew first arrives there, looking at it from the window of the airplane even, he feels as if he has been there before, that he has known it before. That just about sums it up. We've been there before, sometime, somewhere. Is is in our minds.
Is that a collective memory for all Jews? Suffice it to say, we really all were at Sinai...

Comments

kasamba said…
Kabalisticly speaking, all Jews are fractions of the same soul so we all share that memory. It's an intrinsic part of our spiritual DNA.
Yes...
Except Sinai is not in Israel...
Lady-Light said…
Kasamba:
I like your expression, 'spiritual DNA'; hopefully, we ARE all part of the same soul (even though some people haven't recognized that in themselves, yet...)
David:
Interesting that you say that; I was thinking the same thing-about Sinai not being part of Eretz Yisrael-as I wrote it. We were all at Sinai receiving the Torah, and the Covenant between Hashem and the Jewish People which included the giving of the Land of Israel. So, even though technically it[[Sinai]isn't, the information received was. It is our spiritual memory, as Kasamba says.
Does that explanationspeak to you at all (absolutely NO sarcasm intended here, by the way)?
Sure we were all there and we all are like limbs of one body responsible for one another.
jim said…
The burning bush wasn't in Israel either, that is a S and N senah, and Mount Sinai, same S and N, sinai. That S means outer focus, or the focus from outside on the coming 'important matters', Moshe knew that. Then the N, this is the 'long awaited day', the making of the Time, 3nd verse, day 4 of creation. The Real thing is focused from without and then brought about, entered into.

Hope you all don't mind. Thanks.
jim said…
Didn't you have an Israel clock here a few days/nites ago? I saw it somewhere, I thought here, came back to get one, gone? was this you?
the sabra said…
are u talkin about the one that jameel had? (muqata.blogspot.com) if im totally off, just ignore :)
ayala said…
Are you trying to make my home bound Israel lacking summer look worse than it really is? Do you know how many of my friends suitcases I seriously considered packing myself into these past few weeks? But no, don't worry about me, just go along and have the conversation. Ignore my denial if you must. I'll be ok.
Lady-Light said…
hahaha. You guys are a riot! It really gives me a lift to read all your comments! I called my two sons in H------ in Israel this a.m.to talk and wish them a Shabbat Shalom, and got such a 'chizuk' from each one, it was amazing.
AYALA: I think you DO have an idea how much I miss Israel! And, you are DEFINITELY part of our conversation! (I refuse to ignore your denial!)
JIM: That WAS my site which had the Israel clock! I saw it on Jameel's site (yes, Sabra - and, long time no HEAR from you)and loved it; tried to do the html stuff and when I saw the preview, the time was wrong! So I had it up for two seconds (maybe three) and took it down. Does anyone know how many hours from GMT Israel is?? Maybe I had that wrong;
ayala said…
And I have never even been yet. I can't imagine how much you miss it being that you have a more reality based idea of what you are missing. But do we have to ignore the denial? That was working so well for me:)
Lakewood Venter said…
Yes, it is amazing that feeling of "returning" upon seeing Israel from the airplane window!
jim said…
Yes it was your blog, I thought so, I saw it like a quick flash, as I was leaving the blog, came back a few minutes later, gone, wanted one.

Then read Sabra's note, checked out her blog, got caught up in that and from there, Jameel, no clock, but the best post I ever read, never got the clock. Nice to have the mystery solved, thanks.

Maybe I'll get one. My friend Jewish Endeavour blog has got the 'headlines' insert from Jerusalem Post, I would like to have that too, it is on her website Jewish Tanakh, links at my blogs.

And I was thinking of a radio, classical music, or Hassidic maybe, from Israel.
Lakewood Venter said…
Hey lady L. check out the winners of my caption contest. I think you will be happy with my selections. :-)
Lady-Light said…
LV: Were you able to send that Tzedakah yet?? Was the info I gave you enough?

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