Today was a day of Raw emotion. Today we got the chance to visit the Aish Building. A magnificent structure perched just above the Kotel (The Western Wall). We started the day listening to Lori describe different kind of personalities…And Lori… I am pretty sure that I am a Bracha TOV..
I must admit that I thought I would not be as into all of these lectures (before I came on the trip)…But I have hung on every word so far..After our morning meeting, we were given an opportunity to meet women who have made the decision to move to Israel and raise their families here. The explained their reasons and told us about their lives and how “content they are” It was a lovely morning.
But after lunch is when I felt like I peeled off all of my outer layers and exposed my raw emotions . And it came up on me without any warning. We walked from Aish to the Kotel. I had a bag of notes to stick into the cracks…which were already dripping with notes. But luckily I found some spaces to place them. Then I placed my hand on the wall, and thought. Thought about my Dad, about my sister-in-law, about friends and family….and from deep down, the tears began to fall. They were not sad tears…The were tears of enlightenment! Not Shiedel and long skirt forever type of enlightenment…But “Wow” I really do feel connected to somehting….kind of enlightenment. And it was awesome.
After we went and toured the old city. A place that has seen destruction and rejuvenation, disaster and delight…And for a moment I felt the glory of being in israel. It was a day of nonstop events. The Tunnel Tour was unbelievabel. As was our Tour Guide ETON. He was interesting and passionate…and kept us interested. Which let me tell you was hard. WE have been going for nearly 72 hours on a very little amount of sleep. The emotions of being there filled me with such joy, such saddness, such elation and such wonder. I felt many things there. I felt my Dad, Steven and Sharon, and most of all something I never felt before — a new connection, an additional connection…I will cherish every minute of it