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When the trademark American holiday and the most beloved Jewish holiday fall on the same day, expats in Israel find themselves in a real crunch. Here are some foolproof ways for making sure you’re ready for Thanksgivukkah–because it’s now or 70,000 years from now!
For the last month, I’ve been struggling over what I wanted to share regarding my experiences in Israel. While impactful and moving moments made the travel experience rich at times, I sensed a persistent tension and distrust throughout the country. It was a low-lying and lingering fog–cold, eerie, barely visible, yet permeating nearly every location, event, and aspect of life. In reflecting on my emotions and reactions to my time in this new yet historic country, I still find myself conflicted.
As I approached the Zion Gate, the threshold in Jerusalem’s fortifications leading to the Kotel (Western Wall), I had mixed emotions. Over the past 13 years, since I first stepped foot in front of its vast expanse, this place has transformed in my imagination from a shrine of deep religious significance to a place of oppression.
Two weeks ago, my parents, my husband, and I left hot and muggy Tel Aviv for ridiculously hot and dry Eilat. We dropped our stuff off in our hotel rooms and jumped in the pool. My parents were visiting for the week, and even my dad, who rarely goes in the water, couldn’t resist a dip.
Trekking from Nazareth on the first leg of the “Jesus Trail,” I ascend to Zippori National Park, which sits atop a mountain 289 m above sea. The site houses archeological ruins from an ancient Jewish city whose history is much like Israel’s itself; Zippori has experienced a multitude of changes, with civilizations ousting one another in turbulent sequence.