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Two worlds merging

Friday, 28 March, 2014 - 11:53 am

Dear friends,

I'm writing to you from the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, while participating in "The Land and the Spirit" tour of Israel, with ten other members of the Vancouver Island Jewish community.

There is so much to say about the last few days on so many levels that I really don't know where to begin...

For now, I'll share with you a defining moment on the first day of our mission.

As you may know, my home town is in the city of Tzfat. I was born and raised in a town where everywhere I looked was Jewish, its history its presence and its future. Very different than the life experience in Victoria...

This life is so different that whenever I come back to visit Israel I feel as if I'm landing on a different planet - what is the reality of life in one place is the most ridiculous in the other. A world apart.

When ascending into the Galilee mountains on our first day in Israel I stood by the front of the bus and looked back, seeing my dear friends from the Victoria Jewish community - the worlds were merging. At that moment I felt that I'm closing this gap for the first time. Tzfat and Victoria, Israel and British Columbia came together. I don't feel as if I'm living two lives anymore...

At that moment I felt the depth of our connection as Jews, that transcends any physical place. Victoria and Tzfat are not so far anymore. The essence of our being is the same on the hills of Tzfat as on the shores of Vancouver Island.

Here, this retaliation makes a lot of sense, I hope in Victoria it does too...

From the holy city of Jerusalem - Shabbat Shalom!

Comments on: Two worlds merging

Mikaël Malka wrote...

Wishing you a wonderful stay in ha'aretz

Don Morris wrote...

Here's to merging...
I'd love to visit Tzfat one day!
Safe journey home!
Thanks for the photo blog too~

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

Dear Rabbi,
Great photo! Having lived in Tzfat for some time, I fully understand the deep connection one feels from any vantage point. As well, it is understandable, the longing one feels after leaving a place that was once home. It is heartwarming to hear how worlds intersect and merge giving new perspectives and reality.
Shabbat Shalom,

Gerald Stanford wrote...

Rabbi Meir, Shalom,
As I read your words It was as if I was in Tzfat with you, such a lovely city and with so much to see in its compressed space. Have a wonderfull Mission journey, and give our love to your Mother. Mazal Tov and Chag Sameach! Shalom Shalom Gerry

Malca Casiro wrote...

Time heals but also time teaches!