Back from Israel…

August 17, 2007          Comments (0)

Wow! All I can say is Israel is an absolutely gorgeous place. I had some amazing experiences that I will never forget.

In the past 10 days I swam in the Dead Sea, rode a camel, made a wish at the Wailing Wall, slept under the most insane sky, went to Jerusalem, went to Tel-Aviv, heard a survivor of the Holocaust tell her story, met someone who believes in what he is doing more than anyone I’ve ever met, ate some weird foods, met some extremely interesting people, heard some amazing stories and visited so many cool places and things.

But for me, what I’ll remember most, is the people that I experienced all of this with. It’s amazing how close you can get with people by riding around in a tour bus for 9 straight days, not sleeping that much, going out with them, staying in the same hotels and ultimately experiencing the same life changing, mind opening 10 days together.

One of the questions that fascinates me most is why are we here and how did we get here. I was hoping to get some more clarity on these; the most perplexing, mind boggling questions of all time.

Of course, no one really knows the answer. Everyone believes in their ‘God’ and that the stories and events that have formed their religion is the way it all happened. Personally, I’m not a big fan of organized religion.

Almost every single war is based on religion. Millions and millions of people have been killed by other people for defending ideas they think are right.

Think about that.

We all are given one shot at life. Forget religion, forget race, forget how much money you make, forget it all. We are given this one shot at life to make the most of it and we – human beings – kill other human beings?

More to come. A lot more.

P.S. If you are Jewish and under 27 years old, you should sign up for Birthright. There is absolutely no reason in the world not to go. In fact, If you are reading this blog than you are an open minded person. So, do yourself a favor and take advantage of this amazing opportunity! You won’t regret it.

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