I used to wonder how someone could be drawn to a little strip of land in the desert. What power does it hold over someone, like me, who has never been there, never stepped one foot in its borders? What is it about Israel that has drawn people to it for thousands of years?

Israel is a place that has my heart. Every fiber of my being feels connected to Israel. For lack of a better word, Israel is home. I see pictures of Jerusalem and feel homesick. I see videos of Israel and feel homesick. There is a longing in the depths of my soul to be there.

Israel is not perfect, far from it. It has the same problems every other country has. Racism, poverty, etc and so on exist everywhere. Israel is not immune or unique. What makes Israel different (to me, at least) is that this little strip of land in the desert has, in a little over 60 years, pulled itself up from nothing to a multicultural modern society. How remarkable! Even with attacks and threats almost daily, Israel thrives. Israel survives.

I dont try even try to explain it anymore: Israel is a part of me and hopefully, one day, I will be a part of Israel. And when that day happens, I will shed tears of joy.