Israel is my Valentine.

And I’m head over heels in love.

Sure, it’s complicated sometimes — sometimes we disagree.

Sometimes there are things I wish were different… especially when I’m “in line” (hahahahahahaha) at the bank, or ‘stuck in traffic’ at the checkout line at Rami Levi on a Friday afternoon…

We love Israel

But that’s love in all it’s glory: A little messy, exasperating at times… but soooo worth it.

The thing is, when you love Israel, you have to learn to share because so many others feel the same way. But whatever – I’m open-minded:

 

 

I <3 Israel.  Photo by Federico Kremenchuzky

I Photo by Federico Kremenchuzky

 

We wear our heart on our... trees. Photo by Sarah Berkley.

For wearing our heart on our… trees. Photo by Sarah Berkley.

 

Moments like these. Photo by Yaniv Singer.

For moments like these.
Photo by Yaniv Singer.

 

For winter sunsets... Photo by William Daroff.

For winter sunsets…
Photo by William Daroff.

 

 

For "Layla Lavan" when Tel Aviv stays up alllll night.

For “Layla Lavan” when Tel Aviv stays up alllll night.

 

For pomegranates.  Photo by Yael Katz

For pomegranates.
Photo by Yael Katz

 

Stunning sunsets. Photo by Devorah Levine

For stunning sunsets.
Photo by Devorah Levine

 

Gorgeous. Photo by Daniel Hoffman.

For gorgeousness.
Photo by Daniel Hoffman.

 

 

From generation to generation... Photo by Eunice Driver

For sweet moments….
Photo by Eunice Driver

 

For fighting the Evil Eye... Photo by Yael Katz

For fighting the Evil Eye…
Photo by Yael Katz

 

Riding off into the sunset. Photo by Erica Schain

For riding off into the sunset.
Photo by Erica Schain

 

For its hummus...

For its hummus…

 

Where does the sea stop and the sky begin? Photo by Yaniv Singer

For not knowing where the sea stops and the sky begins…
Photo by Yaniv Singer

 

Where old meets new...

For the intersection where Old meets New.

 

The grottoes of Rosh HaNikra. Photo by Felix Markman.

For the grottoes of Rosh HaNikra.
Photo by Felix Markman.

 

For its windmills...

For its windmills…

 

 

For the sunrise over Masada Photo by Victor Dewey

For the sunrise over Masada
Photo by Victor Dewey

 

For its music... Photo by Zahava D. Englard

For its music…
Photo by Zahava D. Englard

 

 

Sufganiyot. Enough said.
For sufganiyot. Pure and simple. Or with sprinkles.

 

Epic stretch of Hula Valley

For the stretch of Hula Valley

 

For the art... Photo by Melinda Bokor

For the art…
Photo by Melinda Bokor

 

 

The coffee here is the best.

For the best coffee in the world.

 

For camels... Photo by Zevie Tannenbaum

For camels…
Photo by Zevie Tannenbaum

 

For that epic moment before the plane lands at Ben Gurion Airport... Photo by Jenna Nowlan

For that epic moment before the plane lands at Ben Gurion Airport…
Photo by Jenna Nowlan

 

 

For the freedom children have...

For the freedom children have…

 

Poppies blooming in the Ella Valley. Photo by Amanda Borschel-Dan

For poppies blooming in the Ella Valley.
Photo by Amanda Borschel-Dan

 

For trash and treasures... Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

For trash and treasures…
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

 

For views like these... Photo by Toby Rosner

For views like these…
Photo by Toby Rosner

 

 

Lovely.  Photo by Jonathan Meola.
For sweet moments….
Photo by Jonathan Meola.

 

For Kol Nidre in Tel Aviv... Photo by Marc Goldberg

For Kol Nidre in Tel Aviv…
Photo by Marc Goldberg

 

For Spring blossoms... Photo by Leora Leeder

For Spring blossoms…
Photo by Leora Leeder

 

For being able to touch history... Photo by Victor Dewey

For being able to touch history at Masada
Photo by Victor Dewey

 

For signs of Ahava - Love. Photo submitted by Susie Burger.

For signs of Ahava – Love.
Photo submitted by Susie Burger.

 

For this... Photo by Richard Behar

For this…
Photo by Richard Behar

 

For the strength of its people... Photo by Isaac Seinuk

For the strength of its people…
Photo by Isaac Seinuk

 

For Haifa... Photo by Amnon Bendoli

For Haifa…
Photo by Amnon Bendoli

 

For beauty.... Photo submitted by Jessica Snapper

For its beauty.
Photo submitted by Jessica Snapper.

 

 

For graffiti with a spiritual message...

For graffiti with a spiritual message…

 

For messages of coexistence... Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

For messages of coexistence…
Photo by Paula Kantor

 

For not giving up on Gilad Shalit.  Photo by Yehonatan Etzion.

For not giving up on Gilad Shalit.
Photo by Yehonatan Etzion.

 

For its history...

For its history…

Where disco meets wedding... Photo by Jade Fenster

For weddings…Photo by Jade Fenster

 

Cozy moments when snow falls and you're warm inside. Photo by Chaya Gross

For cozy moments when snow falls and you’re warm inside.
Photo by Chaya Gross

 

For our Israeli mothers...

For our Israeli mothers…

 

 

No hiding our menorahs here!  Photo by Glen Feder.

For not hiding our menorahs here! Photo by Glen Feder.

 

For that intersection between secular and observant... Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

For that intersection between secular and observant…
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

 

A long stretch of highway into the desert near Kibbutz Lotan. Photo by Erica Schain

For a long stretch of highway into the desert near Kibbutz Lotan.
Photo by Erica Schain

 

This.  Photo by Serena Povia

For this.
Photo by Serena Povia

 

 

Where the conversation flows at 2 am...

For conversations flowing late into the night…

 

This isn't Gringotts... This is Israel. Photo by Ethan Katz

For nature. No, this isn’t Gringotts… This is Israel.
Photo by Ethan Katz

 

Yes. This really is Israel. Photo by Laura Ben-David.

For snow. And yes, this really is Israel.
Photo by Laura Ben-David.

 

A boy and his flag.  Photo by Rahel Sharon Jaskow

For celebration.
Photo by Rahel Sharon Jaskow

 

Bliss. Photo by Corinne Berzon

For bliss.
Photo by Corinne Berzon

 

Lone soldiers making Aliyah.  Photo by William Daroff.

For Lone Soldiers making Aliyah.
Photo by William Daroff.

 

Where Shabbat is a given.

For  Shabbat.

 

For peace signs... Photo by Sharon Altshul

For peace signs…
Photo by Sharon Altshul

 

 

Where there is time for quiet reflection...  Photo by Marna Becker

For time for quiet reflection…
Photo by Marna Becker

 

For bright colors... Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

For bright colors…
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

 

A lovely street... Photo by Sarah Berkley.

A lovely street…
Photo by Sarah Berkley.

 

Water War!!!! Photo by Guy Prives.

For Water War!!!!
Photo by Guy Prives.

 

For variety in the shuk. Photo by Nili Neuss

For variety in the shuk.
Photo by Nili Neuss

 

Classic. Submitted by Josiah Ching.

For sheer awesomeness.
Submitted by Josiah Ching.

 

 

#onlyinIsrael

For the little #onlyinIsrael moments

 

A magnificent aerial view of the Old City. Photo by David Katz

For a magnificent aerial view of the Old City. Photo by David Katz

 

We can always use a rainbow...

For rainbows…
Photo by Noa Ben-Jacob

 

 

Ah-may-zing view of the Sea of Galilee Photo by Eric Schorr.

For this sublime view of the Sea of Galilee
Photo by Eric Schorr.

 

Gorgeous, right? Photo by Sarah Berkley.

For the pretty.
Photo by Sarah Berkley.

 

A sweeping view of the Jezreel Valley from ancient Tsippori. Photo by Nili M. Zaharony

For a sweeping view of the Jezreel Valley from ancient Tsippori.
Photo by Nili M. Zaharony

 

 

Where you turn a corner and find yourself in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Yaniv Salama

For turning a corner and finding yourself in Fiddler on the Roof.
Photo by Yaniv Salama

 

 

Views of Biblical proportion. Photo by David Zlotnick.

For views of Biblical proportion.
Photo by David Zlotnick.

 

For enchanted forests…
Photo bySarah Tuttle-Singer

 

Lush and green mountains. Photo by Natan Epstein

For lush and green mountains.
Photo by Natan Epstein

 

Delicious! Photo by Irene Rabinowitz.

For making our mouths water!
Photo by Irene Rabinowitz.

 

Industry and agriculture... and a rainbow in between. Photo by Daniel Seaman.

For industry and agriculture… and a rainbow in between.
Photo by Daniel Seaman.

 

 

A lovely moment... Photo by Noa Ben-Jacob

For this lovely moment…
Photo by Noa Ben-Jacob

 

Mazel Tovvvv!!!! Submitted by Koby Benmeleh

For knowing how to party.
Submitted by Koby Benmeleh

 

Beautiful winter... Photo by Natan Epstein.

For stunning winters…
Photo by Natan Epstein.

 

Wow. Just, wow.  Photo by Gabriele Manasse -

For Wow… Just, wow.
Photo by Gabriele Manasse -

 

For Springtime on Mount Arbel Photo by Josh Fisher

For Springtime on Mount Arbel
Photo by Josh Fisher

 

For its rainbows. Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

For its rainbows.
Photo by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

 

 

For messages like these... Photo by Miryam Schattner

For messages like these…
Photo by Miryam Schattner

 

 

... And for messages like these.  Photo by Toby Rosner.

… And for messages like these.
Photo by Toby Rosner.

 

 

This love post is SOOO not finished – if you want to be featured here, send me your photos… sarah@timesofisrael.com.

 

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