Ten days in Israel; thank you Birthright Foundation

I seem to always be writing about some dumbass reality show or competition, some celebrity that cheated or some other silly thing that doesn’t really mean much. But yesterday as my two daughters left on an airplane to fly halfway around the world to Israel, I had a zillion different thoughts running through my head.

Thoughts that in the grand scheme of things are much more important to me than who will win American Idol this week.
For people that are unaware of what the “Birthright” is, The BirthrightIsrael.com foundation provides the following:

“Taglit-Birthright Israel provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Taglit-Birthright Israel’s founders created this program to send thousands of young Jewish adults from all over the world to Israel as a gift in order to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry; and to strengthen participants’ personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people.”

It’s almost hard to comprehend that my girls have the opportunity to not only travel to Israel but that it is a trip offered free of charge. Ten days filled with education, religion, new friendships and the chance to explore their true roots is amazing to me. 

It’s also the first time that they have ever traveled together without Mom and Dad Yes, they have gone on trips with their friends and other events that have taken them away from home (you know, like college, stuff like that) but this is so vastly different to me. 

They are going to see things I have only dreamed of seeing and do things I have never had the chance to do. We always say we want our children to have opportunities to do things that we weren’t able to. My life’s goal has always been for my girls to seize everyday, to let no chance go untaken. 

The only problem with that is letting go. I have a hard time with that and this trip was the ultimate for me. I may have felt different if it were just one going, but together made it altogether different. 

So for the next ten days I am going to just write about their trip. Their experiences and how I feel about it and miss them. They just called.  They spent the afternoon at the Aquaduct of Caesarea which first was built by Herod from 37BC to 4 BC. This blows my mind. The oldest thing built around here is probably Bill’s Pub. So while I am here living in the present, my girls are in a sense going back in time and exploring not just the roots of their religion, but the roots of some of mankind itself. 

I think the Birthright foundation needs to have a trip for us older folks.  

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