Because the college essay is meant to re- flect all that's important to you in your world and in your life, I - and every other Israel-connected Jewish kid in America - excitedly want to market ourselves through a description of our passionate devotion to the ancient stones of the Western Wall, the spiritual intensity of Tzfat, the sparkle and unparalleled vitality of the promenade in Tel Aviv at night, and the extraordinary diversity of the Israeli people. Evidently, way too many of us want to write about ourselves through Israel.During my semester in Israel in middle school, and again last year, as well as during numerous organized trips and family visits, I have watched my generation fill the beaches of Eilat, the shops along Ben-Yehuda Street, the museums in the Galilee and the synagogues in the Old City. I have heard the ruach - the "spirit" - of "high school and college students as they dance through the streets of Jerusalem and, like the halutzim, spend some time digging in the soil and planting trees.
Best Gift She Ever Got: Time Spent in Israel Samara Gordon Jewish Exponent; Sep 24, 2009; 226, 27; Docstoc pg. 26 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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