The hammer strikes back
Tonight, I am packing my bags in preparation for leaving Israel. For the first time in a year I will be returning to visit my parents in Ventura, California. I will be going with my little sister, who is spending the year in Israel. Our visit will be for one week, where we will also celebrate my cousin Alyssa's Bat-Mitzvah.
After a difficult half-year on kibbutz Lotan, I returned to Jerusalem. I then went on an excellent trip to Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland. While in Eastern Europe, it was nice to see people waiting in lines and to be amongst non-Jews again, eating pork for breakfast and drinking beer for lunch. To a certain extent it reminded me of California, where I always lived amongst non-Jews. Because I am not religious I didn't stand out and therefore didn't experience the prevalent anti-Semitism in these countries.
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