September 25 was a special day in Jerusalem. The holiday of Sukkot brought thousands of Israelis to Jerusalem, but something else was making its way up the mountains toward the holy city. The first stage of the electric train connecting Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – from Ben-Gurion Airport to the capital – has opened!In the works for decades, the train is likely to change the relationship between 110-year-old Tel Aviv and 3,000-year-old Jerusalem. Two cities, an hour drive apart (barring traffic issues) – but with different narratives and perception. The inauguration of the train marks the fulfillment of yet another element of Theodor Herzl’s dream. The father of Zionism outlined his vision for the Jewish State in his 1902 utopian novel The Old New Land (in Nahum Sokolow’s Hebrew translation “Tel Aviv,” after which the city founded seven years later was named). In the book, two men, Kingscourt and Löwenberg, visit Palestine and observe its destitute emptiness. They return two decades later once the Jewish State is established, and are stunned by its accomplishments.