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First-Hand Account


"I remember that in my childhood, every summer, when it came to school vacation time, we each packed a suitcase of clothes and left for Jerusalem. There was a family in Jerusalem with three children, just like us, and we exchanged apartments for the entire summer. For them it was a chance to see the Mediterranean, and for us it was important to my parents that the elders of the family know us, the children, and for us to know where their family lived in Jerusalem. I hated the old road to Jerusalem - it took three hours by bus to get there, and that didn't include the times we had to stop because I was sick and throwing up every few minutes (because of the old winding road to Jerusalem.) So though my parents wanted us to love going to Jerusalem--it was supposed to be a great vacation--but for me I remember how I hated the road to Jerusalem. Of course, once we were there I loved it--the cool fresh air, the smell of the freshly baked bread in the bakery nearby, the chickens in my uncle's yard, and my being urged to eat fresh eggs for breakfast. But,  despite the road and being made to eat breakfast--I loved being in Jerusalem. There was also a special sound to Jerusalem, that was new to me-- the chanting, singing, bells. In the quiet of Jerusalem you could hear the bells of churches, the Muazin calls for prayers, and the chanting that emanated from the Jewish synagogues. Then there were tradesmen pushing their carts, all singing loud in order to be heard. To me, Jerusalem didn't look much, but had the greatest sounds I ever heard. Actually, I travelled a lot during my life, but I've never heard another town that sings - the only one was Jerusalem. Compared to it, Tel Aviv seemed to be very quiet.
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* -- by Aviva M. Neeman, 2008





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