Yael's Holy Land Reflections

A Woman of Strength

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Understanding the Passover Story

March 31, 2021


This week, the Jewish people continue their celebration of Passover, the story of God’s deliverance of His people from bondage in Israel. Writing for our friends at Townhall, Yael explains how making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) and raising a family have helped this biblical story come alive for her:

The story of Passover and the miraculous escape from Egypt always captivated me as a child. Yet it was after some critical moments in my adult life that the vivid imagery from Passover truly came alive.

When my husband and I moved from North America to Israel, we believed with all our hearts that Israel is where we are meant to be. We fully appreciated the blessing of a Jewish homeland knowing that generations of Jews had suffered nearly 2,000 years of oppression in the Diaspora, and we felt God tugging at our heartstrings, telling us that Israel is our true home.

Yet, despite these reassuring thoughts, it was hard to say goodbye to everything and everyone we had always known and step into the unknown. It took a huge leap of faith to board a plane on a one-way ticket to Israel for a life we could never have imagined.

Choosing change over comfort, and the unfamiliar over what is known, has never been easy…

With blessings from the Holy Land,

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Yael Eckstein


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