Valentine’s Day in Israel

Valentine’s Day in Israel

Valentine’s Day is approaching. Even Israel isn’t exempt from the commercialization of secular holidays. I was recently walking through a popular mall in Yerushalayim and noticed all the pinks and reds, hearts and stuffed teddy bears, the chocolate kisses and red roses. My first thought was “Am I in an American mall or an Israeli one?” But then I thought, love is love. What’s the difference? So, I personally might not celebrate Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t mean others can’t. In fact, the mall looked really pretty and so cheerful. And in today’s day in Israel and the world at large, that’s the type of message that should be spread- regardless of its origin- the message of love.

There is too much hatred in the world to be upset over hearts and chocolate candies. If the whole world loved each other, we wouldn’t be scared to just walk around. Truth is, I’m not as scared as I was. I’m getting used to being vigilant and prepared. We need to live life. And live it to its fullest potential. And don’t waste our days away.

While I was window shopping in the mall, I noticed other things too. I noticed people of every nationality sitting side by side in cafes and restaurants eating the best foods Israel has to offer. I noticed conversations and tried to pick up on the accent, so I don’t sound so silly when I speak in my broken Hebrew- I really am getting better at it though, and no I was not eavesdropping! I saw Chayalim walking through, maybe enjoying a break, or maybe patrolling. And I noticed all the beautiful clothing and shoes I would love to buy- impressed that Israel is totally up to date with the fashion trends.

What really stuck out beyond all the pink and red were the signs- in Hebrew. Because even though Valentine’s was all over the forefront of the mall, looking beyond, there were stores selling Shabbat items, welcome signs, home décor- all in Hebrew. And it hit me: I’m in Israel. I’m walking through a mall in Israel. Sometimes I want to rub my eyes and believe that it’s actually true.  It’s a dream I never want to wake up from. Others might think that it’s silly for me to get excited over seeing signs in Hebrew, but I don’t think so. I absolutely love living in a Jewish Homeland with Hebrew as the nationally spoken language. I love it!

And the main takeaway point is, the mall was full. Israel is thriving. The world wants to break Israel down- but the Israelis don’t give in to terror or threats. Israelis live. Israel will always live. So even though Valentine’s is a secular holiday, big deal. Love is what matters. And Israel needs to feel the Love. They need to feel the love from within, and the love from abroad. So eat a chocolate kiss to show your love for Israel. Because Israel loves you!

Feel free to add messages of Love to Israel in the comment section as well! 😉

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I moved my family to Israel on August 23, 2015 from New Jersey, USA. My blog focuses on all the amazing experiences I come across while navigating through our new life in Israel. My other focus is to highlight the positivity of Israel to help inspire others to one day make the move too. If you have any questions about moving to Israel, please feel free to reach out on the Contact Me page or to my email TovaInIsraelBlog@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you! Watch Tova In Israel as she is interviewed by Nachum Segal on the Nachum Segal Network: https://youtu.be/c5c7dRrCo0U

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4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day in Israel

  1. I made Aliyah a year ago, an I still feel the same way as you. Not only when I look at hebrew words written all around me, also when I see the star of David, hamsas, or symbols from the jagim being sold as a normal item, in between every other normal item. It makes me feel like home, even though I need some time to understand what the signs say.

    1. I completely agree! And welcome to Israel too! Which part do you live in?

      1. I’m in Kfar Saba. I don’t think we will be in Kfar Saba for long, but we’ll see. Thanks for everything you write, I love reading your posts.

      2. Wow! Thank you for that message! It’s hard to know who actually reads my posts 🙂 I just see the numbers…so I definitely appreciate you saying that!! 🙂 Good luck figuring things out! Let me know if you have any questions in regards to Yerushalayim…my experience doesn’t go beyond that…

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