I was in Jerusalem today (and just got back in Tel Aviv to sleep) and I have to say that I am constantly awed by the diversity and strength of Jewish life here.  Coming from an American Jewish context, seeing this diversity and coexistence of so many different minhags - as well as a strong secular Jewish tradition which is even stronger than secular Yiddish culture in the United States was at its height - is really astounding.  This isn’t my first trip to Israel, and certainly won’t be my last, but I have to say that this trip has helped cement my decision to become more religious; I’ve wrapped teffilin each time I was asked, my Hebrew is improving, and seeing Jewish sites that I had never before has honestly left me speechless.

Just wanted to say that I love my people and Am Yisrael Chai.