Sometimes, getting out of the house and away from our everyday surroundings is the thing that we need at that particular moment.
In 1992, the gang from Saved by the Bell left California for a vacation in Hawaii. The TV movie was entitled Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style. Kelly Kapowski’s (Tiffani Thiessen) grandfather owns a hotel in Honolulu. Harry Bannister (Dean Jones) has invited his granddaughter and her friends (chaperoned by Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins)) to enjoy their time off at the Hawaiian Hideaway. But as usual with SBTB, it is more than a week to chill and enjoy each other’s company. Unless Harry can save the Hideaway, he will be forced to close his hotel. It is, therefore, up to the kids to save the day.
Is it Shakespeare? Obviously not. But it is on brand for the series, taking fans out of Bayside High and into a larger world.
Let me begin by asking a question. Based upon the picture above, can you guess the city?
C. Tel Aviv
If your answer was C, then you are correct.
Let me tell you about the time I spent in Israel.
I have been there twice in my life. The first visit was as a teenager, the second was ten years later.
Israel is a small country, it’s no bigger than New Jersey. But in it’s compactness lies it’s greatness.
The food is amazing. Instead of McDonalds and Burger King at every rest stop, they have falafel and schwarma. Breakfast is not just cereal and milk or a bagel with cream cheese. It’s salad and tuna and eggs.
The people are very friendly and as diverse as any large city in the United States. The beaches are absolutely stunning. Walking barefoot into the Mediterranean sea while the North East Of the United States was engulfed in winter was heaven.
My two favorite places to visit were the Western Wall and Masada. There is an energy around the Western Wall, as if there is a direct line to G-d. I was fortunate to climb Masada at dawn. It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but also the most rewarding. I have never seen a more beautiful sunrise than the one at Masada.
It’s no secret that the media distorts many things, including what is going on in Israel. There are many people who would happily see Israel wiped off the face of the earth.
I am going to end this post with a challenge. Regardless of your feelings or beliefs about Israel, I challenge you to visit Israel. See with your own eyes and make your own judgement. Whether or not your mind is changed, only time will tell. But until you walk a mile in another person’s shoes, you can never truly understand them.