It's 4 p.m. "Erev Christmas," and 21-year-old Adam Bodenstein is still rushing around his home in the Pico-Robertson area. He has yet to take a shower before Shabbat comes. In four days time, the Modern Orthodox UC Berkley graduate, who grew up in a Conservative household, will board a flight at New York's JFK Airport that will take him to his new home -- Israel.
But this is no ordinary El Al flight. This is Nefesh B'Nefesh's (NBN) eighth flight (and first-ever winter flight) in three years.
The following column was written by Marla Bennett, the San Diego woman who was one of the seven victims of the July 31 terrorist attack at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
I've been living in Israel for over a year and a half now, and my favorite thing to do here is go to the grocery store.