A Facebook friend of mine who made aliyah last year (ie moved permanently to Israel) posted the following:

“I wish born and bred Israelis would understand that I can love Israel and be frustrated by it at the same time!”

Yes!!  True!! Me too.  I wish *I* would understand that.

On my recent trip I felt: intense love, frustration, nostalgia, guilt for moving away (we lived there for 5 years), relief for moving away, homesickness for Cleveland, homesickness for Jerusalem, cynicism at Israeli notions of service, and intense respect for their innovation, gumption, and sheer brilliance.