Run like a…

I ran.

(Okay, only for a minute.  And only at the very end of the 10k.  The rest I walked. But really, I power walked – I am powerful here.)

Down the streets of Jerusalem, the city I first met when I was 15 and never wanted to leave but then neglected for 19 years until I started to get to know her again.

Past the Knesset where I’ll finally get my say, so much sooner than I thought I would when we moved here in the summer during a war.

Past smart museums, smoking shopkeepers, bongo players, bearded-and-black hatted men, women with newborns.

Look, there are drones in the sky (are they just taking pictures?) and balloons that someone let go of, maybe too soon.

On weathered, weary stones – past walls and friends and enemies (are they enemies?), down the streets of the Old City, from Jaffa to Zion.

Past the distant graves of those who ran before us, buried near bitter olives, waiting.

Past little smiling girls, covered up to here, their high fives stinging my sweaty hands and their sweet words of encouragement whistling by.

Next to new friends, part of a new life in this old world as I try new things.

(Almost there…)

Behind tiny fighters, heads gleaming in the sun and hearts pounding as they were lifted onto strong shoulders and carried to the end.

And when I saw them, that’s when I finally ran, a strong finish, across the line.

(Exerpted with permission from a longer essay, “Run like a…“, which was published by the Times of Israel in 2015.)

Jessica Levine Kupferberg

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Jessica Levine Kupferberg is a writer and former litigation attorney. She made aliyah from La Jolla, California with her family during Operation Protective Edge in July 2014 after driving across America. Jessica has a blog on the Times of Israel and her work has appeared in Kveller.com, The Jewish Journal, The Forward, Jweekly, and aish.com.

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