My Note at the Kotel

Nicole Diner

Last summer I went to Israel for the second time, for my mom’s cousin’s wedding. We stayed in Israel for two weeks in Herzliya at the Marina. My family and I stayed in the same neighborhood when I first went to Israel.

The most vivid and important day for me in Israel was when we went to Jerusalem. I had a full day in Jerusalem where we did many things. My grandma and grandpa came with us to Jerusalem. On the way to Jerusalem, my nine-year-old brother and I recalled my dad telling us the last time we went to Jerusalem that you can still see these type of old war trucks so we started pointing to all of them.

When we got into the city of Jerusalem, the first thing I thought was how pretty the city was with all of the buildings and nature. The first thing we did was going to the Mamilla Mall. Last time we went and it looked exactly the same. We had some really good bourekas, and I drank a lemonade with mint that was very delicious. My grandpa took us through the market to get to the Kotel. Some people think that it is dangerous to go through there, but we didn’t have any encounters with anything. One of my favorite things to do is take photos so I took many photographs of the little market and all of its wonderful colors.

When I walked in to see the Kotel, all these memories came flowing back in. The first time when I went to Israel, I was seven years old and when I saw the Kotel for the first time, the first thing I did was stand there and sing Hatikvah. I don’t remember why I did, but that was the first thing I did when I was seven.

We spent about three hours at the Kotel. When I went to pray and put a note in the wall, I realized how lucky I am that I have a wonderful family that loves me and takes me to places. I have been to so many places in the world. I have been to Europe, Canada, Israel, and a lot of places in Mexico and the United States of America. I have a great family, and I appreciate them so much. I didn’t pray for me to have a better life at the Kotel, I prayed for everyone in the world to have a great life. Going to Israel was one of my favorite trips.

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