When I was 17, I spent two months studying in Israel in a program called the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. As a senior in high school, I think my focus was to have a good time and meet as many girls as possible.

Because I wasn’t such a ladies’ man, I failed in my main goal, but the program introduced me to the 3,000-year-old, unique and fascinating story of the Jewish people. That story, all the events we have been through and all the things we have accomplished, made me feel as if I am a part of something larger than myself, which is what living in Israel is really about.

Rabbi Aaron Fruchtman

By living in Israel, I feel that I am actively involved in the course of Jewish history and taking part in our special relationship with G-d. Now I am proud to be a part of an innovative initiative called AvraTech, which integrates ultra-Orthodox men into the high-tech sector. In this position, I hope that I can help the Jewish people and Israel continue to thrive and develop.

See all the reflections on Israel’s meaning on this special anniversary.