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Holidays - a new fear...

In one of the groups someone raised a question about the celebration of holidays away from Israel.

I decided to write a separate post about it.

Holidays and Saturdays (Shabbat) are times that can bring difficulties and feelings of loneliness.

When I arrived in Belgium, I didn't know anyone. There were Saturdays when it was my partner and I. I didn't give up. Every Shabbat I set the table and we did kiddush (my partner comes from a very secular family). It was important to me.

I didn't want to be alone. I really set that as a goal.

Little by little I saw the table expand. The children were born, new acquaintances were made, and we added more and more plates.

I cook something special, bake challah (or buy if I don't have time), set the table. This creates a holiday and Shabbat atmosphere.

Inviting guests has become a routine matter. On one of the Shabbats, during the Covid closures, when we couldn't really invite, the children asked, "No one comes for Shabbat?"

We created a new tradition with families who became our second family. Even if our families are come for a visit, we will invite people for a holiday meal. Because in this case – we do choose a family.

Share with us new ideas that can help others.

Happy holiday!

Dr. Efrat Tzadik, personal development coach

"Finding your home away from home"

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