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.
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Dr. Efrat Tzadik, personal development coach
"Finding your home away from home"