Sitting here in Toronto, the big difference between Israel and the world I grew up in is obvious. I heard this in a shiur yesterday from Rabbanit Chana Henkin, who said, "There's nothing like water to emphasize the difference between inside and outside Israel."
Toronto, in particular, is a deliciously watery place. Perched on the brink of Lake Ontario, nestled between two (kinda, used-to-be) mighty rivers.
The water here makes me happy. Sort of.
But you know where else had a lot of water?
Babylon. (Again, this is not my idea, it’s Rabbanit Henkin’s; I just wrote it down.)