Sabih (Pita with Grilled Eggplant Salad, Tahini and Spicy Herb Sauce)

We’ve just started thinking about our next trip to Israel, probably next June. I think this will be my sixth trip, and I never get tired of it. Part of that is spending time with our family there, but it’s also that I feel like every visit develops my relationship with the land and its history, and my experience with my faith. You can read about some of my past trips here, here, here and here.

Every night, after bath and pajamas and the wrangling that is brushing a willful two-and-a-half year old’s teeth, Theo and I go into his room, dim the lights and get ready for sleep. I sit down in the rocking chair and he squeezes in beside me, holding two books. I wrap my arms around him…