I am an 18 year old American student studying abroad in Jerusalem. Yesterday, during the daily two hour break I have in my extremely long schedule, I was playing intramural basketball with my friends. Suddenly, the buzzer went off. However it was not the basketball buzzer. It was a siren. A siren to warn us of the incoming rockets that were just fired from Gaza. It took us a few seconds of the minute and a half we would have to realize what was happening and once we did we took off as fast as we can. As around 70 other students and I piled into the bomb shelter in our dorm we began to recite prayers, begging God to save us and everyone else who was in danger. Never have I ever experienced something that frightening. Thankfully after ten minutes we were able to leave the shelter and business, such as the basketball game, resumed. Is this what I was hoping for when I took a year off before college to discover my religious roots? Definitely not.
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