Welcome Home Zera Yisrael (Seeds of Israel)

I first encountered this phrase, Welcome Home, when I dropped my son off at Camp Kalsman, a Jewish overnight camp. My son asked me why the camp counselors all greeted us in this way. I shrugged and said they were trying to be welcoming, to make him comfortable since he’d be staying with them for a couple of weeks. But then, when I visited Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, I was greeted with the same phrase. Is this a spiritual welcoming I wondered?

Rabbi Tzadok Hacohen of Lublin wrote in the 19th century, “the root of the soul of the seed of Israel can…