Today I woke up at 05:30AM to catch a bus before catching a 2.5 hour train ride to Modiin from Beersheva. We have not bought a car as of yet so this is one of the options of travel. I choose this over a 1.5 hour bus ride and you are probably asking WHY.
Well let me explain. Only in israel, is a full train minyan possible. The train I catch from Be’er Sheva to Tel Aviv takes approximately 1.15 hours. During this time a full fledged minyan is under way. What’s amazing is that this is no ordinary minyan; it’s open to everyone. We have the regular black hatters, Sephardi, Kippah Srugah, and army members – but every day the Minyan changes just as does the minyan’s spirit. We also have a Sephardi Torah on board for Mondays, Thursdays, and Rosh Chodesh. This is perfect for the train, since it stands upright and is more stable when moving.

I must say after this Minyan I am ready and elevated for my day ahead.
So yes the distance sounds insane, but I would be waking anyway to get to a minyan. This way I travel and daven in style, starting my day on an exceptional note. We just finish as I arrive in Tel Aviv and with enough time for Rabeinu Tam. In Tel Aviv I have finished davening and I wait 20 minutes for the next train to arrive.  This is my time for Chitas and Chayeinu. By the time I get to work I have time to do Ha’Yom Yom, Talmud, Rambam and Halacha. At this point I am turbo boosted and ready for work.
I will let you in on a secret, I don’t do this every day. My amazing wife found a car pool directly to Modiin. There is a website were you can find what is locally referred to as a “tremp,” in which you pay gas in exchange for a lift with a private individual. So not only does it take just 1 hour, but my ‘driver’ is Israeli so I also get a morning Ulpan (Hebrew) lesson. He wanted to speak in English to improve his English vocabulary, so we compromised and one way is English, and the other is in Hebrew. Not a bad compromise the way I see it. So when he goes in, which is not every day, it’s only an hour trip and so far the traffic has been clear. The bad traffic has always been in the opposite direction.
The car sounds great, right? Well actually I wake up for Minyan at 06:00AM in any event, so it only saves me approximately 40 minutes depending on the day of the week. This minyan is approximately 90 steps from my front door in a small bomb shelter.
“Le’at, Le’at – slowly, slowly” as they say. With time all will resolve, but enjoy the ride wherever it takes you.