Springtime Has Come

We stepped off the plane on a chilly Wednesday morning in the Netherlands. Despite the cold, windy weather, so unlike sunny South Africa, trees adorned with pink and white blossoms stood tall against the grey sky, their beauty accentuated by rows of yellow daffodils and the occasional bold tulip. The air was filled with the sweet smells of blossoms, a promise that springtime was around the corner.

Leiden, a town steeped in history, has a unique story. When Brother Daniel Anz and his family arrived here a couple of months ago, they discovered their accommodations were across the street from the home of philosopher Baruch Spinoza from the 1600s—a man ahead of his times with his avant-garde enlightenment speculations. He was expelled from the Amsterdam Synagog

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