Masadah – Using the Roman ramp, we climbed up to masadah, a fortress built by king herod, that became the showplace of a tragedy where a small number of Jews faced off against a large Roman army. After learning all about the history of the place, we finished off by connecting with the ancient fighters using the mitzvah of tefillin.
Ein Gedi - Ein Gedi is a beatiful nature reserve in the middle of the desert. After all the heat of the desert, the pool of water in the midst of the oasis, was a true lifesaver and much appreciated. We also learned about the historical confrontation between King David and Shaul that took place here.
Yam hamelach - Many participants purchased mud packs which they applied liberally to their faces, bodies and each other before entering the salty waters of the dead sea. Overall a real blast.
Ana Beit Shean - The night was spent in Beit Shean up in the north, a solid 2 hour drive from the dead sea. We love our bus driver, david and our security guard tehilla!
Mifgashim - We are joined by 6 soldiers: Nir, Dekel, Guy (1), Guy (2), Jisrael and Karmit. They look cute and we look forward to getting to know them.
Outlook - We visit a place from which we can see the Chulda valley and understand the need for capturing the Golan heights from the Syrian after non stop bombardment.
River Rafting on the River Dan - The River Dan is one of three rivers that feeds the land of Israel. Rafting on this river may not be the most dangerous activity ever, but it certainly is a lot of fun, especially if you get to push each other into the water! We also met a number of Israeli Arabs and they seemed to have even more fun than we did!
Misgav Am - After a hurried lunch in kiryat shemonah, we visit the beautfiul kibbutz Misgav Am which borders Lebanon and provides views intoSyria. A funny and extremely provocative lecture awaits us.
Dinner at cherry – After rushing everyone back home, just so we can get ready for our night out, we find out that the night out is cancelled due to logistical problems. We still have a fun dinner in Tiberias and instead receive two nights out next week. Not too bad a deal..
Arbel - The Arbel hike definitely should count as one of the highlights of the trip. The views are stunning and the climb down using stepladders and rocks is an adrenaline spiked adventure. Happy birthday Taryn!
Zefat arizal - We visit the holy city of tzefat and after lunch hear about the history of the city including the story of the great mystic known as the arizal, Rabbi Yitzchak Lurya.
Avraham leventahl - We then visit an amazing kabbalistic artist, avraham leventhal, born and bred in Michigan and get to hear the most awwwweeesssoommmee lesson ever!
The lesson is less than half an hour, but the impression is lasting.
Mikveh arizal /shopping - Some of the boys join Charlie and the Rabbi in a visit to the mikveh of the arizal, an ice cold spring water fed pool, that has mystical powers attributed to it. One time is fine, Adam! – David Rappoport