Today, we started off the day by visiting the western wall for some one-on-one chit chats with God. It was a spiritually exciting way to start the day.
For the first half of the day, the men and women split up to go experience a “day in yeshiva.” I have absolutely no idea what the girls did for the beginning of the day, but the boys started off our “taste of yeshiva” by sitting down with a current yeshiva student and discussing Torah topics. After some interesting and influential talks, we headed up to a classroom to hear from a current yeshiva student and his perspective on yeshiva. After that, we had a mini Ulpan lesson (awesome Hebrew language sesh) and played shimon says, learning various body parts. I can now say that I know how to say “my mother doesn’t want a small chicken, she wants a big tree.” Wooooo!!
After our Yeshiva experience, we boarded the bus and headed to the grave sites of our matriarchs and patriarchs. It was a deep and moving experience and I, along with the rest of the group, felt a deep sense of connection to the land of Israel and the history it contained. It was also slightly disheartening to see the security fences and many check points we had to go through. I really hope this blessed land can reach a lasting peace that will satisfy all parties involved. Love from the holy land, see y’all tomorrow. And yes, I can still say y’all in Israel, they just give me weird looks.
Ohh and happy new year!!