Friday, January 4th – Saturday, January 5th
I’m gonna make this one short and sweet because I’m still in the Shabbat mood and slightly sick.
Friday we got to sleep in (yessssssss) and then we were privileged to hear Rabbi Klatzko speak again. After the class, we had some free time before we had to meet up with the group for the Shabbat festivities. Zev and Aaron decided to do their laundry!! Which apparently, to Aaron’s dismay, was a twenty minute walk. So, what any good jewish boys would do, Zev and Aaron packed up their suitcases full of laundry and headed to the laundromat. Leaving it there, we decided to explore the shuk, which is the outdoor Israeli market. It was tons of fun and I made sure to take lots of pictures. It was also crazy busy with everyone trying to buy stuff before Shabbat. After getting our slightly damp laundry, everyone got ready for Shabbat at the kotel.
Shabbat at the kotel was a mind-blowing experience. The kotel, or the western wall, is a hotspot for Judaism and often considered one the holiest places on earth. There everyone from ultra-orthodox Jews to Israeli soldiers gather to celebrate by singing and dancing together. I had an absolute blast and it was a memory that I will cherish for a long time. After the kotel, we had a beautiful Shabbat dinner together and headed to bed for some classic Shabbat R&R.
The next morning we woke up and had to split up into small groups. Each of the little groups headed to a different family around the old city and Jerusalem for Shabbat lunch. I had to privilege of going to lunch with one of the Rabbi’s from Aish Hatorah and had a lovely discussion over some delicious cholent. If you don’t know what cholent is, go look it up because it is delicious. After that,we had a short break before we all met up for havdalah, the conclusion of Shabbat. We also got our purple jackets!! I’ll explain the significance another time. Love from the holy land!