Shalom from Jerusalem! Yesterday we traveled via the autobus from Kibutz Afik in the Golan Heights to Yad Hashmonah in Jerusalem. On the way we went to the Kinneret (the only fresh body of water in Israel) for a few hours. There we spent time doing water sports and hanging out together. Then we stopped at the Kinneret cemetery to learn about a couple of the artists that are buried there, including Naomi Shemer and Rachel. You may have heard the song Jerusalem of Gold. We had lunch at a neighboring kibutz, Haon. There was an incredible view of the Kinneret at this place.
We can talk about all the things we did, each moment this past week that has brought us together, but Shabbat allows us to do more than that. More than just talk about the facts. With this Shabbat we delved deeper into how this past week affected and influenced us. There were two types of services: one, a discussion about Shabbat and our relationship to Judaism; and the other, an orthodox-style service in which there were just enough guys for a minyan and a discussion about American and Israeli Shabbat traditions. This Shabbat had a place for everyone to celebrate in their own way.
Shalom from the Golan Heights, and good Shabas!!!! What a well-rounded day of hiking, local cultural experience (the supermarket), and an overlook onto two countries with a history of tension! We began our day bright and early with another wonderful hike full of breathtaking views of the Jilabun river and waterfall. It was an enduring hike up and down mounds of rocks, and together we navigated through various rapids under the hot sun. To cool down, we jumped right into the refreshing lagoon under the tumbling falls - it was amazing!