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July 8, 2012
This morning group 1 did an archeological dig at Tel Maresha, where they opened the door to the past and found ancient artifacts! They also engaged in an interesting dialogue about Israel’s history. Then they went spelunking, which is the exploration of caves, in ancient tunnels. They arrived at Beit Guvrin, davened mincha, ate lunch, went swimming! After, they headed to Arad, their evening base, to rest a bit before practicing for Haevent and enjoying dinner. They went to bed early because they will be hiking Masada at sunrise tomorrow!
July 8, 2012
Group 4 enjoyed a spiritual Shabbat; they davened with the members of the kibbutz Hannaton all throughout Shabbat. They also enjoyed learning how to play the darbookas and participated in a drum circle and dancing last night after Shabbat. They started their new week in the mystical city of Tzfat. Among the many people who came from Tzfat are the prominent kabbalists, Isaac Luria and Moshe Kordovero. Besides the kabbalists, Tzfat also attracted numerous other Jewish scholars and spiritualists, including Joseph Caro, the author of the Shulchan Aruch and Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, composer of the Shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi. The group had a tour of the city and two of the synagogues and enjoyed some free time to walk around, visit the candle factory and the shuk. Then they headed to Rosh Hanikra where they walked through beautiful grottos that were formed by water hitting the rocks for hundreds of years. In the evening, they returned to the kibbutz to have dinner, prepare for Ha’event and enjoy some free time.
July 6, 2012
After a fun but wet night in Yellowstone, Bus C, on their way out of the park, started off their Friday with some meaningful davening. Post davening, the Wheelniks made breakfast and lunch for themselves for the day, and they then continued on to Missoula, Montana, where they will be for the next few days. Bus C cannot wait to spend their 2nd Shabbat together. The theme for this Shabbat is “life is good…on Bus C.” Everyone in the group can, most certainly, attest to that!
July 6, 2012
Bus B had a special opportunity this morning to learn from one of its own. A Wheelnik, during Tefillot, taught the whole group about the Kedushah prayer. It was truly amazing to see the way the other Wheelniks really took in all of the lessons! From Houston to Dallas, the bus stopped at the Fort Worth stockyards, where they ran around and let loose in the corn maze. A nice and relaxing activity with which to end the week! On their way to the hotel for Shabbat prep, the group stopped to get some snacks at a store to prepare for their “space cowboy” themed Shabbat. Having gone to NASA the other day and staying in Dallas for Shabbat, it’s perfectly apropos and the Wheelniks can’t wait to celebrate throughout the weekend!