What does Ezra Academy have in common with Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty?!?!
To start our hike, we went to Ein Avdat. After walking to the waterfall we were able to climb up the cliffs. This was not just a normal walk… we had to climb up m-a-n-y steep steps and all the steps were different sizes, different shapes, different heights. There were two ladders that we had to climb up. Don’t worry, they were cemented into the rock. Even though it was tiring, sweaty and even scary for some of us, in the end, it was all worth it! Being able to overlook what we had just climbed up was an incredible experience. After drinking a lot of water, we had tefillah led by Ari, Ben, and Ally. To end tefillah today, we were given time to write in journal. This was a time to really reflect on what we had just accomplished. Some of us wrote poems or drew pictures.
Now, it was time for lunch. The class went to a place called Chan Hasharayot There, we had a lunch of chicken, rice, salat, potato and flat pita called laffa. For dessert, we had cookies and sweet tea! After the amazing lunch, we got to ride camels! We were told that when we got on, we had to lean back and hold on tight, because the camels had to stand up; we didn’t want to fall off! Everybody was surprised at how weird and different it felt than riding a horse or a pony. The camels were connected by ropes and were led onto a trail through the desert, with us on their backs. The landscape was gorgeous, and was like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Time to cross camel riding off of our bucket list!
Later, we visited David Ben Gurion’s home in Kibbutz S’de Boker, and his tomb, both in the Negev. We learned about his life and his dreams he had for the land of Israel. In his hut in the Kibbutz, we observed his office (and library; there were a lot of books!), and other rooms in which he spent the last years of his life. The site in which he was buried was beautiful. The area was very high up, and the machtesh of the Negev stretched out on either side of us as far as we could see. Ben Gurion was buried next to his supportive wife, Paula, and we all placed stones on both of their graves, in respect. It was amazing to realize how much he had done for the people of Israel, and his visions coming to life all around us.
In Ben’s words: “there is no place I rather be”
The day is not over, we are on the way back to the kibbutz to have dinner and get ready for the Yom Hazikaron ceremony.
Skylar, Hana, Sophia, Marcy and Amalya