For Erev Yom Ha’Atzmaut, we went down to Ben Yehuda Street, where bright lights and noise filled our souls! After a while, we decided to raise some money to get an Israeli flag from a nearby stand. “How do we raise the money?” we thought to ourselves. Then we came up with an amazing idea. We would stand on the corner of Ben Yehuda and dance with a hat in front of us! People would see how awesome our dancing was, of course! They would be sure to donate to us to get the flag! So we clapped and laughed while Elijah L-S danced. Soon, people began to crowd, put shekels in our hat, and record us singing and dancing. We continued to rap our song from the Hannukah play, sing songs by Matisyahu, and be our funny, lovable selves! We raised enough money alongside a Euro and four Polish coins and eventually got our flag. Next, we walked down the street only to be sprayed by foam and silly string from cans while we drank hot chocolate! We also were thrilled to spend this crazy and magical 67th birthday for Israel with Nir and Amit!! Yup, that’s right. Our Nir and Amit came to visit us!! As you can see the night was fun filled!
Today, on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, we traveled to the Old City where we went to a private section of the Kotel. We took out all of our tefillah gear and Jenna, Hana, and Elijah L-S lead our session. They lead us through an emotional service in the siddur. Then, our amazing Torah readers, Rafi, Ally, and Sophia, read beautifully for our first Torah service in Israel.
Next, we took a tour of the underground tunnels in the Western Wall and we were able to see the length all the way to the northern wall. We also got as close to the Temple Mount as can be. After that, we each had our own private time at the Kotel. The girls slipped on their skirts and the boys started enjoying their free time before we separated. Eventually, we made our way to the Kotel, where we each put in a note. Yonit then took us to Robinson’s Arch which is still the Western Wall but on the southern end. The entire length is 1400 feet and we got to see both ends of it! While sitting on the uneven steps near the Hulda Gate, we were so thrilled to see a group of four jets fly by in formation and then swing around and fly directly over the Temple Mount. So cool!
After that, we all were given shekels for spending and for lunch money. We went to the square where some people got some of the best burgers, falafel, and shwarma ever! We later went to the Israeli Museum and visited archeological finds that we were astonished to realize were found at the same exact site we dug at the first day in Bet Guvrin!
Expect phone calls from your children Friday afternoon. Our next blog will be after Shabbat. We wish you a Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem!
Maya, Ben, Elana, Marcy, Amalya and Eighth Grade