“The Nightly Blob” 4/27/17
Today we woke up at 6:10 and got ready for the day. This was the first time we entered the old city of Jerusalem, through the Zion Gate. We got on the bus to go to Robinson’s Arch for teffila. What happened next was interesting. As we prayed, we were watched by a group of young Hasidic boys who disapproved of the girls’ participation and attire. Not only were we being watched, but we also received several crude gestures and yells in attempt to interrupt our teffilah. Our Torah service went along smoothly until we reached the fourth aliya, when something surprising occurred. When Gavi, a girl from Kellman Brown, got up to read from the Torah, a pair of the young Hasidic boys that had been watching us ran down from their overlook. After a couple of attempts to take our Torah and shut down our service, they resulted in pushing and aggressive movement against our madrich, Tani. They told us that the Torah was theirs and that we were disrespecting it. Even after what they did, it is important to understand that they are humans just like us. They are Jews just like us. They simply didn’t know any better. Everyone learned an important lesson about what it means to be human beings and Jews. After the tension died down and teffila ended, we made our way to Ir David to experience the water tunnels. The tunnels used to be routes that King Hezekiah used to bring water to the city. The water was freezing, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.
We then walked up a steep hill to a shopping area and were given money to spend for lunch. The lines were very long, and some of us had to wait for 40 minutes just for schnitzel. Next, we made our way to the Kotel and split into two groups. One group got to experience a virtual reality video on the history of the Temple, and the other group went to the Kotel (Don’t worry all you parents. All of your children, including us, went to the wall.) Everyone stood at the wall and placed notes in between the stones. Several people were overcome with emotion, though it was meaningful for everyone. Afterwards we got on the bus and went back to the hotel for dinner. We then went to the mall for free time and visitations from friends and family members.
Speaking from Jerusalem at 22:08,
Jamie, Jaden, and Aaron
P.S. (We won’t be blogging until Saturday night because of Shabbat.)