Today we had a very relaxed, yet exciting day. We started off with an early teffilah where Ethan and Eviatar read Torah. Afterwards, we drove to Tel Aviv where we started off with a visit where it all began, the Independence Hall, where David Ben Gurion declared Israel to be a Jewish state. We then went to Rabin Square, the very place where Yitzchak Rabin gave his last speech before being assassinated. We split off into groups of six and confronted Israelis over the age of 30 about Yitzchak Rabin and peace. There were very interesting answers for each question. When we asked where people were the day of the assassination, some said that they were there, in the square, at the ceremony. When we asked how they felt peace could be achieved, there were a wide variety of answers. While some people proposed interesting solutions, others blatantly stated that there was no hope. Following the activity, we all had an early lunch. After some falafel, shawarma, and for some of us, just bags of bamba, we boarded the bus again and headed to the Palmach Museum. The museum covers the Palmach legacy in interactive way. We learned about the stories of individuals and groups who joined the Palmach. We drove back to the hotel where we hang out, swam, played games, and talked. It was a lot of fun! Then we went to dinner, and afterwards had visitation time and some of us greeted our Israeli relatives. Those who didn’t have visitors participated in a riveting game of an Israeli game “Haruach Noshevet” with Sarah our madricha.
Love from Israel,
Caleb, Sam, Morah Amalya and the rest of the 8th Graders