Our First Days in Israel
Posted on 07/05/2013 @ 07:08 PM
It's the end of a long, hot, sunny day here in Israel on ILSI 2013. The madrichim are going around to do room checks as we all get ready to rest up for our long day tomorrow - but none of that really matters because today was an amazing day.
As the morning slowly grew old and the afternoon became young, we approached the City of David. We toured the dry caves where we saw some of the ruins of the well known King David and continued on to the water tunnels. The wet tunnels were incredible to walk in! After that we ate lunch and went to the Kotel (Western Wall). For some, this was a very touching experience and for others, it was more of a learning experience. For me, I found it to be overwhelming in the knowledge that at some point during the day, Jews all over the world would be facing toward the place where i was standing. We then left the Kotel and entered the Jewish quarter and although we were unable to go to the market, we did get to see some of the main shops and lifestyle within the Jewish quarter. Each group partook in conversations that provoked questions such as, are you a Jewish American or an American Jew and how do you define Judaism? We toured one of the oldest synagogues in Jerusalem and it was beautiful with exquisite architectural detail and artistic talent (the a/c was nice too).
Ending the day at Ben Yehuda with friends was my favorite part of the day. Being able to see all of the different shops and food places was so fun. Having the independence to roam and choose where we wanted to explore within our boundaries was exciting! It was also so fun running into some friends from back home on Ben Yehuda. Today was great. Here's to hoping for a great tomorrow!
- Halle Herman