Shabbat in Tzfat
Posted on 07/14/2013 @ 05:54 PM
As we embarked on the tenth day of our Israel journey, the 101 teens and the amazing staff headed to the mystical city of Tzfat to celebrate Shabbat.
We started the day by hearing from a man who has lived on the Lebanon border on the Israel side for many many years. Aryeh ben Yaacov shared his political views on Israel's relationship with neighboring countries. Participants were able to ask questions and learn about his opinion on political issues. We spent the remaining sunlight kayaking on the Jordan river. The sunshine and the refreshing water of the river was a fantastic way to end the exhausting but incredibly exhilarating week.
ILSI then headed over to our hotel to welcome in Shabbat. The BBG's and Alephs were separate for services. The night included meaningful and extremely insightful programs. The girls were able to hear about the tradition and background of lighting Shabbat candles. After we lit candles together as BBGs, we headed to an overlook of Tzfat to hold a girls-only Shabbat service. After services, BBGs and Alephs came together as one big community to have Shabbat dinner together. I can't believe we have already celebrated two Shabbats together so far and each one has gotten even more meaningful and even more incredible and has allowed ILSI to become one large family.