What Would You Fight For?
Posted on 07/09/2013 @ 06:54 PM
Long days have never been this fun. It began with an early wake-up call on our final morning at Kibbutz Almog. Our first stop was the Bar Kochba caves. As we crawled through narrow tunnels, our educators taught us the story of Simon Bar Kochba and his rebellion against Roman rule 2000 years ago.
We continued to an exclusive look at an IDF Air Force base, where we heard from Nati, a veteran fighter pilot on the Israeli military and its unique role in defending and maintaining the state. We also had an opportunity to climb into a Black Hawk helicopter that Nati flies
Finally, we arrived in the desert to spend the night in Bedouin tents. Camel rides, homemade pita, and a bonfire allowed us some final relaxation after possibly the trip's longest day so far. Shabbat seems pretty far away.
While the diversity of the day makes it hard to put my finger on a specific theme, the underlying thread was an analytical look at some of the more difficult topics in Israeli culture. The caves sparked discussion on our question of the day: what would you fight for? At the Bedouin tents, we questioned our Israeli educators on the role of Bedouins in modern Israel. We tried to fall asleep quickly, but we were too excited about all that remains in store for us on ILSI 2013