Last night I was totally exhausted. After a raw and emotional day we ended it with a real spiritual and amazing event. I, along with 11 of my “Rockland” group sisters got Bat Mitzvahed. We have our city leaders Chaya, LEah and Betty to thank for that. It was moving and heartfelt! And truly connected us – even more so that we already felt….Last night was also the first time I got a more than 3 hours of sleep and that was my Bat Mitzvah gift to myself.
Today, was really the opposite of yesterday in some ways. It was filled with real laughter and joy, and learning, and laughing again. Culminating in a Drum Circle under a tent! Okay I moved so quickly through today – sorry, let me backtrack. At 7 a.m. we boarded the buses and headed to the south to do some Camel Riding…Really we were a bunch of school girls laughing, and screaming at the experience.
After receiving out camel-riding permits, we board the bus for some good old fashion mountain climbing. To the top of Masada we went (Truthfully it wsa close to 100 Degrees so we actually took the cable car) but even walking on top was hot. But seeing this place really was impressive. This is a place with true significance to the Israelie’s and to Jews. Pondering the question of how the Jews died on this Temple Mount?
After Masada it was time for some good old fashion Mud Slinging…Well Dead Sea Mud that is. We went to the Dead Sea and floated around with mud covering us. The water was warmer than warm, salty and envigerating. Though getting cleaned up after that was not easy task.
We then met all the other groups for dinner. An Israeli Bar-B-Que – Delicious by the way – and it all ended with us dancing and singing and just really enjoying each other. THis entire trip is a blessing and I have all of my sister’s on the trip and our leaders and the JWRP to thank for it….Transforming and growing….Yes I am!