Live From The Blog - Birthright Israel: Shorashim

Live from the Blog

I have never felt so much love from people I had only known for 10 days.

Walking through a dark hall remembering the fallen children of Holocaust, we emerged from the other side to the land of hope that is Israel.

Today's events were both special and eye opening for everyone on Bus 525. 

A haiku blog post for Tel Aviv

Today was a day of connecting. Whether it was connecting with yourself in a yoga session or finally feeling connected to Judaism by taking that next step as a Bar Mitzvah. And why not? We spent the first few days getting to know each other: Shorashim, building the roots that are connected to the growing tree that is this new Shorashim family. This trip can only get better and deeper in the land that connects all of us to our Jewish roots.

This has was a powerful moment as we have gone our entire lives seeing pictures of the holy city. Now we were finally here.

For many of us on this trip, this challenge turned into a life-changing accomplishment that will be remembered forever.

Four AM was tough, but the views, colors, and sense of accomplishment made it more than worth it!

These were all great bonding activities, but my favorite part of the day by far was visiting Mt. Bental at the Golan Heights.

Perhaps the most interesting thing I learned is that Israelis are required to join the military after finishing high school.