Today we ventured to the lowest point on earth: The Dead Sea. I dipped my toes in the water and then snuck away to enjoy the peace and quiet of open water and sun, but the rest of the group did it justice -- floating in the salty sea with bodies caked in mud.
We closed the ceremony by listening to David Ben Guiron's words at the Declaration ceremony. Our guide emphasized that the declaration established Israel as a home for the Jewish people, not as the "State of Israel." He emphasized that a home isn't necessarily where you live. I think I'm beginning to have a clearer understanding of how Israel fits in as the Homeland of the Jewish people.
We all felt that it is very important that we continue to identify as Jews. This helps to keep the religion alive and allows us to connect with others. I could go on and on about all of the values, but this post would never end!
Many of us commented on how the scenery reminded of us hiking memories from home, but the excitement to be here in Israel was real. As we sat scattered among the rocks surrounding a small stream-fed pool, our Israeli tour guide, Moos, told us about the world leading progress Israel is making in terms of sustainable water management.
Get ready for an amazing adventure! #Birthright #Shorashim
*All pictures are either from your staff’s first trip to Israel, in general or as a staff person, or one of their favorite places*