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NCSY JOLT Israel!!! Absolutely Awesome Day #20

Dear Heilige Parents and NCSY JOLT Israel’ers,

I hope this email finds you well. Today was…you guessed it…another AWESOME DAY!!! We had a late wake up which was very much needed followed by davening and then an awesome breakfast. To be honest with you, I didn’t think it would be as good as it was but it actually was surprisingly, quite good. Upon entering the lunchroom there was a big bucket of “Choco B’Sakit” which is essentially a bag of chocolate milk but one of those weird things that we all got very excited about. To fully appreciate the experience there is a gentle technique one needs to use. It’s all about biting off a small piece from the top corner and quickly putting it into your mouth and squeezing out all the “choco”. It’s truly an amazing experience. Anyhow….we had a beautiful spread of omelets, cottage cheese, pancakes, cut vegetables, olives, pickles and a few other things. It was a great way to start our day.

We loaded the buses and went down South to Masada. Because we got there at one in the afternoon, it was too hot to walk up so we took the cable car to the top. Yoel gave us an incredible tour and really helped us to understand that era as well as the trials and tribulations of the Jews during the time of the Roman occupation. We took the cable car down and then proceeded to the lunchroom where we ate. We drove straight to the Mamshit ranch where we went camel riding  along the old Nabatian spice trade route. It was very cool and we all enjoyed a bit of excitement when Rabbi Rosenfeld had a mechanical failure with his camel. It wasn’t funny when it was happening but we had a good laugh about it at dinner when we listen to Rabbi Rosenfeld tell it over.

From camel riding we were supposed to do a night hike, but due to the heat wave we are experiencing that hike was closed down. We changed some stuff around and hopefully we will be able to put it in for our last week. We came back to Yad Binyamin and ate supper, which was actually delicious. Chicken, rice, roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables and a bunch of other things. Then we rented out the pool for the kids to go swimming. When the girls went swimming the guys played ball and then they had time in the pool after that.  We davened a late Maariv and I took the opportunity to speak with the kids a bit about internalizing the lesson of Masada into our own lives. The lesson I tried to instill what that of doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do and being strong in the face of peer pressure. It’s an important lesson and one, which I truly believe young leaders need to internalize.

Tomorrow we have an awesome day planned starting at Leket and then going to Jerusalem. I want to review with everyone for a brief moment, pick up and drop off times and places. The Jerusalem pick up time is 5:00 P.M. and it will be at the OU center. Please make sure that if your child is being picked up that it is done on time. If you are comfortable with your child taking a taxi or a bus please send me an email confirming that. The bus will then take those kids who are getting picked up from Tel Aviv to the Rakevet Merkaz where they will need to be picked up at 6:00 P.M.  There will be advisors waiting at both places until all of the kids are picked up so there will always be supervision. I would only ask that people are respectful of the advisors time and not keep them waiting. They have done a tremendous job this summer and all them have really been stellar. I would like them to take advantage of the time to recharge.

Sunday morning the drop off time in Tel Aviv at the Rakevet Merkaz is 10:00 A.M. and the drop off time for Jerusalem is 11:00 A.M. at Har Hertzel. Please note the change in location for Jerusalem.

It’s hard to believe that we only have two weeks left, but these next two weeks are going to be powerful and fulfilling as well. We will cherish the time we spend with each other.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out at any time.  Looking forward to speaking with you tomorrow.

With warmest wishes

-Rabbi Weinberg

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