Day 1 by Samantha Epstein

By May 14, 2014Birthright

I have never had an experience that has made me feel kind of frustrated while trying to explain it. I have thought about how I will tell my friends and family about this trip and I know that there are no words to really capture what it has meant to me. Israel is beautiful of course, and the places we have seen have been absolutely breathtaking. From shopping in the old city to climbing Masada, I have seen things I will certainly remember forever. But more importantly I have gotten to know some of the most sincere, enthusiastic, memorable people I have ever met. It has been the greatest gift, and because of them I feel that I am changed for the better. I had not expected to establish the kind of relationships I have here. For me it is extra special I think because I don’t go to FSU. I don’t have the luxury of being able to meet up with the friends I have made on campus. I know I will have to put effort into staying connected with those I have met but there is no doubt in my mind that I will. Even though we all come from different backgrounds, and practice Judiasm differently, there is something inside each one of us that made us choose to come on birth-right. And to me that is so special. Deciding to come on birthright with FSU is definitely the greatest decision I have made this far in my life. I am inspired to take advantage of any opportunity that allows me to travel and see what the world has to offer.

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