May 9 first Shabbat of Birthright-Elyssa Ronik

By May 14, 2015Birthright 2015

Shabbat is always a special time for me, since it is a time to relax after the busy week I usually have. But Shabbat in Israel is even more special. The feeling of community is truly fostered here: the siren sounds alerting the people of Jerusalem that it is time for Shabbat and time to rest, the people on the street that walk past you and wish you Shabbat Shalom, and you don’t feel as though you’re the only one who’s observing something, you feel like you’re a part of something special. Saturday afternoon after some of the group went to a synagogue, we had a discussion with the Dean of the Political Science department of Hebrew University. He explained how the process of democracy and elections in Israel are so different from the way it’s done in the United States, but it’s a necessary kind of different. Personally, the way government works in different countries, especially Israel, is interesting to me, and I was glad to see my friends gain knowledge about this important topic. Later, we had Havdallah, the service that serves as the separation between the end of Shabbat and the rest of the week. It was great – even though the wind blew out the candle a couple of times, it was a bunch of people in the group’s first times participating in such a service. It served as a really meaningful time for the group in my opinion. After that, we went to Ben Yehuda and ate, shopped, and danced until we dropped. Never not a good time there.
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