One of the many beautiful qualities of Israel is the familial feeling that is shared with almost every single individual on the street. Every father is your father, every mother is your mother and every sibling is your own. We were truly blessed to feel this homeliness on Friday night where all the students were billeted out to warm and welcoming families throughout Katamon, Jerusalem. The mere idea of 100 strangers being welcomed by families truly exemplifies what this beautiful land is all about. Many of us walking away with qualities and activities shared at the table that we would one day like to adopt into our own families and homes. Our host shared with us a short idea from the parsha that deeply connected with our own lives and the society we live in back in Australia.
Shabbat began with that contagious Jewish energy circling every individual and finished on exactly the same note. The beautiful balcony overlooking Jerusalem brought us all back together for Seudat Shlishit as we sang out Shabbat and entered into the new week.
A trip to vibrant and always exciting Ben Yehuda Street, kicked off the new week with a tremendous amount of exuberance and fun. Whether munching on delicious falafel, watching the array of street performers, searching the stores for something special or just relaxing in the beautiful restaurants, there is simply nothing quite like the spirit of Jerusalem to begin our journey as we embark on what is going to be another unbelievable and experiential week!