After a 45 minute bus ride to Kfar Kedem, we were finally able to fill our empty stomachs with delicious pita as we experienced life as it was in Mishnaic times. As the guide explained a typical Shabbat – no one in the town using mobile phones and not one car on the road- and told us how they do not often venture into the city as they have all they need where they are, I envisioned a real sense of community and as I sat on the stools in a large tent and we dressed in typical head wraps and cloth dresses, I almost longed for the relaxed lifestyle void of technology.
Whilst stepping back in time, we ate around little tables on stools until our stomachs groaned and observed a demonstration of milking a goat, spinning wool and making goats cheese. Perhaps the highlight though was riding around the field on the back of donkeys. As laughs radiated and filled the open air, the weight of all we experienced during our journey in Poland lifted, leaving us free and jubilant as we saw first hand all the Jewish people have built and how far they have come.