So, I'm getting really bad about blogging. I just have so little time to write. As much as I like writing here, and getting feedback, it is one of the first things in my life to take the back burner when I get busy.
In this post I want to talk about birthright, yes again. It has been the subject of many a post in the recent past. It was also the subject of an article I wrote that was recently published in Esra magazine and will hopefully be published in The Bridge magazine in the near future. I'll dedicate a post to that soon (no promises though as these promises seem to only get broken).
[Birthright Israel- Shorashim- Winter 2005-2006]
When I returned from the first trip I felt a stronger connection to Israel and Zionism and a less strong connection to Judaism as a religion. I don't feel this trip pushed me in any particular direction on either issue. Upon returning from this trip I feel the strong desire to get involved in teaching these subjects. I feel like I want to explore these subjects with people on these trips as a madrich (councilor). My staff from this trip told me they would write me a letter of recommendation for when I will hopefully apply for the position upon my completion of the army next year.
I can't stress enough how important I think the birthright program is and how strongly I feel about it. I want to continue being a part of it. I think I have a lot to offer to it and a lot to gain from it. I think we all do.
Ok, enough babble about the importance of the trip and my emotions. I just want to mention a few of the highlights of the trip for me:
- Rappelling at the Ramon Crater
- Swimming in the Jilaboon waterfall
- The "Mega Event"
- Yelling my lungs out at "boot camp"
- Drinking "Taco Taco"- "The taste of real Mexican tequila"
- Sleeping in the Bedouin tent + Camel ride