Sunday, November 13, 2011

Eilat and Tzefas

Hello? Hello? Anyone still out there? Anyone still reading this sporadically-updated blog? I suppose I owe you something...
A few weeks ago, we went to Tzefas for Shabbos. Let me tell you, it was an eye opener. We went to the Bais HaKvaros on Friday afternoon... The whole time, the song from "Touched by a Niggun" kept playing... "They stared at the picture.... R' Shlomo Alkabetz, his kever in Tzefas, who wrote L'Cha Dodi, we sing Leil Shabbos..." We were right there! To say I had chills is an understatement. Friday night, we davened in Breslov (Check off the list!) It wasn't quite what I was hoping for, but the building was gorgeous, and I really enjoyed. Shabbos day we took a tour of the Old City of Tzefas... Those stairs were NOT fun. But from the top of Tzefas you can see so much of Eretz Yisroel- it was breathtaking.
Motzei Shabbos we went to Meron to the kever of Shimon Bar Yochai- apparently it is a thing to go on Parshas Noach... I am slightly apprehensive for Lag Ba'Omer...
So that was Tzefas!
 
Last week we went to Eilat! We did a few hikes-- I was all decked out in my marathon gear (Team Lifeline- that was a post I left out...) and it was awesome! There were tons of ladders... mind you, I have developed a fear of falling, but no worries, I pressed on!
The next day we got up bright and early and went snorkeling! If anyone ever doubts the beauty of G-d's world, they should get a mask on and dunk near the Coral Reef... it was a totally different world! The fish came so close you could almost touch them! (But I was scared they were going to eat...shock me, so I kept my distance.) Despite the lack of breathing from the mask and all the salt water I swallowed, it was single handedly one of my best moments in Israel so far (Another check on the list!)
 
Then we went to an Aquarium, and from a tower thing in the water (I forget the name), you could see Jordan! Kinda cool and kinda scary...
 
It was a really exhausting two days... especially hearing about the Petira of R' Nosson Tzvi Finkel, which was extremely upsetting...
 
B"H, Seminary is going great... I love being in Israel... my favorite hobby while I am here is to just wander... Forget buses and trains and taxis (oh my!) nothing beats walking, breathing the air and seeing the sights (and honestly, Israel has a fair few...)
 
So that pretty much sums up my life until now... Hope you enjoyed!

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