Monday, August 7
The second Shabbat of camp was amazing.
Shabbat was even more spirited than the first – everyone was looking forward to it: mifkad erev shabbat followed by – tefilah, meal, dancing, sleep. And then we woke up, went to tefilah, kiddush, learning, meal, dancing, tefilah, learning, game, meal, singing…havdalah. Ask your children to go through the schedule of Shabbat when they get home and teach you all of the songs and dances in which they participate over the course of a Shabbat. It is so unifying, uplifting and fun!
Shavua Tov! Third week of camp comin’ right up.
Yesterday the entire camp was immersed in the movement of Chassidut! We woke up hearing Yiddish on the Ram-kol (loudspeaker), and learned that we were in Medzhybizh, Ukraine in the 1700s. Throughout the day, chanichim encountered Chassidic thought and Chassidic experiences, which culminated in everyone coming to the “Tisch” of the Baal Shem Tov. A huge elevated table was placed at the front of the chadar ochel — and with lots of ruach, we met the founder of the Chassidic movement himself. This modern-day Baal Shem Tov, clad completely in Chassidic garb, including bekesha and streimel, turned out to be world renowned musician Rav Shlomo Katz! We experienced an authentic Rebbi’s Tisch at dinner!
The entire camp moved from dinner/Tisch to Indoor World for an incredible concert with Shlomo Katz — the entire camp was singing and dancing along. Shlomo raised the spiritual energy in camp to new heights, and the chanichim were right there with him! Our day of meeting Chassidut and the Baal Shem Tov was incredible!