Friday July 23
Breakfast on Friday is one of our highlights all week. If you have had children here before, you probably know about the Friday morning playlist. We play songs as we make our sandwiches for the hikes we will be doing – certain things are just tradition, and this playlist is one of those “holy things” 🙂 The campers always start their “impromptu” – dancing, and it is just such a fun “end of the week/hike day/shabbat is coming” feeling for everyone!
Shiur today was about the things we do זכר למקדש – to remember the practices/activities/sacrifices in the temple and זכר לחרבן – to remember and mourn the destruction of the Temple, daily and annually. The campers discussed memory, mourning and holding on to people and places and things we love. Something everyone can relate to, no matter what age.
Clean- up was quick for now…since, later in the afternoon, there will be more time for that, before Shabbat!
Then off to the hikes!! Everyone filled up their water bottle, sprayed sun-screen, grabbed a hat and met at their morning mifkad site. This is a spot in camp where, each morning, the whole eidah meets before Tefillah to stretch and say good morning and sing HaTikvah and Yad Achim (the Bnei Akiva anthem) – quick 10 minute warm-up for the day, by eidah. Fridays they report to this mifkad site and leave together with their two Roshei-Eidah for the “Friday hike”. Somewhere along the way they stop and have a picnic and enjoy the time together to chill and play some games and relax 🙂
Clean-up, pre-shabbat bunk pics and Camp-wide mifkad before Kabbalat Shabbat are coming up soon, and then we are sooooo excited for our first Shabbat together! Shabbat Shalom everyone! Next week will be fun-filled and jam-packed so we need this day of rest!