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Sunday 17 Tammuz

DATE: June 28, 2021

We have all “broken our fast here” in Sugar Grove, PA, and we are reflecting on a really meaningful day.

We had late wake-up and tefillah at 9:00, including special selichot for the fast day. The chanichim had a shiur with their regular morim, after tefillah. They learned that King David requested to build the temple, but Hashem denied him that honor.  Why? The chanichim discussed the idea of peace, the temple and the wars David haMelech fought…Even though he could not build it, he wanted to be involved so he bought the grounds for the temple – the threshing floor of Aravna the Yevusi. Following shiur the chanichim went, by eidah, around to 5 stations to learn more about the meaning of the day.  Each stop taught the chanichim about some object in our history that was misunderstood by some, or might have been misunderstood by some, as an object with inherent meaning instead of a means to an end in servicing Hashem:

  1. Machal did a skit about Moshe breaking the Luchot, because he was nervous that Bnei Yisrael would worship them, just like they worshipped the golden calf. They were attaching to much importance and holiness to objects.
  2. Machal did a skit about the aron in the mishkan, which the Jews brought out to war , but then the Plishtim stole it and Bnei Yisrael had to remember that yes, it IS a holy object but IT isn’t what wins us wars!
  3. Beit Midrash staff did a skit about the Kotel (Western Wall) and how we need to be careful not to ever worship the wall. It is a retaining wall under the Temple Mount and we should stay focused on the spot where the Beit haMikdash stood, (since that is where we accessed Hashem most easily).
  4. Beit Midrash staff did a skit about Yirmiyahu admonishing the nation that they think there is power in sacrifices and temple service – but that needs to be a reflection of their submitting to Hashem’s mitzvot, which includes so much more!  We need to remember how to live with morality and justice and kindness!
  5. Beit Midrash staff did a skit about the copper snake that Moshe made for Bnei Yisrael to look at and be healed by their bites from the desert snakes (last week’s parsha). But Bnei Yisrael had to learn that it wasn’t the snake healing, it was our focusing UP on the Heavens and thinking about Hashem and davening to Him.

They were all done so well and made their point powerfully. The hour gave the chanichim something to think about for the rest of the day. We davened mincha and then had the option of some thought-provoking movies OR rest.

Later on in the evening, each bunk had a sicha (conversation with their counselors) about a topic related to the fast day, and then we all met in the indoor Beit Knesset for singing and a story, followed by maariv and the break-fast meal.

Being in camp gives us a really special way to spend a fast day, focusing on the meaning of the day with very little else to do or worry about.

Machal and make-up Machal each went to the Jewish cemetery nearby in Corry, PA and discussed the old Jewish communities in America and what community means.

Tomorrow Machal leaves for Philadelphia and make-up machal is heading out to Virgina. Nesiah Tova!!

About the Chanukah Raffle

Dear Camp Stone Community,

It is an incredible feeling to reconnect with everyone once again at the beginning of our 2021 camp season.

We are writing to you today, first and foremost, to express tremendous gratitude.

Hakarat HaTov, literally “recognizing the good”, is an important and fundamental principle in our community. We, at Camp Stone, want to express our Hakarat HaTov to everyone receiving this email for your unwavering support, especially this past summer. Whether you provided financial assistance through your donated tuition dollars, participated in Indoor World, or connected with the Camp Stone community in other ways, together we had an incredibly successful, albeit different, summer experience.

There is no substitute for being in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and this summer, B’ezrat Hashem, we will be back at Camp Stone, in person, in full force.

To achieve that goal, we must continue to ensure the financial success of our home away from home that we all know and love so deeply. The logo on top, featuring the slogan “Stone. Forever.” also features a Ner Tamid, an “eternal flame.” The year 1969, etched into the logo, is the year camp was founded. Symbolically, the overall image represents the idea that Camp Stone began many years ago and must endure forever, always burning brightly, and always an integral part of our collective conscience.

On that note, we are excited to announce that our annual Chanukah Campaign will be a raffle taking place over all 8 nights of Chanukah with prizes for both campers and parents/alumni!!

Please go back to the web page  to purchase raffle tickets and help us achieve 100% participation from our entire camp community!

Looking forward to being in touch with all of you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors

Thank you so much for your interest in Camp Stone :) Please email Randi Mashmoor

with the name, age, and gender of your child AND whether you are interested in Session 1 or Session 2, and we will let you know if there is space available in that bunk.