Thurs July 27- Tisha B’Av
Tisha B’av today began with a late wake up. Tefillah was followed by kinot recited in the context of a skit. There were a few stations where tzevet acted out the background or explanation of the kinah, and then the eidah said it together. That brought us until chatzot (mid-day), so we were able to sit and have some slow-singing until Mincha. The early afternoon was a combination of peulot (some art projects, teva (nature) activities and sports for the younger campers who were eating) and then each eidah watched a movie in the later part of the afternoon. By 6:00 we were ready to gather for shira as a group, followed by maariv and a break-your-fast meal. The older eidot were allowed to stay up late for night activities, which they were soooo happy about!
Machal left machane, after kinnot, to visit the Corry, PA cemetery and learn about the Jewish community that used to live in this area.
Tisha B’av as the second day of machane was an interesting challenge, but we provided some meaningful tefillah and learning as well as some bunk time for continued bonding. Everyone is settling in nicely, and we look forward to fun Friday erev shabbat hikes tomorrow! May we all be comforted this Shabbat Nachamu and see an increase of ahavat chinam (love for all!!) which will serve as a merit for our nation in this miraculous time we live in- watching the geulah (redemption) unfold right before our eyes!