Thursday July 13
We are coming to an end of our Tochnit (our topic for the month, which has been from 70 CE to 500) – snif, snif – and so today we learned about how Jewish communities need to adjust to living without their own autonomy. Living in a foreign land, in exile, means being subject to non-Jewish political rule. The question of how to interact with non-Jewish, governmental power arises… This is, of course, still relevant today for Jews living across the globe with non-Jewish sovereignty. Goals: The morim discussed with their chanichin the importance of the role of political leaders, and the necessity of having leadership and structure in spheres that are not exclusively Jewish. Some of the older eidot discussed the complexity of how to interact with secular authority and the role that governmental rule plays for Jews living without autonomy.
Eidah Daled left very early this morning for their annual post-color war white water rafting trip. It is a great day for them to move beyond the color war competition from these past two days and just all “be friends” again. It works like a charm!!
All of the chanichim are hoping to have some of their favorite peulot on their schedule these days, since it is their last few this session. Some have even gone over to our Rosh Sport to request : ) Chanichim are finishing projects in the Village and looking forward to showing you what they produced! Everyone was confused when they saw “not a carnival” on their schedule today. Eaxch eidah took a turn walking over to indoor world – and there they saw some fun inflatable bouncy houses etc. Just a fun activity so they could relax and laugh and have fun all together as an eidah. They loved it! True, it was not a full blown-out carnival, but it was the best part of one anyway!
Tonight was the long awaited (since the fake announcement Monday night) trip to Splash Lagoon. For the past few ywars, we have rented out this indoor water park (an hour away) after hours, and have THE best time. Girls and boys take turns – one group gets to play arcade games and hang out in the wave pool while the other enjoys the slides and pools in the main part of the park…and then they switch!! Great trip and enjoyed by everyone- tzevet and hadracha, too, of course.
We are looking forward to our fourth (for the tzevet and hadracha, fifth!) Shabbat together. But we are also, obviously, so sad that this means we have only a few days left. We are enjoying every activity and every moment together. Shabbat Shalom from Sugar Grove!