Thursday July 22
Today in shiur we discussed what the Gemara means when it says that “after the Beit haMikdash was destroyed, we find G-d within the four cubits of halacha” – the chanichim began to discuss the idea of the development of halacha and machloket and learning as a way to connect to Hashem, when service in the Temple is gone.
The beautiful weather gave us a full day of outdoor activities – High Ropes course gives chanichim a chance to overcome fears, the climbing wall gives them a chance to be amazed at their own physical strength, and Susim (horse back riding) gives campers a chance to get out of their comfort zone and work on trust. Some of the younger bunks had “bunny time” at our refet, our very own petting zoo with bunnies, birds, goats, a llama and many more animals that we take care of in the summer. Archery, dance and improv are some other activities the campers enjoyed, enjoying the opportunity to be active, creative and expressive. It just feels so good to be back here! And we are so happy to have so many first-time campers, especially in the younger eidot, since they couldn’t come last summer for Kaytana or Eidah Alef.
The night tochnit (activity) tonight was as follows –
Aleph – a fun scavenger hunt around camp
Vav – Lip-synching for girls / dodge ball for boys
Bet – Glow-in-dark machanayim (dodgeball-type game)
Gimmel – pre-Shabbos dance party, practicing the dances we do at Shabbat meals 🙂
Daled – “Human Apples to Apples” (so fun to play…ask your children to explain), followed by the special privilege of Mishmar with Rav Adi Krohn.
Looking forward to the Friday hikes tomorrow! And to “peanut butter jelly time” at breakfast 🙂
Kaytana learned about Akeidat Yitzchak and heard Hashem over the ram-kol (camp intercom). They boys had some time on the water trampoline today and the girls had swim at the pool.
Machal did the Gorge Hike, which is such a fun water hike! They slept at a campsite afterwards, which is starting to feel pretty cozy:) Although, to be honest, they ARE excited to reunite with camp tomorrow night at pre-shabbat mifkad.