Thursday June 23
Today we learned about King Yoshiyahu and his sense of religious mission as king. After finding a Torah scroll in the Beit HaMikdash, opened to the section that had rebuke for the nation, the king felt like G-d was hinting to him that they needed to repent and clean up the idol-worshipping going on! And so began a major Teshuva revolution. We’ll come back to this later on during night tochnit (activity/programming)
It was a day packed with peulot – basketball, beach volleyball, horse-back riding, swim, ceramics, archery etc. All the suitcases have been put away and it feels like we have been here for a week! This evening before dinner, we had the annual Chugim Fair to learn about the different electives that will be offered three times a week: various sports activities, glass-blowing, bracelet-making…and then some silly fun ones like Kite Flying & kumzits, Nothing Rhymes With Orange and Bob It (bobbing for not-just-apples) In your next letter, ask your camper what chug he/she chose.
Tonight’s night activity returned to the learning we did, as each eidah had a scavenger hunt for the altars and a “find the fake navi” game show where an MC asked three prophets questions and the campers had to figure out who the fake navi was.
The bunk names this session reflect the time period we are studying. Some examples of bunk names are: Sancherev (King of Assyria), Chilkiyahu (a navi), Yochanan ben Zakkai (one of our greatest Rabbis from the time of the mishna), Daniel and Yehuda haMacabi.
Each day a different bunk has toranut – they are in charge of setting the tables, serving the food and cleaning up. We all know what it is like to be toranut, so we try to be patient when we are waiting for refills 🙂 Today, one of the 8th grade girls bunks did toranut: Thank you Bunk Herod!
Kaytana learned about Yitzchak and Rivka and came to their wedding right before dinner! They sat quietly during the chuppah ceremony, clapped and sang and danced after and enjoyed wedding cake! This blogger was the bride 🙂 For some chanichim, this was the first wedding they ever attended, and they really enjoyed themselves.
Machal had a 7-mile hike, part of Tracy’s ridge in the Allegheny Forest. We will hear more from them tomorrow, when they return to camp for Shabbat.
Tomorrow is hike day!! Looking forward!