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Tuesday July 11 – CW Day 1

DATE: July 12, 2023

Color War Day 1 –  Reporting live:

Here in Machane Stone there are only two places/times one does not feel Color War: during tefilah (focus is on our relationship with Hashem) and in the bunk (where everyobe should feel comfortable and help one another). Otheriwse, game on!!

Our two teams this year are SHINUN (blue and green) and SVARA (black and orange). Let me explain:

We have been learning about the development of Mishna, Talmud and the halachik process, following the destruction of the first beit haMikdash. A tension arose between different styles of learning. One side of this split favored committing many teachings to memory and knowing them very well. This allowed them to be more easily passed from generation to generation, ensuring our ancient traditions remained perfectly intact. The other side focused on deeply understanding the logic of a specific issue and its reasons. This allowed for much creativity in Torah study and to continue to allow the Torah to adapt with each generation.

Shinun is the word for repetition – to the point of memorization. Svara is the word for logic and is all about analysis and creativity.   Shinun is best reflected by Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, Rabbi Yishmael and Rav Yosef (nicknamed “Sinai” sometimes) and Svara is best represented by Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbah (“Uprooter of Mountains”).

We appreciate and need both of course, but in this modern-day version of the battle, there will have to be a winner!!

After our regular morning routine of mifkad, tefilah, breakfast and shiur (today we focused on shinun and actually tried to memorize books in tanach, masechtot in talmud etc ),  there were team meetings followed by two peulot of sporting events.  Each eidah by gender had its own competition on a field, at the lake, in the pool, at the climbing wall or on the court.  Points are being tallied until Wednesday night. Team marches followed mincha, and each team sang and cheered to impress the Roshei Eidah. More competitions took place in the afternoon, including a camp-wide game of machanayim (similar to dodgeball).  Tonight, after team meetings, more marches, dinner and maariv, we enjoyed (and laughed a lot) at an Olympiada in Indoor World, where there were relay races and funny minute-to-win-it challenges.

All day, campers were getting involved in the projects and presentations that will be shown tomorrow night. These two days are a great opportunity for everyone’s creativity and talent to be showcased!!

Go, go, go, go, go, go.

Fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, fight.

Win, win, win, win, win, win,

Go, Fight, Win!!

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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