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Israel Legal Mission - Day 5 & 6

Israel Legal Mission - Day 5 & 6

Monday, 30 October, 2017 - 9:50 am

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Friday and Shabbat was a highly charged emotional experience!

We started with a morning visit to Hebron, to trace our roots back to the birthplace of Judaism and all religions. We learned the history of Hebron which had a continuous Jewish community since Jews entered Israel over 3000 years ago, until 1929 when the programs against the Jews was an excuse for the British to make it judenrein. We walked through its history and witnessed the community living there today. We prayed at the Machpela cave and it felt so special to do it together.

We then had a chance to feel the vibe of Jerusalem preparing for Shabbos at the Mahne Yehuda market.

After we prepared for Shabbat we walked to the home of the Clayman family overlooking Har Habayit for a candle lighting ceremony which was moving and powerful. We then walked together, blending into the hundreds, marching to welcome the Shabbat at the Kotel. 

The Kotel was an uplifting experience as we sang the prayers while dancing with intense spirit.

We then went to eat at the Chabad shul just 100 meters from the Kotel. The Shabbat meal was legendary with moments of laughter and tears, lots of singing and dancing. The food superb and the energy and feeling of brotherhood palpable. We continued with a farbrengen back at the hotel until the wee hours of the morning.

Shabbat was a day of rest while we held an interesting discussion on Judaism today. Lunch was enjoyable as discussion continued. We then heard from an Israeli Arab journalist, Khaled Abu Toameh, giving us a perspective of Israel through the eyes of a Muslim Arab.

We ended the Shabbat with a musical Havdalla on the 22nd floor terrace of Harry & Nancy Bloomfield. As everyone held their spice bag and the terrace full of lit Havdala candles and after explaining how havdalla carries Shabbat into our mundane week. An uplifting and special experience and ending Shabbat on such a high (literally).

We ended our evening with a tour of the graffiti art of the shuk telling the story of Israel and Jewish history.

Regards,

Rabbi Moshe 

 

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