Golan and Golani
Golan Heights Travel Blog› entry 21 of 29 › view all entries
October 1st, 2008 – by: mistein
The hike was really incredible and started at an old arab military point. After hiking into the valley we hiked to a few waterfalls that we got to swim through. Once we finished with the hike, we headed over to an old IDF military post.
Then we headed to the Bedoin camp where we were spending the night. One of my classmates led a really nice outdoor Shabbos service and then we all helped to make the dinner.
The next morning we woke up early and went on a longer hike through a different part of Golan. We also took a stop at the Kinaret which is the Israel gets the majority of its water. It is much lower than it usually is since they are in the midst of a draught but it was still beautiful and extremely windy. I had so much fun going on all these hikes and spending so much time outside.
After a bit of down time at the University everyone headed to various parts of the country to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year).
Several different families hosted us for dinner and lunch throughout the holiday. It was so nice to not only have a home cooked meal, but to also be able to share Rosh Hashanah with such interesting people. They made the decision to live and raise their children in a very highly disputed area because they feel it is important that Jews have a presence in this part of the country.
One of the most moving parts of the weekend for me was walking up to the Synagogue for services. This building is thousands of years old and is constructed from the same stones as the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem). The entire city shut down for the holiday and everyone was walking to services together. I really enjoyed the service as well… even though I was lost through most of it, I was impressed with how much I was able to recognize.
Other highlight of the holiday was my very first marriage proposal. Basically we were eating dinner at Chabad one night so random people tend to just show up here and this old man named Bernie from LA brought this guy Mosche with him. My friend and I spoke to this guy for about 23 seconds because he spoke no English and that is as long a conversation as my Hebrew allow-- essentially all we told him was that we are students in Haifa. But I guess this was enough for him... because when our hosts decided it was time for these guys to head out he was quite insistent that he talk to me because he wanted to have a Jewish house with me in it...
Well… I don’t think I can really capture the emotions and thoughts I have had these past few days, but I thought I would make an attempt. I hope all is well with everyone… can’t wait to hear back from you.
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