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Usually they say time flies when you’re having fun, and this is both true and untrue for the past six days. The truth is in the fun and the not so true part is that time has flown by. Our days begin at 6:30 AM and end somewhere between the hours of midnight and 2:00 AM, so we have pretty packed schedules. The past six days have been spent in Jaffa, spontaneously scaling mountains, climbing Masada, hiking in mud, taking the not-so-easy paths to get from Point A to Point B, joking around with our awesome staff, and eating our body weight in schwarma and falafel. We started out as 35 strangers with seemingly one connection, being Jewish. After almost a week, and with 8 new lifelong Israeli friends, we have become family. In such a short time we have shared so many laughs, experiences, and definitely some embarrassing moments. This trip to birthright has successfully been educational as well as incredibly fun. We all share a bond that nobody else can ever really understand because we’ve gone through everything together, especially complaining. Just kidding, but not completely. With only about four days left, and only one with the Israeli soldiers, I’m sure we’ll spend it learning, walking, cuddling, walking, eating, walking, hugging, walking, and continuing our journeys through Judaism and sharing memories together. Shoutout to Shabat, the man, the teacher, the spirit, the leader.


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