August 7, 2011

Noah Horn

After a memorable experience at the Sound and Light show at Migdal David (David’s Tower), on motzei Shabbat, most of the group just wanted to go to sleep.  However, one member of the group, i.e. me, suggested that we wake up at 5 AM for a vatikin minyan at the Kotel.  Fortunately, a good number of the group actually attended even though sleepy-eyed and zombie-like.  I ran ahead of everyone in order to make it on time to the minyan, missing seeing Mr. Solat (who used to live in Potomac).  Yael Green was the first customer at Hadaya Jewelry and got a 50% discount on her purchase.  Go Yael!  I happened to pass out in the large lounge for 3 hours, but the rest of the group found their way back to their beds. 

Our chesed project of the day was going to Mevaseret Zion and planting a garden with Ethiopian children at their Absorption Center.  I and a few guys played soccer with some of the older Ethiopian teens.  This was a really fun and meaningful experience.  Because we finished learning Pirkei Avot, we were able to have a siyum, which meant that we could have a meat meal.  So off we went to the local mall and found a kosher McDonalds. 

We traveled to an area where the Macabees fought the Greeks. This was really neat to connect Greece and Israel.  We made a human timeline where each of us stood up and made represented different dates on the Jewish timeline.  I was honored to represent Moshe Rabenu.  We continued on to our next destination which was a museum called “an Invitation to Silence.”  It was an interactive museum to understand what it is like to be deaf.  We were split into groups and were not allowed to speak.  We wore big head phones and we learned how to communicate using body language and Israeli sign language.  This was a most powerful experience.  Then for dinner, we went to a restaurant called “Kapiche”, where the waiters were deaf and we ordered food via a dry erase board.  In the same building as the restaurant is a theater, where we watched an amazing dramatic presentation by actors who are blind or deaf or mute.  The play was called “Not by Bread Alone.”  Once the play is over, the audience is invited up to the stage to taste the bread that the actors have baked during the play.

What a great day!

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