Day 38 - Masada, Dead Sea & Chanukah Party
Today was the day Masada was superior over Moriah. I was so excited to go to Masada and the Dead Sea especially after it had been cancelled. We got on a 2 hour bus ride and finally arrived at Masada. As we went up the cable car, seeing the view was amazing. Stepping off and actually standing on the mountain felt as if Masada College was home. Walking around with our bus groups, exploring and learning to understand our history and the battles that happened on the exact place that we were standing. The coming together to pray while over looking the view was an incredible experience. Holding the Masada College flag up as all the Masada students stood to take a photo was a feeling of togetherness and everyone being united. We then had the option of taking the snake path down, which was an opportunity that I was willing to take. It was lots of fun tripping over rocks as we were walking down the trail of stairs, which ended up being 952 stairs.
Next we moved onto the Dead Sea. Boys and girls were separated onto different beaches. Having been my first time going to the Dead Sea, I was very excited and curious of what to expect. At first the water was freezing cold but once you start to go further and further into the sea, I started to see the beauty of the water with its shimmering blue colour. Instead of sand, our feet were resting on pure salt under the water. Lying back into the water starting to float, made me feel like I was floating on a cloud. I couldn't believe that you could just float without having to make yourself try. All the girls rubbed the salt over their body to make their skin feel soft and smooth. The Dead Sea was an experience that I will always remember and I am happy that I got to do it with all of my friends for the first time.
We finished off the night with a fun Chanukah party with all of IST. We celebrated two Bat Mitzvahs of Chloe and Gabby who never had the chance to have a Bat Mitzvah when they were twelve. We also said goodbye to Tomer, who is leaving to Israel. An acapella group performed for us and having the surprise of one of our madrichim being a part of the group and performing with them made the performance even better. To end off our incredible day, we had a Chanukah party where we danced and ate jam doughnuts. Also having our Israeli madrichim come to join us for the party made the night even better. Overall the day was unbelievable and I am excited for the last couple of days of IST.