Day 10 - Lehava - Jaime Taitz
After spending time in the holy city of Jerusalem, it was time to head up north. The 3 hour bus ride came and went very fast - as many of us admired the amazing terrain Israel has to offer. After a delicious lunch - we had the opportunity to bike ride through the spectacular northern plains of Israel through the Hula Valley.
Crowds of millions of cranes migrating between continents cheered in the soundscape of the Hula Valley. Fresh winds of freedom blew in our curious faces as we cycled on the path in North Israel. Lush hills of the Golan Heights lurked on the horizon. ‘Shalom, shalom!’ We greeted Israeli families with friendly enthusiasm, embracing the culture. The nature reserve’s pure beauty and diversity of flora and fauna intrigued me. I was fascinated. Lost in the serenity of the green environment - mesmerised by the overhead ray of descending birds. Near the end of the route we paused to appreciate the tranquil waters swaying below the mountains. ‘Smile!’ We took a group photo before completing the bike tour.
After a short bus ride, we arrived at Kibbutz Misgav Am where Lebanon, Syria and the Mediterranean were in view. We heard about the rough experiences of a member of the Kibbutz who faced various attacks from Israel’s surrounding neighbours. I was inspired by the varying concepts of borders - geographical, social, physical and personal. Are borders a positive safety feature or are they restrictive? Must borders be maintained or can they be broken? The Madrichim challenged us to reflect and question the borders in my own life.
Before heading off, we scanned the horizon lit with flickering amber lights, outshining the darkness of the night. What a beautiful day we had exploring what Israel’s north has to offer.