Israel Reflections

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The second day in Israel we went on a hike in the Golan heights to see a waterfall around 100 feet tall. The hike nice and light, but fraught with the perils of getting messy. Stu will reminisce about how he decided to wear brand new white Nike runners which were completely destroyed by the thick clay mud. If you look closely, you will see a hand reaching out to help Kyle across the stream.

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In the holy city of Tzfat I enjoyed the ancient stone of the city and the thick religiosity that permeated the streets. This photo gives the sensation of a peaceful walk through Tzfat. Descending the stairs staring out at the blinding hills surrounding the city a feeling of transcendence can take you.

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Masada is an ancient Jewish settlement set remotely in the desert. After a night in Bedouin tents we ascended this once impenetrable city. A story told by our soldiers of the peoples suffering sent a solemn tone through our group. An even longer walk down awaited us on the other side as an opportunity for reflection.

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On the outskirts of the Arab Market in Jerusalem I stumbled across this Israeli Flag hanging near a lantern. Sensing the symbolic potency of the flags proximity to the lantern, I walked around until I was able to achieve this picture. The light through the Star of David is both symbolically meaningful and aesthetically pleasing.

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At the Western Wall (Kotel) many Rabbis assist Jewish males in wearing Tefilin in order to better communicate with God. Here I am being assisted myself. It was an odd sensation, as the straps are wound tightly around your arm. When placing your hand on the Wall you can’t help but feel the energy emanating from the holiest of sites for the Jewish people.

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Also at the Kotel are many friendly Rabbis who, when not busy with prayers, guide and assist others around the square. Feeling invigorated from the energy in the space, I took this picture of a truly iconic Rabbi.

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