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By Kallah 2010 Bloggers on 07/23/2010 @ 12:05 PM

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Tisha B’Av
Tuesday the 20th was Tisha B’Av. For those of you who don’t know, the 9th of Av is a major fast day which commemorates the destruction of the two temples as well as other catastrophic events. A large amount of Kallah participants chose to take part in the fast, many for the first time. To set the tone for the day, a program was held the night before about the Holocaust in which participants got the chance to express their feelings in a variety of ways (i.e. drawing, writing). Everyone attended Shacharit the next day and had the opportunity to hear Eikha (the Tisha B’Av lamentations) read. Participants then watched the “Paperclips” documentary and instead of lunch, those who fasted had guided meditation. “Rising from Tragedy” rotations filled the rest of the day before a long rest time. Finally, the fast was broken with delicious pizza.

Israel Night Like American Nights, But Cooler
On Wednesday, July 21st, in the midst of the pouring rain, a certain excitement could be felt through Kallah; Israel night was approaching, and no one could wait. Rumors were circling that Yoni would make his world-famous pita. The Israeli delegation was busy planning crazy songs and programs.

Other highlights included:
-Learning how to make bracelets with our Hebrew names
-Drinking Bedouin tea with Dan and Brian
-Rocking out to Israeli dances with Shir and Hadar, the dance instructors
-hearing from educators and Israelis about their most inspiring Israeli experiences
-Admiring fashionable hairwraps by Amanda
Everyone returned to their dorm covered in arts and crafts jewelry with full bellies of pita!

Mora-So Much Fun!
Yesterday we went to visit Camp Morasha along with Camp Moshava, two Orthodox Jewish summer camps. We had the opportunity to split up into small groups and discuss the differences between our lives and theirs. Afterwards we danced with a Mechitza separating boys and girls. From this experience we learned a lot about the Orthodox denomination and can’t wait for them to come visit us next week!


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