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Rosh Chodesh Av

Posted on 08/01/2011 @ 10:26 AM

(Written from the perspective of our friend, the Ibex)

This morning—Rosh Chodesh Av, after butting heads (literally) with my brother, I noticed a group of 10 PDIers walking up the path leading to the vast expanse of my home, the Negev. They seemed to be a cheery bunch (at least cheery for a 6am Tiyul—hike). After inquisitively looking at my tracks (and those of my friends) and trying to (rather poorly) track us, they gave up and the PDIers went their separate ways.

Some of these characters put on boxes on their heads and arms and swayed back and forth, others rummaged through the desert trash to find used bullets and parts of bombshells, yet others took some time to themselves to just check out my home. Eventually, they gathered back together to discuss, eat breakfast, and drink tea and coffee.

I followed them back to their shelter at Kibbutz Mashabei Sadeh, where these curious humans swam, enjoyed free wireless, and eventually even did some Hebrew and Bible study. During Hebrew, they learned about the root “B.D.D.” which is the building block of words such as “alone.” After, they discussed what deserts mean to the
Jewish people as well as the State of Israel through studying texts.

They hopped on the bus and I could not keep up. I did, however, catch that they were on their way to Mitzpeh Ramon, the largest ecological crater in Israel. I quickly called up my friends in the area so that they could spy on these travelers and report back.

After getting to Mitzpeh Ramon, and seeing our beautiful sculpture garden, these peculiar individuals decided to climb on our art… so American (I guess maybe they were trying to imitate us—again, this was a poor attempt). After taking in the magnificent view of the crater and taking many pictures of my friends as well as each other, the group boarded the bus to enjoy dinner and head north to Be’er Sheva where they would spend the night dreaming of our agile movements on the mountain side.

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