י״א באדר ה׳תשע״ז (March 9, 2017) Getting Away To The Kibbutz Helps Us Feel At Home

This past week we spent five very fun days at Kibbutz Ketura doing all kinds of activities in and around the kibbutz. Ketura was our first break away from the Chava without any worry about what was happening back at school. It was a very relieving experience for us.

After our arrival on Friday afternoon, we spent a meaningful Shabbat praying with the community and helping with the services. The next day we went on a pretty difficult hike overlooking Eilat. From the top of the mountain, we were able to see four different countries at once-Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. This was especially powerful, as it was the first time since my arrival that I fully grasped that Israel is almost completely surrounded by Arab countries that do not necessarily like it. Yet, Israel has survived so many attacks and wars. I felt very proud of my new adopted country and how it has continuously survived war after war. Not only has Israel survived, but it has thrived.

We also learned about kibbutz life while at Ketura. All of us on TRY come from a democratic and capitalist way of life, and we were shocked when we learned about how the kibbutz works. For instance, everyone’s individual paycheck goes to the kibbutz and everyone gets a monthly quota on what they can spend on stuff outside of the kibbutz for personal purchases. This made us realize how much we love our lives back home in Jerusalem. It gave many kids on TRY more of a feeling that the Chava is our home for the next three months.

The break at Ketura made us realize that we are lucky to be able to have a little more freedom than a person living on the kibbutz, and it also helped us finally recognize that Israel is our adopted country until June.

ELIJAH WISE
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