ג׳ בסיון ה׳תשע״ז (May 28, 2017) In the Blink of an Eye

Almost three months ago, in late February, we returned from five days of snorkeling, biking, and relaxing at Kibbutz Ketura with a new realization: We had completed the first month of TRY. It felt surreal, as if our time was slipping away, but we knew that three more months still lay before us.
Then we blinked a number of times. In those blinks, we experienced moments of laughter until our stomachs hurt, breathtaking views on hikes, late night movie marathons, and discussions that challenged our opinions on religion, politics and humanity.

The last blink happened recently, and suddenly those three more seemingly never-ending months were no more. We have arrived at the very end of what has been an unbelievable adventure. Now everything-from tiyul to test-is a “last.”

As we take our final tests, the atmosphere in the dorms is a combination of stressed-out students wanting to succeed, and passionate TRY kids desperate to take advantage of our every last moment together. We shift from intense study session to intense dance party in a matter of seconds.

Over the course of four months, I have gotten to know most people on TRY better than classmates with whom I have gone to school for eight years. This is because TRY is not just about going to school, rooming, and going on amazing trips with people. When you live with people in such an intense environment as TRY, you truly experience everything with them, and get to know every facet of them. Through the ups and downs, pain, tears and sheer happiness, we learned to be there for each other. Despite most of us knowing nothing about one another before TRY, we became 41 Jews from across America and Canada who fought like siblings and hugged when reuniting after Host Shabbat weekends like best friends who hadn’t seen each other for years.

We have witnessed one another be pushed past our comfort zones, and seen the unique impact TRY has had on each of us individually as we have grown into more mature versions of ourselves.

In four months that passed by in a couple blinks of the eye, TRY has given us countless indescribable experiences that will forever bind us together. We are 41 Jewish teenagers who started out as strangers, but who now have unbreakable connections to each other, and to the Land of Israel.

LUCY FRIED
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