March 12-13

Hello everyone,

Unfortunately today’s post will be pictureless – the wireless internet is acting up and therefore I cannot use my laptop to upload and post the pictures and must stoop to using the dinosaurs in the computer lab.

Oh well, you’ll have to read like big boys and girls I suppose 😦 I will post the pictures in two days – we have an overnight tiyul tomorrow and will return Thursday night.

Update: Hoorah pictures!

Kosher McDonalds!!!

The morning began early as usual. We were told to wear hiking boots, blue jeans, and a long sleeved shirt that we didn’t mind getting dirty. Today we were to crawl through the ancient Bar Kochba caves, built by the followers of Bar Kochba during the rebellion in order to hide from the Roman army. We got on the bus and finished watching Gladiator (awesome movie, by the way), and watched the beginning of the movie Invincible (pretty good, actually). I love movies 🙂 But anyway, we’re on the bus headed for the caves and we arrive at an overgrown field, and get off with flashlights in hands. We followed Yossi to a small cave dug in the ground – this is the cave that we are about to enter. We lined up single file and began to squeeze into the small opening, dodging the huge swarm of bees that lived at the mouth of the cave. As I sat with the insects buzzing around my head I thought to myself how much I wished the people in front of me would move. Yes, it’s true, I didn’t want to be stung. But anyway, we began to crawl on our hands and knees through a very tight, small cave. It was like crawling through a tube – it was so much fun! We crawled for a little and ended up in an opening, an ancient room used by the Jews to hide, which was later used by the Romans to raise pigeons. We turned off all of our flashlights and sat in the dark listening to our lesson of the day from Yossi. The entire time I tried to see my hand in front of my face, but to no avail. It was almost like I could see more when my eyes were closed than opened. Quite eerie. We continued our crawl, and one point flipping onto our backs in order to climb up the “elevator shaft,” holding flashlights in our mouths, as well as holding the person in front of us’s legs up while they crawled down another hole in the cave. We shimmied and squirmed and some of us got momentarily stuck, but we all made it out okay. As soon as we finished there were shouts of “let’s do it again, let’s do it again!” and, in order to oblige, some of us did it again. It was so much fun.

We headed back to the bus and continued our ride to an ancient coliseum, where the rebelling Jews were once sentenced to death. Mimicking our recent adventure in film, we pretended to be Maximus battling Lions and Roman soldiers in a fight to the death. We learned how Rabbi Akiva died tied to a pillar and tortured as a rebel rabbi. He died smiling, telling his disciples who were watching that he’s said the prayer “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might,” and that the first two he could do, but until his last few moments he never understood how to love God with all of his might; he died yelling the line “Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.” We walked around the Gladiatorial arena a little longer then headed back to the bus.

Carly the lion! Posing in the coliseum.

We finished Invincible and arrived at yet another mall! Yay! We enjoyed some kosher McDonalds (I had chicken nuggets, most people got double Royales – “Do you know what they call a quarter-pounder wit cheese in Paris? A Royale wit cheese.” Sorry, I can’t help thinking of Pulp Fiction when someone orders a Royale) and walked around them mall then got back on the bus to, if you were lucky, fall asleep during the movie Bounce (oh God it’s terrible). When we got back we hung out and went to town, with the promise of being able to skip class if we managed to snag a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with his girlfriend. She lives in Hod HaSharon and he’s here visiting – we were told that they closed up the Kotel last night just for them. How adorably…obnoxious.

Yay McDonalds! Mmm...

Today was classes yet again, which went pretty well. Tonight we had an early birthday celebration for none other than our own Carlyn Arogeti. Happy Birthday Carly! Her mom was so nice and bought us all pizza and cake and drinks. Thanks Mrs. Arogeti! We led Carly off campus for a bit then yelled SURPRISE when she came upstairs. The pizza was pretty good…but I’m ready for some ice cream. They have really good popsicles here. Mmm…

Carly and her birthday pizza! Cake *drool*

Well, that’s it for days 13 and 14. Tomorrow we go up north on a two day tiyul. We stay at a kibbutz tomorrow night then are back on campus for Thurday night. I’ll tell you all about it when we get back, as well as post the pictures that are meant to accompany this post.

-Jamie

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11 Responses to “March 12-13”

  1. Elana Z Says:

    Jaimes,

    You’ve come a long way baby!!!! How fun to follow your amazing escapades. And you happen to be an awesome story teller. Much love!

  2. Kalpana Kini Says:

    Jamie,

    I just spent my planning period reading all the enteries. I want to be there. Keep writing. Say belated happy birthday to Carly and Matt.

    DK

  3. brad cherson Says:

    Great job…remind jeremy to fill out his resident form for hartford…maybe he will listen to his peers.

    You guys are having an amazing trip…I hear Yossi is fantastic!!

    Cheers,

    Brad Cherson

  4. Marianne Fixelle Says:

    Jaime

    You are the best! What a wonderful storyteller you are. We don’t need pictures to conjure up the images you describe so beautifully. Please keep up the great work. I look forward to reading you blog each and every day.
    Hugs and kisses to all.
    Marianne

  5. Sheryl Rechtman Says:

    Jamie, I feel claustrophobic just reading your adventures getting through some of those tight tunnels and caves. I’m glad you guys enjoyed it!

  6. Jody Steinberg Says:

    Jamie, you ARE an wonderfully talented storyteller – thanks so much for sharing. I can see that your following increases daily. Your narrative makes me, like most of your readers, wish I were there (except that narrow passage in the cave part) and wish my own children will have such a great experience when they are grown.

    The Class of ’07 is an AMAZING group, to quote your beloved madrach, Yossi. He wrote Sim raving about your great Jewish knowledge, your sense of respect balanced with a great zeal for FUN! and he even included a few other compliments – that kind of PR you cannot buy – y’all have really made a fabulous impression on behalf of Weber and we thank you.

    If any of you busy people want to see what’s going on back at Weber (a LOT), you can go to our website and read the issues of the Shofar at Don’t be surprised if you recognize one of the photos in the Shofar as your own. You can also see pics of Purim and the Evening of Honor on the Photo Gallery page.

    JS

  7. Jody Steinberg Says:

    (forgive me if this posts twice, but it does not seem to have posted the first time)
    Jamie, you ARE an wonderfully talented storyteller – thanks so much for sharing. I can see that your following increases daily. Your narrative makes me, like most of your readers, wish I were there (except that narrow passage in the cave part) and wish my own children will have such a great experience when they are grown.

    The Class of ’07 is an AMAZING group, to quote your beloved madrach, Yossi. He wrote Sim raving about your great Jewish knowledge, your sense of respect balanced with a great zeal for FUN! and he even included a few other compliments – that kind of PR you cannot buy – y’all have really made a fabulous impression on behalf of Weber and we thank you.

    If any of you busy people want to see what’s going on back at Weber (a LOT), you can go to our website and read the issues of the Shofar at Don’t be surprised if you recognize one of the photos in the Shofar as your own. You can also see pics of Purim and the Evening of Honor on the Photo Gallery page.

    JS

  8. Miss Vann Says:

    Jah-me,

    Remind me to tell you about the time that I had to hide from the Roman army, too. No caves, but lots of James Bondesque driving. You are a very brave girl to fight bees and claustrophobia.

    And do you not think it ironic there are a thousand folks in Rome with the name Leonardo? Did you plan for such symmetry in your writing? Of course you did!

    Wamest regards to all y’all!

    SV

  9. Robert Sichel Says:

    Dear Jamie:

    I have resisted replying to the blog as there is nothing I could say which would contribute. However, I could not resist sharing my thought that while a picture may be worth a thousand words, your words are more valuable than any pictures. I look forward to every new entry in the blog.

    Love,
    Dad

  10. brad cherson Says:

    grab some photos of jeremy for us….we forgot what he looks like!

  11. Doryn Chervin Says:

    Great storytelling, Jamie. Thanks so much for keeping us all up to date. It feels like we can experience some of what you are experiencing.

    You never said if you saw Leo and his girlfriend!

    Doryn

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