It'sin the morning and I can't sleep, so at least I can give you a little update. The kids have been beyond exhausted both nights, making blogging fairly impossible. They begged me for mercy last night and I yielded, but you will be seeing blog posts very soon. Sorry for the delay, but I just couldn't force them on this one.
Yesterday was our first day in Israel. The kids were up early despite their exhaustion and the mood was one of palpable excitement as we had our first chance to see the land in beautiful morning light. We prayed together on a lovely "mirpesset" (balcony) and the kids were so excited about the very Israeli breakfast spread that included such classics as chocolate spread and vanilla pudding. We had a long hike (along with what seemed like half the nation's school children!), ate a delicious shawarma and falafel lunch, visited multiple overlooks onto the Golan and Syrian border, watched a movie about a miraculous battle from the Yom Kippur war, davened mincha overlooking the Kinneret, ate a late dinner at the hostel, and stumbled off to bed in disbelief that this had been just one day.
The kids will write more detailed descriptions of these adventures with pictures too, but hopefully this little morsel of information will be enough to sustain you until the blog is updated.
With blessings from the Holy Land,