Today we also drove up to the border with Lebanon where we were able to see the proximity of the Hizballah positions and how at any given moment they could unleash thousands of rockets over Israel. It never fails, every time someone who has never seen this before sees it for the first time, asks the same question; How can people leave so close to the border? The answer, very simple; "This is Israel, everyone lives close to the border." We were able to meet some soldiers who patrol our northern border and keep it quiet. The Pastors brought gifts from them from Las Vegas and they were able to ask them any questions they wanted. I think they were absolutely caught by surprise by two things; First, how amazingly young our soldiers are and second, how honest open and candid they are to people's questions. For me it is always an inspiration to experience moments like these, however, being how people who are not Jewish react to such an encounter was an incredible privilege that I will never forget.
I almost felt like an outsider! Me, a veteran visitor of Israel. Me, a firm believer in coming here as often as we possibly can, found myself at a loss of words in trying to explain what I was witnessing. This led me to a very obvious conclusion and a very difficult feeling. I was both elated and jealous! I keep asking myself, how can it be that so many people in our congregation make a conscious choice not to visit Israel when they have the opportunity. We can certainly learn a lot from The Christian groups I saw around me the entire day.
We also visited an incredible place at Hof Ginozar... If that name sounds familiar, well it is because there is a beautiful song that we sing at the beginning of Shabbat to welcome Shabbat where we talk about the Shabbat falling over the Valley of Ginozar. There we saw a 2000 year old fishing boat. It was preserved by The Israeli Antiquities Authority in a most remarkable way. It kind of makes you think what would be of all of these if it was a different people that had sovereignty over The Land of Israel.
We concluded the day with a meat dinner at Decks which is a wonderful steak house in the city of Tiberias. We came back to the hotel and collapsed looking forward to another amazing day of discovery and bonding. Tomorrow we are leaving for Jerusalem where we will spend Shabbat.
|Border With Lebanon... Those are Hiszbollah Positions|
|Meeting with IDF Soldiers...|