It’s Friday evening and we are currently in the middle of some energetic rikudei am (Israeli folk dance). We just saw an oneg performed by the Amelim and the Chotrim after a chicken and matzo ball soup dinner.
Yesterday was our last Yom Ragil (regular day). In addition to our normal activities, we did a peula (activity) for Tisha B’Av. The chanichim walked through a museum of tableaux representing various tragedies in the history of the Jewish people. Then each shichva had a sicha (discussion) related to Tisha B’Av and prepared a speech to give at the machaneh-wide tekes (ceremony) that followed. The mood was somber and commemorative as the tekes unfolded.
Emotion is at a high right now as we enter our last Shabbat of the summer. Already we have seen the tears of several chanichim who are going to miss being at Gilboa. We are going to make the best of the last two days of the summer!