As many of you know, on Monday night began the Jewish day of fasting and mourning, Tisha B’av. At Yavneh, we do all kinds of things to commemorate the day, including reading the book of Eicha (Lamentations), engaging with various kinnot (somber Jewish poems), and having discussions and reflections about the meaning of the day. The discussion Leviim had as an Aydah was truly eye opening for me, and I’m sure for all of our chanichim as well. We heard a story from the Talmud that prompted a discussion of what it means to help and stand up for others. Tisha B’av isn’t the most fun day of camp, but I guarantee it was a meaningful one.
As the day moved on, we helped plant an apple tree, signifying our hope for the future. Once the fast was over, we had a delicious break-fast of salmon, garlic bread, and rice, capped off by cheesecake for dessert!
At breakfast on Wednesday, Sarah asked me (Ravi) to prom, beginning Leviim’s Yom High School!!! All of our chanichim were divided up into fake “cliques”, and got to dress up as their group (there was theater geeks, mock trial, robotics club, and lax bros). In the afternoon, our chanichim went to class! First period was science class, learning about the physics of how to spin a bucket full of water around. Next period was health class, where we talked about affirmative consent. After that, we had choir and exercised our vocal chords. Last but not least was gym class. The banot headed off to had football practice while the banim played some good games of dodgeball. After dinner, we had our very own prom! We took pictures by the Agam (lake), and everyone dressed up. After that we had our awesome prom dance party!! It was a great day of fun for all of our chanichim, and a great way to get them excited about high school.
Today we are headed off to the beach!! Great island common in New Hampshire to be exact. It’ll be a great achla yom (awesome trip day) and we can’t wait to tell you more about it!!
Ravi and Sarah