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Israel Bike Ride 2010 – Shabbat at Mitzpeh Ramon (Guest Post by Carol)

Posted by rabbiart on October 24, 2010

The ride is an amazing event on every level – physical, emotional and spiritual. The first time Art did the ride, I was unenthusiastic about Shabbat in Mitzpeh Ramon. After all, it is just a very small development town in the middle of nowhere, with one main asset – the machtesh. The machtesh is spectacular, and pictures just don’t do it justice – a huge multi-colored hole formed by erosion surrounded by steep sides.  I learned not to pre-judge a place. Shabbat in Mitzpeh Ramon turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip.

First the services – riders led, including a number of wonderful rabbis – they were spirited and spiritual. Second is Shabbas dinner – unlimited quantities of fabulously delicious food. Next the Shabbas afternoon panel with students and alumni. They are an impressive bunch – thoughtful, concerned and willing to take the path not taken to make this a better world. It’s not easy to engage in challenging studies and even more challenging dialogue, but AIES provides a place for both.

Lastly Havdala by the machtesh.  We are two for two in regard to engagements – two riders announced their engagement in 2008, and a lovely young couple associated with AIES announced their engagement this year at Havdala. You can only imagine the joyous singing and dancing in response to their announcement. Seeing the stunning full moon visible in the light and watching the sky darken and the stars shine, culminated by the beautiful Havdala ceremony, was something we won’t forget.

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