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Published: February 20th 2006
Sarah and me at the playground
Kibbutz Lotan is a very special place, and over the past month it became an important part of me. Throughout the month, as a group we spent most of our mornings working on our project--an "Insect Safari." We built a large wall with date palm branches, mud, and hay that eventually will be the perimeter to some sort of learning exhibit about insects. In the afternoons we learned about ecology, global awareness, Progressive Judaism, and all sorts of other things. The sessions were engaging and inspiring. We spent the rest of our time reading, writing, thinking, relaxing, playing outside with Kibbutz kids, and visiting with Kibbutz members. The community on Lotan was warm and loving, and welcomed us with open arms. We also traveled around the area quite a bit, with one of the Kibbutz members as our guide. The region's beauty is unimagineable. It was hard leaving Kibbutz Lotan--for me it became another home. I was able to leave in peace though, knowing that I'll be back time and time again.
I'm back in Haifa now and the second semester is beginning. We had our Hebrew placement test this morning and luckily, the results show that I did learn something
One of our odd projects...decorating the Kibbutz entrance with rocks.
last semester. I'm looking forward to another few months of trying to absorb as much Hebrew as I can. We're in the middle of course registration, so I'm still not sure what I will be taking this semester, but the preliminary list is looking as follows: Hebrew 6, Modern Standard Arabic II, Intro to Rabbinic Literature II, and Literature of the Holocaust. I'm also planning on signing up for a course taught through the regular university as opposed to the overseas department in order to challenge my Hebrew even further.
Luckily, being in the desert I missed the coldest time of year up here in Haifa. Now that I'm back, the days are getting longer again and the weather's getting more and more beautiful by the day. Soon, spring will arrive!
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