Together, the Yahelnikim and our fearless leaders have been exploring more of the country. This past week we traveled to Hava v’ Adam, a sustainable eco farm. There, we met up with another Masa program, Eco Israel, and learned more about living sustainably and how to leave the least human imprint on our environment. They turned everyday conventional living into something useful.
The landscape in Israel is always changing. For such a small country, in a matter of hours you can swim in the cool fresh waters of the Kinneret surrounded by lush green hills and then travel south while you gradually watch the earth fade from green to the beige sand. Just like people, Israel changes with her moods. During the rainy season, which we are entering, green starts to patch the usual grey areas of the land – surprising and bemusing the eye. Israel’s weather changes in the matter of an instant and can quickly warm your skin or chill you to the bone. With Yahel we have been experiencing the land. A part of our time here is spent connecting to the land as well as the people. Sometimes my mood coincides with Israel, the rain brings a calm to my day and fresh air to our home. Other times we aren’t on the same page, she is happy and shinning while I feel like curling up in a blanket and staying inside. We always seem to resolve our differences and I cherish the moments I am able to stand alone and look out onto this amazing country.