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Makor Chaim Week 4 Update

by Elie Burg ('18)


Towards the end of last week, the Makor Chaim exchange students headed to the Israel Museum. They had the chance to learn there about the evolution of various peoples and cultures in the history of Israel. They then had the pleasure of spending Shabbos at Yeshivat Har Etzion ("Gush"), where they heard from an array of amazing speakers and enjoyed bonding time together. Additionally, we visited the yeshiva's famous library, which houses not just an entire library from a shul in Amsterdam, but is also home to one of the largest library of Jewish books in the country. In all, it was a wonderful Shabbos, and the boys are having an amazing trip.

This past Thursday, we took a trip around the historical sites near Beit Shemesh. We crawled through caves from the Bar Kochba rebellion, experienced Israel's unique statlagmite caves, and stood on the hill where David defeated Goliath. We also sifted through pottery from the times of the Chashmonaim in the archeological digs of Tel Azeka. After our trip, we travelled directly to YU's Gruss Kollel in Yerushalayim, where we will be staying through this Shabbos. It's hard to believe that we've reached the halfway point of our trip already.