First Shabbat

Shabbat Shalom Moshava community!

This weekend was our first Shabbat at Mosh. Friday and Saturdays are very different from the rest of the week here– we have a more relaxed schedule, which gives chanichim (campers) time to reflect on the past week and appreciate Shabbat. Fridays start out the same as most days at Mosh– we have avodah (work) in the morning, and also do peulat shichvah (an educational activity) with our age groups. However, in the afternoon, chanichim (campers) are given time to clean their tzifim/ohelim (cabins/tents), shower, and get ready for Shabbat.

Kabbalat Shabbat begins with everyone meeting at the toren (flagpole) in order to wish each other Shabbat Shalom and mingle with friends.

DSC_0384 DSC_0387 DSC_0415 DSC_0430 DSC_0432After that, everyone holds hands and makes their way down the Kikar (path). We form a spiral in the grass, and sit and listen to chanichim (campers) and our Rosh (head of camp, Lila Weintraub) share their thoughts about Shabbat and some words of wisdom for the upcoming week.

DSC_0439 DSC_0441We then have Kabbalat Shabbat in the grass, facing the setting sun. This week, the Bogrim (going into 10th grade) shared some poems and prayers that they found meaningful, and we said the blessings over the candles, wine, and bread.DSC_0446 DSC_0450 DSC_0447After saying the blessings, we all headed to the chadar ochel (dining hall) for a delicious Shabbat dinner. We then sang Shabbat songs together, and did rikud (Israeli dancing) together as a machaneh (camp).

On Saturday, chanichim (campers) get the chance to spend time with the other kids in their tzrifim and ohelim (cabins and tents), relax around machaneh (camp), and wind down from the past week. Though this Saturday was a little bit rainy, we all still enjoyed each other’s company and the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat as a community. Shabbat is one of my favorite times of the week, and I can’t wait till next week when we can celebrate again as a machaneh (camp)!

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