On Tuesday, ה אב, yahrtzeit of the Arizal, the entire Yeshivas Kayitz trekked down from yeshiva to the old cemetery of tzfas to join the many people who came from all over Eretz yisroel to Daven at his kever. First stopping at the Rebbe’s brother Reb Yisroel Aryeh Leib to say a quick kapital Tehilim. The next day the bochrim were treated to an exciting and uplifting tour of tzfas. beginning with the modern day story of its capture in 1948 visiting an old army base. Continued with moving back in time to an exquisite view of the ancient city of tzfas and its many Kabbalist. Followed by an amazing presentation, delivered by a professional glass blower, about glass blowing and it’s meaning. The day finally ended with delicious pizza delivered to us in the old city, before returning to yeshiva on busses.
On Friday, after Shacharis and breakfast, the bochurim took the short walk to Ir David, where we were shown the archaeological findings of the original city of Yerushalayim under the rule of Dovid HaMelech, and even the structure which they believe may have been the palace of Dovid. We then walked through the Siloam tunnel, which was chiseled out of the rock on the directive of Chizkiyahu HaMelech, to bring the water closer into the city of Yerushalayim, in preparation for the advance of the army of Sancheriv king of Ashur. After wading through the waters of the ancient tunnel, it was time for an essential Erev Shabbos experience; the Shuk Machane Yehuda. There the bochurim navigated the massive crowds to pick up some treats for themselves, and spend money they each received for lunch. Then it was time to go back to our base on Har Tzion to prepare for Shabbos.
Enjoy the video of the first part of our incredible trip to Yerushalayim.
The bochurim of yeshivas kayitz we're thrilled to have the opportunity to hear the fascinating and dramatic story of Abraham Sinai. Growing up as a Muslim in Lebanon, eventually working for the Israelis undercover in Hezbollah and how he ended up as a religious Jew living here in Tzfas.
Today, Friday, the boys divided into a number of groups going to different areas nearby for Mivtzoim.
Groups went out with a shturem to Kiryat Shemona, Teveria, Carmiel, Rosh Pina, Chatzor and local in Tzfas.
B”H the bochurim were very successful giving the opportunity to many Jews to put on Tefillin, and gave out many Shabbos candle lighting kits.
Since the beginning of the summer the Bochurim have been working hard to earn "dollars" on their "Tef Hecher" credit cards, by taking various hachlatos to improve their yiddishkeit and chassidishkeit. From saying Krias Shema in the correct time, with a a hat and jacket, learning Chitas and Rambam and once a week writing in to the Rebbe. This week, the Bochurim who had participated until now (almost the entire yeshivas kayitz!) were treated to an exclusive "Tef Hecher" event on the roof of the Tzfas sta"m museum; beginning at sunset, and continuing into the night.
On Friday, the Bochurim went to the Galil Mountain Winery, where we witnessed first hand the machinery of the wine-making process, learned about how they do it, and even got to taste some of their product. To truly appreciate the wine, we first had lessons in wine-tasting, frrom the smell to the swish in the glass. We were also extremely lucky to have the opportunity to visit the main army base in the Golan Heights, where we had the rare experience of seeing tanks and ammunition up close, with the explanation of the veteran military experts.