By: Aviv Asoulin
Everyday on birthright has been amazing, but for me, Sunday was especially amazing. It was a long, emotional, and rough day. We started at mount hertzel, the military cemetery. We got to hear many stories of brave young adults who gave their lives for the state of Israel. I also had the honor of sharing the last letter my cousin wrote to his girlfriend before going into combat and passing away.
Next, we went through the old city of Jerusalem and saw all of the historic sites from thousands of years ago. Through the old city we made our way to the most holy site in the world, the western wall. As I had received some rough news earlier that day, I connected to God in a way I've never felt, said many prayers, and had the honor of seeing many others pray and connect in ways they never had. We also had Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for those that never had the opportunity.
Seeing many people get emotional in all of the sites just made me realize that the connection all Jews have to each other is beyond what anyone can imagine in the world.
We then went back to the hotel were said goodbye to our 8 Israeli Soldiers.