am--breakfast, flag raising, briefing
6 pm dinner
7 pm --activities, lectures about Israel
we eat with soldiers in cafeteria--buffet style, 5-6 types of vegetables every day, meat or fish food is good and healthy, we sleep in the barracks, few people in the room
on the cots, shower and toilets in the separate house to walk outside,
basic conditions , but no problems, people have higher purpose than personal comfort,
we have 3 madrichot--women soldiers who are liaison between volunteers and the Army, they take care of us, help us and teach us about life in Israel,
the atmosphere is very friendly, spiritual, educational and devoted to Israel,
commander of the base told us that last year on this base volunteers saved 10 million shekels which is $2.5 million by not calling reservists--miluim-
not paying them salary and
by fixing old equipment instead of buying new.
i always wanted to be in Israel at this time to experience Yom Ha Shoa---Holocaust day, Yom Ha Zikaron--Memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror and Yom Ha Atzmaut -Israel's Independence Day on Hebrew calendar,
i participated in a very emotional and powerful ceremonies on the Army base,
listen to a siren for 2 minutes when everything and everybody stops, all cars, buses, people get out and stand still, soldiers tell stories of their families, people go to the cemeteries, a lot of crying , mourning and grieving,
but on sundown it is over and 60 seconds later starts the happiest holiday- birthday of Israel, people are dancing, singing, concerts are every there in the country, parades, day off for the citizens, 2 extremes next to each other,
life goes on, it is so unique, only in Israel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i went to a wonderful Yom Ha Azmaut concert with my cousin who is a music teacher in the school, children and adults performing together, singing and dancing, a lot of lights effects, big TV screens,
everybody participating from the very young to the very old, very happy celebration
on the weekends i met my family and friends and visited wonderful places
like Tel Aviv University, walking streets of Tel Aviv, tour to Masada, Dead Sea, Hulla Valley.
in my 15 visits to Israel i am learning about Israeli people, their life stories, what they went through, achievements of the country as a nation, diversity of nature and people on such tiny piece of land, optimism, no hate, energy, believe in future.
no oil, no natural resources, the only commodity here--great people.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday i will be home
love to all, Inna
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