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They're Here!

The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived! Yesterday at exactly 12:10pm, the new Midreshet students of 5772 landed safely in Israel. Rav Eitan, Rabbi Berglas, Vicky, Bracha and our amazing Madrichot were there to greet them with signs and smiles.

After everyone got their luggage, the girls boarded the bus and we began our surprise trip with our first stop at Mitzpeh Rechavam, a beautiful look-out from above Har Ha-Zeitim. From there we saw the entire Har Ha-Bayyit and talked about the history of davening for our return to this special place in Yerushalayim. The girls heard words of encouragement about living al kiddush Hashem and making the most out of the year.

All the girls received a Midreshet shirt with "Im Eshkachaich Yerushalayim" printed on it, and were thereby able to fulfill the practice of "tearing kriyah," as a mourner does, upon seeing the ruins of Yerushalayim after many months (or years) of being away. A group photo with the Har Ha-Bayyit in the background was in order (appearing soon in our website photo gallery) and afterwards the students were given a few moments to write notes to place in the Kotel as well as daven minchah at Mitzpe Rechavam, a quite inspiring and unique place to visit.

Next stop was the Kotel with a few minutes for Tehillim and personal introspection, after which we proceeded to our long awaited and final stop for the day, Midreshet, for supper and unpacking.

That night, the dorm was full of friendly chit-chat, music and fun as the girls settled in, unpacked and became comfortable with their new friends and surroundings. Thank you to Sarah Proops, our Eim Bayyit, and to Hannah, Avichayil, and Rivki, our madrichot, for staying up late and making sure everyone was settled and happy.

Thursday's a busy day with checking in and orientation in the morning and a trip to Kever Rachel in the afternoon. The evening will follow with a BBQ at Rav Eitan's catered by our very own 'master chef' Faigie Reves. A great evening awaits the girls, with lots of ice-breaker games and fun to help everyone meet and become fast friends.

Our first in-house Shabbaton of the year is coming up so stayed tuned.

Wishing everyone a fantastic year, filled with success, personal fulfillment and lot's of fun!


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