falafel, shawarma, or pizza – day 6.1

After hanging out with the Druze for lunch, we took a hike on Mount Meron to a point that overlooks Lebanon.  While there, one of our Israelis told us about a military mission he was sent on during the Second Lebanon War.  A soldier had been mortally wounded in Lebanon, and Gilad and his squad were sent in to enemy territory to recover the body.  In Israel, no Jew is left behind anywhere.

Following the nice hike, we made our way to Tzfat, an old city in the North District.  The city (צפת) is considered one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Tiberias, and is a center for Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism.  We heard from a guy (below) who started studying Kabbalah while in Detroit, where he grew up, and then moved to Israel and has lived since.  The city is home to one of the oldest synagogues in Israel.

The night ended at Afik (אפיק), a kibbutz near the Sea of Galilee.

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