From Rabbi Gottlieb, 10/23/2014
Our day today began with a hike in the Hula Valley Nature Reserve, a peaceful walk among the flora and fauna of the Galilee and migrating birds visiting Israel on their way to Africa for the winter. Then the contrast of the Golan Heights, where from a single lookout point we could see the border with Lebanon, the border with Syria, and the kibbutzim and Israeli towns in the valley below and know how close the enemy once stood and how vulnerable our brothers and sisters could be. After a brief interlude making our own chocolate creations at a Golan Heights chocolate factory, we had dinner and spent the evening with the young soldiers who protect The Land and without whom we could not have enjoyed this beautiful day. They were our inspiration on this day. We pray for their well being, and for peace for Israel and her neighbors.