What a fantastic week we’ve had in Cochavim! We ended last week with Shabbat Disney, in which we discussed friendship as related to “Toy Story” and looking past appearances as related to “Beauty and the Beast.” We finished Shabbat with a sing-down, in which teams faced off against each other to see who could name the most songs with words like cochav or star, tinok or baby, and ahava or love.
On Sunday night we played the “Machine Game,” in which the tzrifim (bunks) worked together to build parts of machines with their bodies and to come together as a whole unit.
Monday night was the beginning of Tisha B’Av, and we sat on the stadium courts with the entire camp for Eicha. On Tuesday morning we discussed what Tisha B’Av really means. We built the Beit Hamikdash (Temple) out of Legos and then destroyed
it to talk about what destruction feels like, read a midrash about Kamtza and Bar Kamtza to talk about sinat chinam (senseless hatred), and cleaned and decorated Beit Cochavim to talk about ahavat chinam (unconditional love). In the afternoon we watched “Beauty and the Beast” and related it to our earlier conversations about sinat chinam and ahavat chinam.
On Wednesday we went on our edah trip. We started off the morning at Fun Factor USA, where we bounced on inflatable slides and jumped on the velcro wall. After lunch, we went bowling and tested our skills (with bumpers, of course). No trip would be complete without ice cream, so we stopped at Carvel on our way back to Camp. We finished the day off with a movie, and watched “Hercules” before dinner.
We’re all looking forward to our last Shabbat of the summer. Shabbat Shalom from Cochavim!!