Today, I went to Israel Solidarity Day with Dina, one of my friends, ironically (or not) whom I had met for my Birthright Israel trip. The day was a lot of fun, and one of the main activities is something that I would like to reflect on… the Walk For Israel!
At Israel Solidarity Day, there were several concerts throughout the day: Rick Recht for the young families, as well as the Jamman drum circles, the Maccabeats, and Hadag Nahash. Between the Maccabeats and Hadag Nahash concerts, there was the Walk With Israel portion of the programming, which was a 3-mile walk around Highland Park in solidarity with Israel.
Many people seem to enjoy elaborate activities when with friends, such as watching a movie, going to a party, or going to some sort of other cultural event. Although the Israel walk was certainly a cultural event, the fun part about it was the actual walking.
Walking is a great activity with friends, because it is free, it is exercise, and if you are adept at walking and talking, it’s definitely a social opportunity as well. Even if not, walking provides presence with friends or family with whom you walk, and at least for me, others’ presence is the only present that I need.
Plus, it reminded me somewhat of my trip to Israel, in which we did A LOT of walking, despite having traversed lots of ground in a bus. Essentially, almost four years after the trip, I am always looking for things to bring the good memories from the trip back into my consciousness. Whether this be the shirt that I got from the trip, some of the phrases that were said, or reconnecting with acquaintances, there are ways to keep it fresh.
I highly recommend adding walking to your list of social activities with your friends!
Today is the third day of the fourth round of M.A.P.L.E.
היום תשעה ועשרים יום–שהם ארבעה שבועות ויום אחד לעומר