[M.A.P.L.E. v-14] Off the grid

This post was written ahead of time. Today, I’m in the Beaver Creek Reserve for a שבתון (Shabbaton: a retreat on Shabbat) with Temple Sholom of Eau Claire.

Because I’m not writing the post during the day, I just thought that it would be nice to give pre-conceptions (and they’re all positive).

I am really excited for this שבתון, as it may give me a little taste of five years ago when I was in Israel, and the שבתות (Shabbat days) were off the grid and outdoors. It will definitely have a different feel, but it should be good. Unfortunately, I saw a lot of rain on Friday morning, and hope that it abates by the evening and stays away from that area today as well as tomorrow.

I can’t pick the weather though!

Another piece of excitement: I will not have my phone or any electronics on me. I want to actually enjoy nature and take a day of rest and relaxation with some of my acquaintances from Eau Claire. They might not largely have the same youthful exuberance as my friends from the Twin Cities, but it is fun to commune with different types of people, and I seem to get along well with anyone… finding common ground is surprisingly easy for me.

If this goes over well, I will have to seek out other opportunities like this. Maybe the BJC 20/30 group will do something like this?

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Today is the fourteenth day of the fifth round of M.A.P.L.E. That makes two weeks.

היום עשרים ואחד יום-שהם שלושה שבועות לעומר

Tourney Times: 7 days.

Rochester: 13 days.

Kenosha: 18 days.

Twenty-Nine: 50 days.

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