Submitted by Zach Epstein, Class of 2013
We began the day driving through Mitzpeh Gadot, an abandoned Syrian outpost and learned about Israel’s miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Day War as well as the war’s aftermath.
Soon we arrived at Tzfat, a center of Jewish mysticism that today is full of synagogues, alleyways, and art stores. After the destruction of the second temple, many rabbis headed from Jerusalem north to Tzfat. Glancing at the deep expanse of hills pointing toward Jerusalem, one can see how the rabbis were inspired to develop a new understanding of the Torah. In Tzfat they wrote the Mishnah, which is a commentary of the Talmud, which is a commentary of the Torah.