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In the Footsteps of Our History

The hills surrounding the yeshiva in Ramat Bet Shemesh have been the scenes of historical events, from the times of the Tanach to the Palmach. For the second day of the new Winter Zman, we decided to explore our locale. The afternoon began with a trip to Tel Azeka, from which we described the epic battle between David and Goliath in the valley below us. Next, we traced the final footsteps of “The 35”. Their valiant efforts to trek overland and bring much-needed ammunition and medical supplies to the besieged Gush Etzion ended in their tragic deaths, but not before a running battle that lasted much of the day. We hiked to the hill where they took their last stand, and paid homage to their heroism. We concluded the day in Gush Etzion, where we saw the powerful film describing the founding and destruction of Gush Etzion. Standing at the last bunker, we sang Ani Ma’amin and HaTikvah. These two days were physically and emotionally exhausting, but together, we hope that the experiences not only brought the talmidim closer together, but also provided them with the motivation to begin the long Winter Zman with a sense of the privilege that they have of learning Torah in Eretz Yisrael, and particularly here in Ramat Bet Shemesh.