The first Shabbat of second month was one to be remembered by all. The kids snaked out of Mifkad and straight into davening where echoes of Lecha Dodi could be heard all the way to Highway P! The energetic Chanichim joined Plugah, Avodah and guests to welcome in the Shabbat at Beit Yaakov Levi. The zemirot at Friday night dinner were so loud that the room felt as if it was shaking. Shabbat day was filled with tons of Ruach at Lunch as well as other times throughout the day. After lunch everyone davened Mincha and then the Chanichim had parsha shiur.
This Shabbat marked the tenth Yahrtzeit of Yaakov Matanky zt”l. Rabbi Leonard Matanky, Yaakov’s father and longtime member of the Moshava family, delivered a shiur to Mach Hach, Avodah and tzevet in Beit Yaakov Levi, the outdoor Beit Knesset built in Yaakov’s memory, during Sha’at Menucha. Other members of the extended Matanky family joined us in Machaneh for Shabbat to mark the occasion.
Yaakov made an indelible mark on the lives of all who worked with him and especially influenced the lives of his chanichim. He was loved by all and his memory will be forever cherished by the entire Moshava family.
After Sha’at Menucha (rest time) the chanichim came back to the chadar ochel for “nosh” – afternoon snack. The chanichim then went to mifkad and snif, a Shabbat afternoon activity led by Mach Hach. At seudah shlishit the chanichim experienced one of the most moving parts of Shabbat, slow shira (singing). What a great way to end such an amazing Shabbat. After seudah shlishit, the chanichim davened Maariv, and then Sgan, Adir Pinchot led an amazing Havadalah.
After Shabbat, the fun did not end. The boys and girls played older shevet versus younger shevet dodge ball. The younger shevet won, and everone is looking forward to a fun filled week in camp.