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I will remember this past Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur forever.

This past Jewish Holiday was definitely a very memorable experience. I will remember this past Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur forever. For starters, it was my first High Holiday in Israel. I had an experience on the night on the back half of Yom Kippur that was one of the most meaningful experiences I have felt in my life. There’s not really too many words to describe it besides ‘life’.

After we broke the fast, which went well, we got into little groups of ten and walked into town. At first I thought it would just be a normal walk like any other night. But when we got onto the street, I quickly realized that there were no cars in the streets at all. Instead of cars the streets were filled with Israeli kids and some adults righting around on their bikes, scooters and skateboards. I felt left out because it looked so much fun. I then asked my teacher who was walking with us if my friend Ariel and I could go back and grab the scooters that we bought a few weeks earlier. And somehow we were allowed so we headed back and grabbed the scooters. We then proceeded to go ride around town with all of the Israeli kids, as we got to talk with many of them. This was essentially the first engagement that we had with the locals as we got to ride, talk and laugh with them while still taking part in the required social distancing precautions. All of these kids looked so happy do be out in the open. I kind of got the feeling like they were all just getting a break from corona even though they were all staying safe while doing so. After our ride, Ariel and I rode down a big hill back to campus without stopping and it was just amazing and we all just felt free. It was great and I will remember it forever.