Saturday, January 1, 2011

"Shavua Tov - Have a great new Week !"


Shabbat is over and I have to say that the Chabad hostel ASCENT in Zfat made a huge effort to "entertain" us. Not only with the "Healing Seminar with content according to the Rambam" but the entire Shabbat programme. 
No, we didn't get brainwashed by Chabad although it was mentioned plenty of times that Friday was the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi.

We had great meals together some teachings (general and not only Chabad !) and we, of course had a good LeChaim: Vodka and Jack Daniel's. 

Most of the Shabbat I spent in my favourite place - the library. However, here are some photos from before and after Shabbat at Ascent. Tomorrow I am going to write about the seminar, including healthy nutrition according to the Rambam !

Before Shabbat: One of the two Ascent founders, Rabbi Shaul Leiter, gave a lecture on the kabbalistic holiness of Zfat. 

The participants in the Shabbat programme usually come from all kinds of ages, countries and religious backgrounds. We had quite a few conservative Americans who enjoyed the programme but will remain conservative. 

At the Havdalah Service

Ascent frequently has soldier's groups coming in. The Ascent philosophy is that Israeli soldiers have to know for what they fight. They have to know about the importance of Hebron, for instance. 

Also the girls were dancing: behind the Mechitzah !

Photos: Miriam Woelke

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