Livnot: Part Deux

I made it to Livnot in September 2012 (NE76) by shear luck. If you believe in mysticism and that coincidences are in fact design, than I truly was meant to have come here. After a magnificent week of spiritual growth and personal learning (see any of the past Chevre’s experience blogs to know what I mean), the short week came to an end. This was my second time in Israel, the first being Birthright in 2006. When it came time to leave, a familiar feeling of “I don’t want to leave yet” came back. This time, however, I knew I would not wait 6 years to come back!

Kitchen Jam

Kitchen Jam

In just under a year I was in Israel for a third time, and back with Livnot. This time around I planned for 2 weeks. I have a career and job that waits for me back home. If it were not for the job, I am not sure how long I would stay here…..probably a very long time! My return was different, and after the amazing life changing “Part One” I was really not sure what to expect. I contacted Livnot for my return, and was unsure if I should just do two weeks of the Northern Exposure again. I asked if they had any ideas of what I should do with my time. They had the perfect idea for me to do some intern work around campus. With the knowledge I may be working, and an unclear idea of what that meant, I was a bit concerned with how my experience would be this time. Would I go hiking, would I be part of the group or outcast, would I have the same incredible feelings and learn more about life again? With lowered expectations, I was immediately surprised by the mind blowing conversations and incredible people I met on day one!

It was nice to have shown up to Livnot on the day of Tu B’shvat. We had some really good conversations, some of us tried/succeeded in fasting, and we had a great moment in the Bar Kochva caves.

It was really great to be able to help around campus with anything I could, including cooking, cleaning, Shabbat prep, working on the Livnot Facebook page, writing, and recruiting. There is nothing better than seeing a group of people go through some of the same incredible learning and spiritual growth I myself went through previously, and to be a part of helping them get there. I have fell in love with the city of Tzfat, the people who live here, and the incredible staff of Livnot. It is extremely refreshing to renew my feelings from my last time here, and prepare to bring these feelings back home and to work. Tzfat and Livnot feels like my home away from home. Who knows, maybe I will get to spend a longer period of time here in another chapter of my life….. I hope so!


Edited, but still breathtakingly beautiful

Meir Paltiel
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Originally from Syracuse, NY, Meir received his BA in American History and Political Science from Tulane University and his MS in Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. He arrived in Israel in 1992, served in the Nahal Infantry Unit before moving to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. On Kibbutz, Meir was Assistant Manager of the... Read More