My Livnot Experience: Danya Gorel

Hiking into the sunset in northern IsraelThe happiest I have ever been in my life, was at Livnot in Tzfat. The person I was there, was a better version of myself here; a happier version, a more positive version, a more energized version, and a more fulfilled self.

DSC_0134 (2)This program reshaped my identity, and brought to life a part of me I didn’t even know existed. There are so many memories I could talk about surrounding my Livnot experience, but one of the most impacting images that comes to mind was the sky.

I don’t know why, but the sky in Tzfat brought a sense of joy and awe that words cannot even begin to describe. It reminded me how big our Universe is, and how small we all are as people on this planet. Though we seem to be so insignificant, we also can have such an impact on this world and the scale of size in this world we live in just amazes me.

DSC_1153The midnight sky (along with the sunrise and sunset over the mountains) were the most beautiful works of art I have ever seen in my life. It gave me faith that there was a design to this world, and that something so breathtaking, was created as a gift. I didn’t know the definition of midnight sky until I came to Israel. I could never have imagined there were so many stars out there in the night sky, and the moon in Israel seemed all the more real, brighter, and spiritual.

DSC_0130 (2)Livnot was an experience I would never, and could never forget, and I will continue to aspire to achieve that level of joy and happiness I once felt in the mystical mountains of Tzfat.

-Danya Gorel, 257 June 2013 Galilee Fellowship

Photos by Tasha Gorel

Shayna Rehberg
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Shayna Rehberg straddles the Gen X/Millennial divide in Tzfat with her four unique and creative children as an ‘unlabeled’ Jew. In all her spare time she also enjoys music, photography, blogging, collecting knives and teacups, swapping stories, and shopping in the shuk.