This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
Sherwood Anderson wrote about moments of being alive to each other or as James Joyce would call it—moments of epiphany.
Last weeks' Kilometers for Koby 5 day Israel trail hike could be described as a series of epiphanies, as being alive; to our fellow hikers, to ourselves, to the wilderness around us, and to the Divine Presence of order and harmony.
All of us felt blessed to be able to walk through the land of Israel. One of the participants who last year walked the whole Israel Trail in two and half months told us that we should be alert to the feeling of a magical sense of the divine.
We felt that magic walking together and talking, walking together in silence, witnessing together the beauty of the countryside or listening together to the plaintive cries of a coyote or fox. And we felt that magic one evening when a newlywed couple asked if we would honor them by reciting sheva bruchot for them at a restaurant where we dined.
We joined together with the land, with each other, and with the kids of Camp Koby who feel the magic of feeling truly alive to each other when they are together at Camp Koby.