This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Seth Mandell
I'm sitting in a cafe in Jerusalem planning out the details of our second Kilometers for Koby fund raising hike.
"We'll start on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) at Mount Hertzl. That's appropriate, I think," our guide Allan Rabinowitz tells me, pointing to a spot on his topographic map. "Then we'll follow this path here," he adds. I watch his pen trace a squiggly line moving toward the left (west)… "We'll end that first day at Ein Koby."
"Ein Koby?" I say. (It means Koby's spring in Hebrew. )
"Yes it just turned out that was the best place to stop. Isn't that amazing? I think it's beshirt" (divine providence).
Maybe he's right. I once heard a Hassidic rabbi say that even in the worst of times the Creator often leaves us little signs. Why not in the good times too?
If I had told my grandparents that I'd be sitting in a cafe in Jerusalem planning a five-day hike through the hills and valleys of Biblical Israel, they would have thought I was crazy.
For the first time in 2000 years Jews have the ability to hike through their own land. It's not only besheret, it's miraculous. Think about it. Appreciate it. Join us on the hike!