New Perspectives by Makayla
Today we went to two museums: the Yitzhak Rabin museum and the Blind museum. Both of the museums were very interesting, but my favorite out of the two was the Blind museum. I liked the Blind museum better because of how much more appreciative of my eyesight I now am and how much people as a whole depend on their senses. When we first went into the pitch black, I got so overwhelmed because I could no longer see, even if my eyes were open. We were in the museum for about an hour and a half, and throughout the entire time in the museum, I was constantly panicking because of how unexpected the feeling of being “blind” was. I could barely make it an hour and a half of being “blind”; I can’t even begin to imagine a lifetime of not being able to see.
Something I learned today was how important Yitzhak Rabin is/was to the Israeli culture. The people considered him to be the peacemaker of Israel, which was a very important role.
In comparison to America, which is more of a laid back type of culture, Israeli culture is a type of culture that people from most countries do not get to experience. The unity of the Israeli culture exceeds expectations. For example, everyone is required to join the army. While I would personally not want to or be extremely afraid to, out of who I have spoken to about it, most of the Israelis are not scared or want to go into the army to protect their beloved country. I also learned how many positions in the army there are. I always thought that going into the army meant going into combat, when there are actually an abundance of other positions one can participate in, such as medical, psychological, etc.
Being Jewish in Israel is almost completely different than being Jewish in the US, but there are still some similarities. For example, there is very little anti-semitism among the other Israelis, while in the US, there is way too much anti-semitism related actions across the US. They are similar, however, in which I have seen a lot less very religious Jews in Israel than expected, and I do not have many religious Jews in my hometown.
My time in Israel exceeds expectations. The last time I was in Israel, I was too young to be able to remember. I was never able to experience the culture, people, places, etc. until this trip. In all honesty, I’m not too sure what specifically I was expecting, but I most definitely was not expecting to climb Masada and most of the activities we did.