|Avraham Lowenthal in his store in Tzfat|
In Tzfat we met Avraham Lowenthal, a Kabbalistic artist who shared with us that growing up In California he felt Judaism offered nothing in the way of real spirituality. However, as a college student at the University of Michigan, he was introduced to the works of Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, a noted author on Kabbalah, and his life was changed forever. He ultimately learned that Judaism did indeed contain great depth and spirituality. With his beard and peyos (sidelocks), dressed in all white and in his very chill West Coast cadence Avraham remarked: ”Guys…this wisdom of Torah is just so deep and awesome. You need to study the inner parts of Torah to see how powerful and spiritual Judaism really is”.
|Julie & Camel|
Name: Julie Stein
Profession: personal injury attorney for a small plaintiff’s firm
In her words…
The last time I went to Israel was almost 10 years ago. I have been anxious to return and this trip was the perfect opportunity. It’s so important to support Israel at all times!
Yesterday was amazing-I specifically loved Amuka. When I was praying for my friends and myself I felt a strong spiritual connection and felt very connected to the land.
Fun fact about yourself…
When I was 4 years old a car crashed in my bedroom.
|Julie Praying at the grave of Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel in Amuka. Amuka means “depths” and this site is known to help find one’s soulmate.|
DRINK OF THE DAY – Israeli Craft Beer!?
Just a few years ago, there were pretty much two options for beer drinkers in Israel: Goldstar and Maccabee (bad and worse). To the delight of many of the participants on the trip, we learned in Tzfat that Israel has a very up and coming craft beer scene. While traveling abroad in the U.S., many Israelis apparently picked up on the success of the microbrewery scene and noticed a business opportunity. Following their natural entrepreneurial inclinations, many have been able to successfully launch holy land home brewed craft beer brands. Great news for Jews who enjoy their brews!