By: Rabbi Feinstein
There’s something special about spending time away from home amidst pine trees, fresh air, blue sky, cold mornings, and singing Jewish songs. And for 27 summers I’ve had that unique combination surrounded by a gazillion kids at our Reform Jewish camps.
Sunrise? Is there a better time to teach about how the world works, and about the prayer calling on our Creator, the Maker of light? Sunset? What a moment to explain our ancestors’ view of God, who makes evening fall! Stars filling the skies, while deep darkness surrounds us? Such a breathtaking time to make Havdalah! It does the soul good to discuss tough questions with a camper while sitting on a log as birds chirp nearby.
“I grew up at camp, and spent the rest of my year going to school, waiting for next summer, to return to camp.”