Tarbut Yisraelit: Bogrim Makes Aruchat Tzaharayim and…Escape Room! Test: What is דֶּגֶל הַדְּיוֹ‎?

These chanichim (campers) from adat-haBogrim had some fun, delicious, extra-curricular time with our tzevet Tarbut Yisraelit (Israeli Culture staff) who have gone above and beyond to immerse our chanichim in Israeli music, dance, food, geography, history, law, and politics this kayitz (summer).  The chanichim prepared aruchat tzaharayim (lunch) including Shakshuka, Burekas, and Rugelach, using recipes in Hebrew.  Try it at home: test your Hebrew proficiency by cooking a meal using only recipes written only in Hebrew.  LeHatzlacha (good luck) and BeTayavon (bon appetit)!

These chanichim are enjoying and learning through the interactive (hyperactive?), intricate activity Heder Bricha (Escape Room).  The tzevet Tarbut Yisraelit created, designed, and built this amazing educational scene.  There are a series of challenges (cross a mine field; cross a spider web of caution tape; pop balloons with a dart; through rocks in an egg carton and uncover letters of a word).  When the team completes each challenge, they receive the next clue, and at the end they get the answer.  All of the challenges and clues had to do with the facts surrounding Israel Independence Day and the Reunification of Jerusalem.  One example: have you ever heard of דֶּגֶל הַדְּיוֹ? In case you haven’t, here is the photo and description below:

The Ink Flag (Hebrewדֶּגֶל הַדְּיוֹ‎, Degel HaDyo) was a handmade Israeli flag raised during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War to mark the capture of Umm Rashrash. March 5, 1949, Israel launched Operation Uvda, the last military maneuver of the war. On March 10, the Israeli Defense Forces reached the shores of the Red Sea at Umm Rashrash, west of Aqaba in the area of biblical Elath, and captured it without a battle. The Negev Brigade and Golani Brigade took part in the operation. A makeshift flag created from a white sheet inscribed with ink was raised by Avraham Adan, company commander of the 8th Battalion of the Negev Brigade.[1]

The improvised flag was made on the order of Negev Brigade commander Nahum Sarig, when it was discovered that the brigade did not have an Israeli flag on hand. The soldiers found a sheet, drew two ink stripes, and sewed on a Star of David torn off a first-aid kit.[2]

In Eilat, a bronze sculpture by Israeli sculptor Bernard Reder commemorates the event.[3] The photo of the raising of the Ink Flag, taken by the soldier Micha Perry, bears resemblance to the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.