A Day in the Life of Sha'ar
Complied by the Revive Israel Editing Staff
The Sha'ar Hakerem program is intertwined with Revive Israel's
daily schedule of worship and Bible study. The students join staff and
friends at 8am in our prayer room for a time of worship, praise and
intercession followed by an hour of Bible study taught by Asher or other
team leaders. After a short break the students resume more intensive study
apart from the staff for another hour.
Each week a focus theme is chosen. These include prayer, holiness, inner
healing, God's love and other life building subjects.
After refurbishing the mind and spirit, the students are ready to refurbish
the body, and make their way to the Yad HaShmona communal dining quarters
for a hearty afternoon meal!
Now the afternoon program begins - a physical work program coordinated with
the needs of the moshav. According to Tal, the work program team leader,
the goals of this portion are three-fold: 1. doing physical labor, 2.
learning technical skills, 3. applying lessons from nature to our spiritual
This semester's jobs included olive picking, tree trimming, and
clearing surrounding forest. In addition to the specific tasks, the
students learned how to use technical tools, and how to identify local
plants and weeds as well as forest parasites.
One particularly interesting lesson dealt with the thorny vine brush that
grows rampant in local woods. These vines thrive on surrounding foliage. If
the vines are not cut and cleared quickly, they choke the plants and kill
them. One student showed us "wounds" in his flesh from this job as well as
many tears in his clothing!
"And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it,
and it yielded no crop." (Mark 4:7)
We believe that physical work, and specifically working the land, is
integral to spiritual wholeness for the students. While some found this
portion of the program particularly challenging, others were invigorated by
Sha'ar Hakerem students also maintain an evening schedule which
consists of personal meetings and further study. The highlight, according
to one student, was the weekly lesson with seasoned Israeli Bible teacher,
Etti Shoshani, on systematic Bible study tools and on the subject of
Please pray with us for Sha'ar Hakerem's upcoming term this
spring, for the right students, appropriate work/study program, and
spiritual growth in these young lives!