If you were worried about the logistics of planning a summer road trip, the stress of packing up the family minivan pales in comparison to Gil and Jenna Lewinsky, who are currently trucking across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto with a flock of 120 sheep in tow.
The sheep were at the center of high-level negotiations between Israel and Canada to allow the Lewinskys to bring the flock to Israel, even though Israel does not allow for the importation of livestock from Canada.
These modern-day shepherds are utilizing a massive 18-wheeler rather than a wooden staff to herd their sheep the 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) from outside of Vancouver, on the West Coast of Canada, to a farm about an hour outside the Toronto Pearson Airport. The overland trip should take about a week and a half.
The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made a special, one-time exception to allow the sheep to make “baa-liyah.” The sheep must be quarantined for a month near the airport, and they will undergo an additional quarantine in Israel.
Gil and Jenna Lewinsky hope to bring the sheep to a farm near Katzrin, in northern Israel, and create a visitor’s center celebrating the heritage of this biblical sheep.