Na'aleh - Day 8 - Adam Jankelowitz
This morning, like every morning, we were supposed to wake up at 7, except the wake up committee forgot to wake everyone up. So we were all late for prayers again (much to David’s dismay). We went to prayers and then for the standard hotel buffet breakfast of powdered eggs and borekas.
When we finished breakfast the boys got on the bus to Yeshiva and the girls got on another bus to Midrasha.
For me, today was my best day at Yeshiva so far. The morning Gemara lesson was extremely enjoyable and all of the Shiurim we had were incredible. Each of the topics we learnt were extremely relatable and interesting. All of the Rabbis we heard from were so inspiring. Each one giving us a new idea to think about within Judaism.
At lunch a few of us went up the road to get our daily Ice Coffee. As we returned to the Yeshiva we came back to hear that Greg had tripped and went to hospital. Luckily he got back from the hospital with only a few scratches.
In the afternoon we were put in pairs with Yeshiva students and learnt both with and from them. It was really great to learn so much from someone who is around the same age as us who we can relate to. Most of these boys left their homes from America and have come to Yeshivat Lev Hatorah to find a greater meaning to our religion. Every single one of them has so much knowledge about being Jewish and it is really inspiring to be learninv with them at the Yeshiva.
Once our day of learning was done we met the girls at Shuk Machane Yehuda to have dinner at a place of our choice. We were given a few hours of free time to walk around, get food and go shopping.
It was really different to see the shuk at night. It isn’t as busy and you are able to see the amazing different graffiti artworks on the walls, which as our mads pointed out to us were painted by the same artist who visited Moriah last year and painted our basketball mural.
After our time in the shuk the boys were treated to a Krav Maga session and the girls and an energetic Zumba lesson. The boys arrived at this really dodgy area not knowing what we were in for. We went into the centre and the instructor started screaming at us straight away. At first we took it all as a joke until he started punishing us for talking or laughing. In the session we did lots of sprinting, boxing and we learnt how to get out of a headlock. This was a really great bonding experience for us all and taught us a lot about teamwork.
With only a few days left, of this experience of a lifetime, we are all taking in everything we have learnt. We can’t wait to see what these last couple days will have in store for us.