Options - Midrasha - Cassie Bobrow & Noa Jankelowitz
After the confronting and life-changing experiences of Poland, and many special and unforgettable moments in Israel, we felt so privileged to have the opportunity to have our questions regarding the Jewish People and our religion answered by inspiring and knowledgeable Rabbis, Rebbetzins and Madrichim.
Having spent two incredible and fulfilling weeks at Midreshet Amit on Na’aleh, we could not wait to embark on a new and different Midrasha experience at Harova, located in the Old City.
To start our day we bought a typical and delicious ice coffee which got us ready to be focused and prepared for the day ahead.
Together with the other girls who had chosen to attend Midrasha, we arrived at Midreshet Harova where we were warmly welcomed by Rebbetzin Rachel Himelstein, Rav Johnny Sack, Rebbetzin Ester Deutsch and several students who are currently studying there. Each teacher gave a unique Shiur with valuable lessons that we can incorporate into our everyday life.
In our first Shiur with Rebbetzin Rachel, we were told a story from the Gemara about a simple man who had little knowledge about Judaism, and a righteous Rabbi whose knowledge exceeded common standards. Through this short Midrash, we were taught that no amount of knowledge is more valuable than humility. Kindness and humility are two core values that are fundamental in Judaism, and it is important not to lose sight of them. We were taught that we must face life and its challenges with an open mind and positivity. Instead of making fun of, or judging those whose knowledge is not as extensive, one should share and deepen their understanding of Torah. This Shiur was thoroughly enjoyed by all the girls as it had such a valuable, relevant message which can be easily integrated into our everyday lives.
The next two teachers were incredibly educated and their love and passion for their Judaism inspired us all to continue to ask questions and learn about our Jewish Heritage. Each teacher took a different approach to their Shiur, but as a result of their drive and enthusiasm, we were engaged and captivated. They saw potential in our expansion of knowledge and this created a desire for us to engage and learn. It is not often that we have an opportunity to have the questions, that we have acquired after going through traumatic and enlightening experiences, answered by such knowledgeable and well known experts.
After a stimulating and intellectual day, we were excited to reconnect with our peers from Yeshiva and the medical clowning option to have a nice family dinner.
Following dinner, we raced off to the Jerusalem Go Karting centre… as our adrenaline began to rush, we let our hair down, sped and crashed into each other! It was the perfect way to end our first day of learning!
Cassie Bobrow and Noa Jankelowitz