I met with my hometown Cantor about either studying abroad in Israel or interning this summer in Israel. She strongly suggested doing it and shared with me her own story of how she studied abroad in Israel and turned her Jewish Studies Minor into a Major with all the classes she took. I am also a Jewish Studies Minor so her experience helps me think about turning into a Major as well. She also suggested going to study in Haifa; there, she says, Israelis will actually talk to you in Hebrew (instead of reverting to English) and I would have a better learning experience. That is why she lived there for 6 months during her sabatical. This conversation made me think of the idea of spending an extended amount of time in Israel more seriously. The next step is talking to my parents and seeing what they think about it!
Wellesley College: Legend, Satire, and Storytelling in the Hebrew Bible - Edward Silver, Spring 2018
This semester I'm taking a class called Legend, Satire, and Storytelling in the Hebrew Bible. So far we've been reading Ugaritic and Canaanite texts which reveal the basis for the structure and style present in the Hebrew Bible. What I've found most interesting is that the Bible is a Henotheistic text, meaning it acknowledges there are other deities but only one worth worshipping. Later edits to the Bible try to cover this up but often make the text incohesive, revealing the true, original intent. While I don't think I'm going to go around telling everyone I meet that the Hebrew Bible is not monotheistic, it changes the way that I read the text and how I analyze it in its historical context. I also have never been too concerned with my spiritual connection to g-d, but rather maintaining the Jewish tradition that has been passed down. Learning about the process in which the Hebrew Bible came to be, helps me to understand that Judaism in itself is not a rigid religion, but a culture that is open to interpretation and changes based on personal and societal beliefs.
I took a class last semester with Barbara Geller; "Women in the Biblical World." It was a fantastic class where we analyzed texts from the Hebrew Bible and noted their significance for women in that time period. I learned that despite the BLANK that women's lives around the household, we saw examples of autonomous women whose wealth allowed them to take higher positions within the community, such as a head of a synagogue. One of my favorite parts of the course was a research paper on our topic of choice. My middle name is Ruth so I decided to delve deeper into her story. Ruth's importance is very complicated, but to put it simply, I learned that not only does the text contain themes of marriage, redemption, and levirate, the story's historical context makes it important in addressing Israel's changing attitudes towards foreigners.
I had the time of my life here. It was the oddest feeling but I felt right at home even though I had never been and was surrounded by people speaking a different language. I had been toying with the idea of joining the IDF even before I went to Israel. I decided that I would first go on Birthright to see if my connection to Israel would strengthen even more, or if once I got there I would snap out this crazy idea. The most meaningful part of the trip to me was visiting Mount Herzl. Many of the Israeli soldiers that were part of our group shared stories in front of the gravestone of the friends they had lost. It was here that I finalized my decision to come to Israel, once I have graduated, and serve in the Israeli Defense Force.
I don't remember how old I was the first time I visited the D.C. Holocaust Museum but I remember being quite young but understanding the seriousness of the topic. The shoes stood out the most to me, and the next time I went (in 8th grade) it was the thing that, again, touched me the most. I went again in 10th grade during a RAC trip, where I took more time going through the exhibits and was not ashamed to show my emotions. I think EVERYONE needs to attend a Holocaust museum at some point, preferably in their youth. Learning about the Holocaust is the first step in preventing something like that from ever happening again.
Not technically a restaurant but the closest dining hall to me at my college is the kosher dining hall! I eat there quite a lot so most of my meals are kosher. I think the funniest experience I've had there so far is explaining to someone why there was butter available with the bread in the morning but not at night, when there is usually a meat dinner.
I had an especially wonderful time at last year's Passover. I'm lucky to go to college pretty close to my home, so I was able to invite my new Jewish college friends over to celebrate with my family since the school didn't give us the holiday off and they lived too far away to spend it with their own families. It was really nice having both family and friends around the seder table, drinking, laughing, and sharing stories. It was nice sharing my family with my friends and it was equally nice to show off to my family what awesome people I was hanging around with at school.
My Hebrew name is actually my regular English name. My parents wanted to give me and my siblings names that would connect us with our Jewish heritage. I am Arielle Ruth. Arielle means lioness of g-d which is pretty badass I would say. My dad picked Ruth because it was one of the closest formidable female associated with King David, who he views as the central figure of historical Israel.
This app is called ivrit and it's helping me learn Hebrew! I have it set to teach me 5 words per day. Next semester I plan on taking Hebrew so hopefully, this app will get me ahead a little.
I chose to like MASA because I'm greatly interested in going back to Israel, and I think studying there or participating in an internship would be really cool.
I had my Bat Mitzvah on my 13th birthday. My Parasha was Pekudei, which marked the completion of the Tabernacle construction. I don't even remember what I talked about it my speech, but I remember being so relieved after it was done. Finally, after a year of hard work, I was done with the service and it was time to party! I was proud of myself then, and still am now. Going on birthright, I realized that I was in the minority, most of my trip-mates hadn't had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Also, girls in Israel don't actually read from the Torah, they just have a party. I realize now how special of an opportunity I was given, and I'm glad I took it.
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