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Yael Greenbaum Is Inspired by Midmo Learning

Yael Greenbaum is studying at Midreshet Moriah in Jerusalem. She grew up in 

Teaneck and attended Yavneh Academy and Frisch High School. Her family davens at Congregation Beth Aaron.

Her next stop? Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women

Why did you choose to study at Midreshet Moriah?

I chose to learn at Midreshet Moriah (also known as Midmo) because I like how they have many class options and a diverse group of teachers. I’m able to find the classes and teachers that fit best for me.

What kind of goals do you have for the year?

My goals for this year are to grow closer to Hashem through davening and spirituality, to grow emotionally, and to develop a strong sense of self.

What have been some of the highlights of your year so far?

My most inspiring moment so far was when we went on an early-morning hike while on a tiyul. We were staying in Eilat and woke up at 4:15 in the morning. We hiked up Mt. Tzfachot and made it to the top in order to watch the sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I davened Shacharit while looking out at the sunrise, and was inspired by how connected I felt to my davening because of the view. Getting to daven on top of the mountain gave me a feeling of appreciation for my Judaism and being thankful that I have this view, and other great things too, because of Hashem.

Who is a teacher at Midreshet Moriah who you feel you’ve connected with especially well (so far)?

A teacher whom I feel like I’ve connected with especially well so far is Sepha Kirschblum. I take two classes taught by her—Seven Habits of Highly Effective Jews and David’s Diary—and she is my rakezet (adviser). Her classes are very interesting, and we get along well during our weekly meetings.

What kind of challenges have you faced coming to Israel?

The biggest difficulty of going away was leaving my family and home for so long. I’ve been to camp before, but still saw my family occasionally. I am someone who enjoys being home and hanging out with my family. This year is the longest amount of time I’d have been away from home, so I was nervous about leaving. After adjusting, I still miss my family, but I am fortunate to have them visit me in January, which makes it easier as I know I will be seeing them soon.

How has your year been different from your expectations?

I tried to prepare by speaking to girls who had gone to my school about what to expect and how to prepare. It was my first time coming to Israel, so I definitely experienced a culture shock. My friends showed me around and I eventually adjusted, and now feel more at home.

What are some of your favorite activities to do when you’re not learning in Midreshet Moriah?

I enjoy spending time with friends, whether it’s going for food, shopping or just hanging out. I also enjoy going to the gym.

Where is your favorite place to go for weekends/Shabbat so far?

I haven’t had an opportunity to visit many places yet, as the year has just started, but I recently went to my friend in Modi’in. Her family lived around the block from me in Teaneck before making aliyah 10 years ago. I hadn’t seen her since she visited eight years ago, so it was nice to spend time and catch up with her and her family.

What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

I’m looking forward to learning, working on my goals and strengthening the friendships I have made and will continue to make over the year.

By Tzvi Silver/JLNJ Israel

 

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