February started with a bang, straight away planting the roots for life long friendships, immersing myself in new and unknown environments and living with people I didn’t know before- undeniably, I was already learning new things about life and myself from the get go. In between all these experiences, I began the Yeshiva and Israel Advocacy tracks, completing 2 days a week for both pathways. My commencement in the Yeshiva track saw an immediate love for Torah- I was in absolute oar of this abstract “book”- it was unlike anything I had ever done, read, learned or spoken about before. Indeed, I found myself coerced by my own ambition to stay extra hours and study more. Near the end of my short yet meaningful time at Yeshiva during the first 2 months in Jersulaem, I realized that I had to do this again. I spoke with Rav Yisrael (legend/Rabbi at Yeshiva) about the possibility of doing Yeshiva as a 7 month IBC option. After much deliberation and a few meetings, 7 month Yeshiva option became reality. IBC 5 month saw an end, and after a few weeks soaking up the sun in Tel Aviv, I embarked on the most unforgettable, fulfilling and introspective learning experience of my life which I will never forget.
During these 2 months, our average day saw early morning prayers, followed by learning (anything from Gemara to group discussions) all the way through to the night with obvious breaks and free time included. Straight away I was hooked- I couldn’t stop telling people that I was learning more at yeshiva than in my whole life. Unlike ever before, Yeshiva enabled me to step aside my myopic view of life and see through the lenses of a Yeshiva student, where I was able to recognize a reality other than my own. As well as the constant learning on how to be a good person, values in life and just amazing intellectual discussions, it was merely the environment that I was surrounded from which I adored. I was taken back by the general, everyday talk between people, as it was anything but superficial, materialistic or narcissistic, but rather just genuine and unpolluted dialogue about life and torah. These were the conversations that changed me.
I will forever cherish and am thankful for the small yet ever meaningful time I spent at Yeshiva. I discovered my thirst for torah knowledge, and hence I endeavor to continue my studies back at home, and hopefully in the near future return to Israel to learn more. By the end of a crazy second half of IBC, I was well rounded with the leadership qualities I learned at mechina compounded by my progressive ideas, values and morals I absorbed at Yeshiva. These priceless experiences have undoubtedly provided me with the perfect tools to bring about positive change back a home.