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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Living With a Jewish Orthodox Woman


For many years, I have been very pleased with the work of Shaal Vim, located in Efrat, Israel. In fact, it is one of the most renowned Jewish high schools in all of Israel. As a matter of fact, it is one of the largest and oldest JMS schools in the entire country. And it's also one of the best-known and most respected synagogues in all of the world. One of the great things about Shaal Vim is that it is fully committed to Jewish studies throughout all of its students' lives.

In essence, the school provides a wonderful environment for its students to learn and grow. Many of its students began their lessons here as children and later went on to study at various different high schools and to become great teachers and scholars in their own right. There are many current and former students who are currently leading wonderful careers all around the world, including:

Of course, when I talk about amazing academic achievements, one cannot leave out the incredible human aspect of all this as well. One of the most inspiring experiences that I have had as a student at Shaal Vim was my time as an assistant to an amazing Rebbe, Moti Yochanan. He has since become one of the most beloved rebbeim in all of Israel. And during my time as an assistant to him, he allowed me to take Hebrew classes, taught weekly prayers in the Masechet of Efrat, and even served as a spiritual teacher to some of the students. Mosenson Youth Village

Needless to say, my time as a student there was some of the best time I have ever had. The environment there is warm and friendly, and there are many Jewish students that one meets on a daily basis. Another amazing thing about this school is that it offers the same level of secular studies that most high schools do, but it has one extra twist. This school also has a very strong Reformed community. One of my closest friends in college, an ordained minister, is from Shaal vim.

I attended the campus on Rosh Chodesh, and for about a month, I felt like I was on my own, away from everyone, not knowing of anyone's existence but my own. And I fell in love with the campus immediately. It was beautiful, with its spacious green buildings and manicured lawns. There are very few educational opportunities available to you outside of the bursaries that are funded by the Hassidic Jewish Museum of Jerusalem. I particularly loved the campus bookstore/cultural center, which I visited on Rosh Chodesh.

And I must say, for someone who has never been away from their home, that being away at Shaal vim has been very different from my life in high school. Everything is so familiar here--the faces, the smells, the foods, but it is also completely new. I think this is because this school is so different from what we have grown accustomed to. In conclusion, if you have never had the opportunity to experience living with an Orthodox Jewish woman, then I strongly recommend that you visit one.

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