This week, a group of Aardvark students began their EMS training with Magen David Adom, Israel’s Ambulance Service. Through this experience, the students will gain many skills in the medical field, while being immersed in one of the most unique Israeli experiences. They will be dedicating time during their semester to helping people and even saving lives. We are so proud & look forward to seeing the amazing things they accomplish!
I participated in a family feud activity where we were tasked to team up and answer compelling questions on day-to-day Israeli life. One of the questions was: “What is a classic Israeli breakfast?” I jumped at the opportunity to answer this, as the Israeli breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day. My favorite answer was “cottage cheese,” as this is a classic Israeli breakfast and my favorite food to eat in Israel growing up. Although the activity was on Zoom, it was my favorite so far due to the counselors making the activity an engaging and fun experience.
This week in (th)INK! it was great to reconnect in person (although we had one join remotely since she was still in quarantine!) with snacks to begin to explore some of the deep and hidden secrets of Purim. We discovered that much of what we thought about Purim as a sweet children’s holiday is really hiding the true meaning of Purim. We also began to learn about what is unique about celebrating Purim in Jerusalem in general, and in particular this year as it is what is called “purim meshulash” (Threefold Purim) since the festivities begin on Friday and finish on Sunday. We will go deeper into Purim next week!
This Week in Academics
The Zionism 101 class is off to a great start. We had an in-depth conversation about “What are the Jews?” and how that feeds into defining Zionism. We took turns looking for memes and other social media posts that both promoted and attacked Zionist claims, and then we discussed them as a class.
The Arab-Israeli Conflict class is diving into the Zionist narrative. We are currently discussing the significance of the Jewish people as being indigenous to the land of Israel and how the connection between Jews and their historic homeland has been maintained even during long periods spent in the Diaspora.
In our Jewish Medical Ethics class we have begun to explore ethics and how ethical norms are set. We looked at the statement of ethics published by the American Medical Association and we are now investigating what defines a medical ethic as being Jewish. We discussed how defining a medical ethic as being Jewish has to take into account the tradition of machloket (disagreement).
Our counselor on call this weekend is Elina.