Summer session two was the first half of level Gimel. Gimel is the third letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Gimel is kind of like the hump level of Modern Hebrew. After completing Gimel you can sign up for classes in the main university that are taught in Hebrew. The level is very challenging with lots of homework. Many nights I would be so tired I would have to go to bed and get up early the next morning in order to finish my homework. I have the next week off then I continue with the second half of Gimel in September.
Over the next week or so I hope to be able to post about some of my adventures from this past month that I was too busy to post about. This morning I went to the store and got a copy of the Jerusalem Post. This newspaper is in English you can check out its website here. This would be a good time to mention that in Israel since the weekend is Friday and Saturday; getting the Friday paper is the equivalent to the Sunday paper back in the states. There is no Saturday paper that I'm aware of because the stores are all closed on Saturday. I'm looking forward to have time this coming week to read for fun.
Hebrew University has had mandatory vacation from August 16th-29th. They had this last year but I don't think I ever posted about it. What this means is during the vacation only Rothberg International School was holding classes. So going through security in the morning they look at your ID more carefully to see the international logo. There was no reason for students not part of the International school to be on campus during this time.
Questions from previous posts:
Uncle Joe- Tel aviv sprouted from Jaffa. Two Jewish neighborhoods were started in 1887 and 1891. Tel Aviv was the third in the area, 1909. Tel Aviv was named after the city in Theodore Herzl's book Altneuland (old-new-land). Tel is a word describing something very old and Aviv is the word for Spring (new life).
The Dead Sea scrolls and the Aleppo codex are housed in the same building. The building was designed after the shape of the top of the jars the Dead sea scrolls were found in. That's why the building has such an odd shape.