I went to Israel for my first year of Rabbinical School at HUC, Hebrew Union College.
I had been to Israel before – three times – and thought that I knew what I was getting into.
The year was not what I expected. Being a female Rabbinical student in Jerusalem, wearing a kippah had its difficulties – but it gave me a taste of Israeli society that I both had not and would never have seen solely from short group-organized trips.
At first the reactions I got from Israeli society disheartened me about Israel – how could I, a Reform Jew studying to be a Rabbi, feel that I didn’t belong in the Jewish homeland?
It just didn...