Week 7 – Shelo Nayda

For this week’s field trip, we went to Mt. Herzl and Yad Veshem. Mt. Herzl is a place in Jerusalem where Theodor Herzl, the father of modern political Zionism, is buried. Our Israel teacher, Ophir, was our tour guide and he had lots of great insights during this field trip.





Burial site of Herzl



Yad Vashem is the Israeli Holocaust museum. It was honestly a very difficult afternoon. We walked through several halls of the museum and the stories were absolutely depressing and heartbreaking. It was one of the first times in my life when the reality of the Holocaust and the absolute evil that exists in the world really hit me deep. We learned a phrase in Hebrew this week that applies to the Holocaust. It is “Shelo Nayda” which means “We should not know of these tragedies again.” I certainly hope we learn from this tragic history.


Ophir teaching us at Yad Vashem


In other news this week, we had quite a few midterms and they were incredibly stressful for some reason. We studied hard. Turns out they weren’t actually that scary but the study guides made them seem impossible.



My laptop and I felt the same about studying for midterms – 0% but still going strong.


In Hebrew, we learned Happy Birthday and one of their birthday traditions, at least for younger kids, is to lift them up in a chair as many times as their age. We didn’t quite do that, but here’s a fun video from class.


We also picked olives this week from the trees around the BYU Jerusalem Center. It was pretty fun! We liked picking OLIVE the olives haha, get it?





I spent quite a long time picking this tree. I grew pretty attached.


Hayley and I became one with this tree.


We picked olive these olives


Olive the crew


This week we also had a Passover Seder. I don’t have any pictures from it but it was so cool! We learned a few songs to sing during the seder and read the traditional stories and had a big feast for dinner. I love learning about these other religious cultures!

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