Wow! What a first day. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about the first day of the Hebrew Ulpan. Our teacher, Chana, is very nice and funny. She speaks very fast and mostly in Hebrew, so it takes an incredible amount of concentration to follow her. We worked on Grammar today (Dikduk). We conjugated words from present to past and future tense. This was actually pretty easy for me because I think logically. Since most of the grammar follows a bit of a construct, it's pretty easy. It's the vocabulary which causes me trouble. It will just take some time having to hear words over and over again to learn them. I think it will be ok in the end...it's just going to take some major studying on my part.
We had dinner with Rabbi Julie Schwartz, our Rabbi in Atlanta, tonight at a great steak restaurant called Norman's. It's a favorite spot for Americans, because the burgers are huge and the steaks are GREAT! It was nice catching up with Julie. She is a tremendous Rabbi and person. She's vacationing for the first time since her kids were born, and she looked so relaxed and happy!
After dinner, we spent some time with friends celebrating the birthday of one our new friends, Stephanie Clark. We had already eaten, so it was just about the company. It was fun, and it's nice to get out and spend some time with our friends, especially after a long day of school. 8:30 am - 1:00 pm is long...but it went by pretty fast. Tomorrow, we are off to buy school supplies and refill our kitchen at the Shuk, which is an experience all by itself! If you come to visit, you have to experience the Shuk!