Una Experiencia Inolvidable Essay

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What follows is a quick review of the usage of the Preterit and Imperfect in Spanish. If you don't think you need it and want to do the exercise now, click here .

The main difference between these two tenses is that the Preterit expresses the end or   completion the verb, whereas the Imperfect has no sense of completion. Sometimes, the usage of one or the other is indifferent from a grammatical point of view; thus, we can say Te veía desde la ventana, as well as Te vi desde la ventana. In both cases, the action denoted by the verb "ver" is already completed (it's past); in the first case, though, the speaker focuses (for whatever reason)on an action which is not completed; in the second instance, the Preterit expresses a specific moment of the completed past action. Of course, this is a simplified perspective on the traditional problem of the Preterit-Imperfect, but it's offered here as a general review.

We can divide the usage of the Preterit and Imperfect in Spanish as follows:

The Imperfect

1. Descriptions in the past:

Llovía silenciosamente.

2. Description of emotional or physical states:

Estaba demasiado cansado para correr hasta el autobús

3. Anticipated actions in the past:

Íbamos a alquilar aquel coche.

4. Habitual or recurrent actions in the past:

De pequeño jugaba con mis amigos al escondite.

5. In indirect discourse:

Me dijo que me quería.

6. To tell the time:

Eran las cinco de la tarde en la plaza de toros.

The Preterit

1. Completed actions or a series of actions in the past:

Alquilamos aquel coche durante una semana.

Llegué, vi, vencí.

2. An emotional or physical change:

No nos alegramos al ver la factura.

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Camp Ramah in the Rockies, una experiencia inolvidable

Rabbi Leo of Mexico City brought a delegation of twenty campers from his community this past summer. He wrote this during the summer about the experience of being at camp.  We look forward to welcoming more campers from Bet El this summer, and our continued partnership with the Mexico City community.

An English version is below the Spanish.


Camp Ramah in the Rockies, una experiencia inolvidable

”Que bellas son tus tiendas Yaacov, tus moradas, pueblo de Israel”

Es un gusto y un privilegio estar aqui en Camp Ramah, en Colorado, con un grupo fantastico de niños y madrijim de Comunidad Bet-El. Por primera vez casi veinte campers de nuestra comunidad de la ciudad de Mexico pudieron tener la experiencia de venir juntos. Esto fue posible gracias a generosos donadores de nuestra comunidad y a Camp Ramah asi como Rabbi Eliav que tuvieron la vision de que jovenes judios mexicanos puedieran interactuar con amigos de Estados Unidos, Israel y otras partes del mundo vivenciando que el pueblo judio es uno, a pesar de las diferencias de idiomas costumbres y lugares.

Llegamos hace una semana  y por lo que hemos vivido, ha sido increible!!! Los  niños estan muy emocionados de estar aqui. Han podido crear nuevas amisatades y practicar su ingles. El Camp ofrece actividades increibles como montar a caballo, andar en bici, clases de arte, escalar, mineria, cocinar en el bosque, y muchas otras mas.

Por otro lado todos nuestros jalutzim estaban muy emocionados de ir a el programa de Masa que es cuando se van fuera del camp a acampar por varios dias y cada uno escoge a cual quiere ir y viven una experiencia inolvidable.

Hemos logrado unirnos  a todas las tfilot  diferentes que otorga el camp y aprendimos las diversas meoldias que tienen en sus canciones. Asi como ya pasamos nuestro primer Shabat en Camp Ramah y fue muy emotivo, nos identificamos mucho con esta Kehila kedosha y descubrimos que son muchas mas las cosas que nos unen que las que nos diferencian.

Esperamos que para el proximo año podamos regresar otra vez y vivir nuevamente esta gran oportunidad!!!

Kol Tuv

Rabbi Leo Levy – Comunidad Bet-El de Mexico


Camp Ramah in the Rockies, an unforgettable experience

”How good are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel”

It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be here at Camp Ramah in the Rockies, with a fantastic group of kids and madrichim from the Bet-El Community. For the first time, almost twenty campers from our community in Mexico City have the experience of coming to camp together.

This was possible thanks to the generous donors of our community, Camp Ramah, and Rabbi Eliav who all had the vision of bringing young jewish Mexican kids to camp so the could interact with other Jewish kids from America, Israel, and all over the world; acknowledging that the Jewish people are one– no matter the different languages, customs, and places.

We arrived a week ago and for what we have experienced it has been an amazing time. The kids are really excited to be here. They have been able to create new friendships and are practicing their English, this camp offers incredible activities such as riding horses, mountain biking, arts and crafts, climbing, mining, outdoor cooking, and many others.

All of our chalutzim were very excited about the Masa program which is when they go camping outside of camp for a couple of days. Each camper had the chance to choose which Masa they wanted to go on, and they get to have unforgettable experiences.

We have been able to join the different T’fillot that camp has to offer and we have learned all the different melodies of the different songs. We had our first Shabbat in Camp Ramah, it was very emotional, we had become part of this Kehilla Kedosha and we have discovered that there are more things that unite us than things that set us apart.

We hope that next year we can come back and enjoy this great opportunity once again!!!

Kol Tuv

Rabbi Leo Levy – Comunidad Bet-El de Mexico


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