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As awful as it may sound, sometimes it takes a tragedy to truly change us, to help us understand the meaning of life or the significance of appreciating every day that we have. We can see people in pain around us and think, 'Oh, that's terrible,' or 'I feel so sorry for them,' but so often, that response is followed by another thought, typically along the lines of, 'I can't even imagine what they're going through.' Sympathy is often a far cry from empathy. Dr. Rosen was a brilliant, confident chief resident in the eyes of Jackie, a medical student who worked alongside him for six weeks. He often faced very difficult medical cases and couldn't save every patient he tried to help. Understandably, doctors like David Rosen were at times desensitized. They couldn't always see their patients as good people with loved ones. Facing that reality would make their job so much harder. It wasn't until Dr. Rosen lost his own sister to cancer that he changed- change that was apparent to Jackie simply by the change in his physical demeanor, by the lost light in his eyes. A few years after losing his sister, Dr. Rosen started teaching a seminar titled, "Morality in Medicine: How to Apply the Human Touch to Surgery." His sister's death changed his entire outlook on his career, and on his life. Rosh Hashanah symbolizes a new year- a time for new beginnings, for change, and for growth. The last few lines of the story alluded to Dr. Rosen's ability to change and reminded me of the most life-changing moment of my life. Like Dr. Rosen, I too have lost a loved one to cancer. After a three year battle, my mother was taken from us five years ago. When tragic things happen in our lives, all of the cliche sayings come out. 'Life's too short.' 'You have to live each day to the fullest.' And while it almost sounds like I'm mocking these sayings, these words really do hold weight. It kills me to think I wasn't living my life this way before my mother passed, and we did share many unforgettable experiences and moments together. But I do know that over the past five years, I've made an effort to live life to the fullest, whether it be by traveling the world with my sister or spending as much time as I can with family members and friends. In other words, living my life the way my mother would have wanted. Now that the New Year is here, I only hope I can continue to savor every moment. I really loved reading this story and appreciate the fact that it forced me to reflect on some of my deepest thoughts and experiences.

I watched "Crossing the Line 2, The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus." I went to a university where there really weren't many pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian demonstrations. Needless to say, when I watched the film, I was pretty shocked at what I saw. I've seen news footage of pro-Palestinian demonstrations on college campuses. However, I don't think I realized how widespread they are. People are absolutely entitled to their own beliefs, and it isn't surprising that people are pro-Palestinian. However, it was surprising to see such blatant examples of anti-Semitism at some of these demonstrations. The eviction notices that circulated around NYU were incredibly offensive. Hearing people refer to Israeli acts as genocidal really struck me. I don't understand what these people are referring to, and to hear statements that are just incorrect and offensive was very difficult. I never had professors who outwardly expressed anti-Semitic views, and I can't imagine how difficult it would be to sit in a classroom and listen to that. I don't think I realized that anti-Semitism was prevalent in some many prestigious universities across the United States. I think the most jarring thing I saw in the film dealt with the incidents at Ohio University. To see Jewish student leaders verbally attacked by fellow students and professors and then to see them arrested was incredibly shocking, (especially in a country based on fundamentals such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion). In a way, it makes me lose a little bit of faith in humanity when I see such misguided hatred and anger. However, despite the offensive acts and attacks (including verbal jabs and even threats against Jewish students), the film ends on a rather hopeful note. The pro-Israel voices are loud and are heard. There are many people who share Zionist beliefs, and it is important to be loud, proud, and peacefully advocate for Israel.

I took the Israel Inside/Out course and can't really quantify how much I learned from it. As a former journalism student, it was pretty fascinating to watch the video about media bias. I want to believe in journalists' desire to always be accurate and truthful, but unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Seeing fabricated photos documenting alleged Israeli attacks helped me learn that sometimes, media reports are skewed to, in a way, vilify Israel. It was also pretty eye-opening to be reminded how frequently the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is reported on, in comparison to violence in other countries where the number of casualties is much higher. I really enjoyed watching the film about the Israeli soldiers. It gave me a good idea of how proud Israelis are to defend their homeland and how much they view it as their duty. I don't know much about lone soldiers, so it was really interesting to see their stories being documented. I felt a strong sense of pride when I saw people come to Israel from other countries, such as Switzerland or Ethiopia, because they feel valued and are determined to protect their homeland. The soldiers reiterate the desire to merely defend the country, not seek out more territory. The maturity of these 18-21 year olds amazes me, and I am grateful for their strength and pride in serving. I think I learned the most from the "A State is Born" and "History of the State" films. While I knew Israel had faced many battles to defend itself, I don't think I realized how many there were. From the Six Day War to the Yom Kippur War to other battles with Lebanon and surrounding nations, the country has been under constant attack, despite Israel's seeming willingness to solve the conflict with diplomacy and treaties. While Israel has constantly been outnumbered, she has been able to come out on top against all odds. This further shows me the strength of the people of Israel and the nation itself. I am so glad I took this course and gained such a greater knowledge of Israel's history. It has only sought to make me further appreciate the country's strength and Israelis' unbreakable desire to protect their nation and stand up for their right to exist.

“Mother, this is where we part.” “Those who went to the left, lived. Straight ahead meant certain death.” No matter how many Holocaust testimonials I hear, the impact of the words and emotional resonance never lessens. Asher Aud is another brave survivor of the Holocaust with a story of despair but also of triumph. Growing up in Poland, his family was forced to move into a ghetto that was established in his town. His father and older brother, Berl, were taken away. In 1942, he faced separation from more family members. After the ghetto was liquidated, the remaining Jews, including himself, his mother, and his other brother, were sent to a cemetery. When the Germans evaluated them, Asher was sent to the left because he was deemed to be strong enough to work. His mother and brother were sent to the Chelmno death camp and were killed. The thought of being just 13 years old and knowing that you were never going to see your mother or brother again, as Asher seemingly did, is an unbearable and simply impossible thought. But somehow, in the lowest moments, Asher triumphed. He worked in the Lodz ghetto. In 1944, he was sent to Auschwitz, where he was reunited with Berl. Asher says Berl gave him bread and sausage, and he credits his brother for his survival. In 1945, Asher got his immigration permit and made it a life goal to do as much as he could to help his homeland. At the end of his testimonial, Asher speaks of his wife, his children, and his many grandchildren, and he says that he couldn’t be prouder…A man who has endured unthinkable pain and suffering…and he chooses to describe his sense of pride over anything else. Perhaps this is the greatest lesson I can take away from Asher’s story- that even in the wake of pain and suffering, it is important to be thankful for what you do have, and even in the darkest times, there is light at the end of the tunnel for a brighter future. I am so grateful and in awe of people like Asher Aud, who are kind enough to share their stories and help keep the memories and experiences of all of our ancestors alive. He shows how strong the Jewish faith is and makes me that much more proud to be a part of it.

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