After attending the recent birthright trip, my sister Gabby and I extended our trip for 6 days and stayed with my American cousin Avi in Givat Sh'muel. During our extended stay Avi wanted take us to the alleged burial grounds of our ancestors, The Cave of the Patriarchs where Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob, Leah, and Rachel are said to. We had to travel on a bulletproof-windowed bus to cross into the West Bank and travel to Israeli-controlled Hebron in the middle of a Palestinian-controlled zone. after we looked around inside someone asked me if I wanted to wear tefillin and say a prayer. I told them I've never used one and him and my cousin got really excited and told me its a mitzvah to wear tefillin in the homeland of your ancestors and since it would be my first they gave me a mini-bar mitzvah. I wrapped the tefillin around my arm and chant and began chanting the V'ahavta with a crowd of Israeli soldiers joining in on the celebration and after I was done we danced and sang with the soldiers. I was really happy I could take the opportunity to join in on a true Jewish aspect of our birthright to our ancestral homeland. Putting on the tefillin really helped me realize my commitment to perform mitzvot by supporting Israel and Tikkun Olam.
The E-Reunion was a great idea! It was pretty awesome seeing some of my friends again and catching up on what's going on in their lives. Every group should do multiple E-Reunions every once in awhile. And thank you to BIH and our group leaders Michael and Michelle for organizing this and the E-Reunion.
Shabbat candles at my sister's house means the beginning of a brand new week.
I choose to cook farfel and potato kugel because they are my favorite dishes. Me and girlfriend worked together to prepare this last minute Rosh Hashana meal.
Israel Birthright group under Masada
This is our Birthright group at Masada
I support Israel with my friends!
I chose Israel Inside to learn what innovations Israel has invented to help the world globally. I learned that Israeli companies are in the top 3 of the most innovated countries in the world and that Israel's irrigation system is used in third-world countries all over the world. I was moved by the attitudes of these innovated Jews who wanted nothing more than to make positive impacts on others' lives. I was also able to really relate to this idea because I share that same idea as well to help others and in doing so spread Tikkun Olam. The best part was watch the paraplegics gain the ability to walk again, it was extremely moving. The question I am left with after watching the film is what else could Israeli companies end up doing? I am very interested to see where they end up going. This film is definitely a 10. I screened this film at my sister's house with my girlfriend and her boyfriend after Rosh Hashanah dinner. We were all touched by the way these Jews feel about using these innovations to help others.
I watched Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus. I chose the film for a film screening with 12 of my friends who were all mostly non Jews. I never knew how extreme the Anti-Zionist movement was in our country especially on well-educated campuses in Jewish areas. The Ohio state student government segments were extremely shocking not only to me but to my friends as well. I cannot believe the group Bobcats For Israel had been arrested for speaking their minds at an assembly, trying to advocate their support for Israel. It was also shocking as well to learn that university professors are preaching this ignorant hate to their own students during learning hours and advocating hate towards Israel in a lot of these Anti-Zionist groups. I also didn't know the specifics on how propaganda is formed against Zionism for example the 3 Ds: Delegitimization, Demonization, and Double-Standard. I never knew the BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanction) movement existed either. My hope is that one day this movement will realize that Israel is not as cruel as their leaders are making it out to be and that the support for Israel groups can demonstrate to these hate groups that all we want is peace in Israel.
I invited 12 of non-Jewish friends (1 was Jewish) to view this film because most wanted to support me and did not know how bad Anti-Semitism has become in our country alone. I also did not realize how bad the Anti-Zionist movement had become on educated university campuses around the country. It moved me to want to do better to defend Israel against this growing hate towards the hope that our homeland could finally attain peace with the Palestinians. It was difficult for me to relate the Jews feeling nervous about their beliefs on campus because I never saw such extreme protests whenever I went to college. I have many questions as to how we can find ways to educate those who have been misled by Anti-Zionist propaganda and how we can show those who think we are murderers that all we want is peace. This film was a perfect 10 because it did an excellent job in showing how bad the problem has become in our country and the reality of the situation. I hosted this screening at my home with 12 of my friends and I believed it went well because although they weren't Jewish, they paid attention and were truly shocked on how extreme the situation has become. They even got involved with a discussion on the topic of Israel and Anti-Semitism afterwards. Also they have requested that I host another film which I plan to do in the future.
This is Israel: Resilience to me was a captivating and inspiring video that I chose because it reflects the the ideals of all Israelis that live in their homeland and how they try to manage crises during war. Asael Lubotski is a great example of how faith and optimism can overcome fear and hate. With a positive attitude and outlook towards his situation, Asael was able to overcome nearly losing a limb to being able to walk on his leg again and not only that, but also become inspired in his own experience to become a doctor to help others stay whole and keep faith in similar situations. I believe as the title represents; Resilience is an extremely accurate word to describe the lives of Israelis overcoming conflict in their homeland.
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