I watched all 8 videos of Judaism 101. I am not a very religious person so after I got to the 4th video I realized I should have chosen a different challenge, but I kept going because I am open minded, and I was already halfway through. I learned the Jewish religion believes everyone has soulmate; that a person is born and their soul is split in two and they meet later in life and become one soul. Although I am Jewish, I do not believe in this concept. Another thing I learned was on the second video about success. I learned the rabbi's definition of success, which is "success is determined by comparing one's performance to his/her own set of abilities." I agree that to be successful means you should be happy with what you have, honor others, learn from others, and show strength by controlling your emotions. A third thing I learned was in the last video on Edge of History. I never really under what the "coming of the Messiah" meant until watching this. Even though I may not agree with how the Torah believes the world is going to end, it was very interesting to learn about.
I watched the 7 video course with the 7 quizzes. I enjoyed all the videos and learned a lot. My brother is in the U.S. Army so it was interesting to compare what he told me about his training and compare it to the IDF training. I like that everyone has to serve in the IDF, I think it makes Israelis strong and appreciative of their country, I feel many Americans could benefit if we did something like that. Also, I found the myth vs fact section very interesting. That showed me just how manipulative and subjective the media can be and that I should not take everything I read at face value, maybe research more into the subject to get the facts. The other videos were very informative as well, however, these were the 2 I enjoyed the most. Overall I learned a great deal.
I chose to host a film screening showcasing "Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story." Watching the movie with me was my dad and my fiancé because I thought this type of movie would really interest them. My fiancé and I watch war movies all the time, but this one was different. Seeing a man who had great scholarly potential at Hardvard feel so passionate about his home of Israel that he had to return and join the army was inspiring. He led the mission to save the Israelis in Uganda and succeeded, with his own life being the cost. All 3 of us loved the film and would reccomend it to anyone and everyone to watch it.
I chose a hummus recipe since I love hummus! It was very simple to make and only took about 15 minutes. I used warmed pita and carrots for dipping. The hummus came out thicker than the store bought hummus I get which is a little too oily, so I may just stick with making my own from now on. Definitely something I will make again!
Friday night I hosted a Shabbat meal for my fiancé, my mom, and my dad. We had traditional Jewish-American food like latkes, noodle kugel, brisket, challah, and salad. This was special because it was my first Shabbat meal at home and l my fiancé's first time eating traditional Jewish foods. We had a great time and I will definitely be hosting more!
This is the very popular hamsa symbol with the eye in the middle to ward off evil eye, which would bring bad luck to someone. The artist of this piece is not famous, he/she is part of Susan's House in Isreal; however it is one of my favorite pieces of the artwork I saw there. This symbol is thought to bring goodluck and happiness.
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AboutThe 100 Point Challenge is an opportunity for returning Taglit-Birthright participants to TRY a variety of Jewish activities, find those activities that they LOVE and want to continue to LIVE. Bring Israel Home participants can choose to complete any Jewish activity that speaks to them to earn 100 points. 50% or more of the American participants in a participating Taglit-Birthright bus must earn 100 points on the Bring Israel Home website within three months after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to earn a Bring Israel Home reunion. The Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge is divided into two milestones. Participants must earn 50 points within the first month of returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to qualify for the following milestone. After achieving the first milestone, participants have two months to earn their final 50 points of Jewish activity. The milestones are clearly outlines below:MilestonesMilestone 1: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 50 points of Jewish activity in the first month after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience. Milestone 2: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the two months after achieving Milestone 1. Travel Stipends*:
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At The Maimonides Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers with a choice of over 100 locations nationwide. The program meets 1x a week for 10 weeks and includes an exciting Shabbaton Weekend Retreat. The weekly meetings include FREE food, along with dynamic discussion on HOT topics relating to Israel and Judaism. Upon completion, Fellowship participants typically receive $300-$500 CASH or a FREE/Highly subsidized trip!
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