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The name of the film I watched is Crossing the Line 2: the new face of anti-Semitism on campus. I learned from this video that there is a continued increase and rise of antisemitism on campuses and spreading to more campuses nationwide. I did not know that students that wore something indicating they were of Jewish decent that they were being harassed or even uncomfortable walking on campus. I did not realize that people were considering themselves as Anti-Zionism which is a proxy for Antisemitism because Anti-Zionist is not illegal.
I asked my Rabbi from childhood, Rabbi Menachem Chinn, a few more questions as I was interested to learn more about the two holidays he told me about.
1) What are things that we do on Lag Ba-Omer?
Answer: Lag Ba-Omer is the 33rd day of counting the Omer. It is symbolic to light a bonfire.
2) Why a bonfire?
Answer: The great kabalistic sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai passed away. The night before he taught a tremendous amount of Kabbalah which brought a brilliant light in to the world so we light big fires to commemorate that light.
3) When do you start counting the Omer?
Answer: Starting from the second night of Passover.
4) When do we stop counting the Omer?
5) Why do we count the Omer?
To show we are thrilled with receiving the Torah because at the end of the 49 days, it is Shavuos- the day we received the Torah.
I spoke with Rabbi Menachem Chinn, my childhood Rabbi that I have always kept in contact with, the following questions.
1) What is the next Jewish Holiday? Answer: Lag Ba-Omer.
2) What is Lag Ba-Omer?
Answer: When the students of Rabbi Akiva stopping dying.
3) Why did the students of Rabbi Akiva die?
Answer: They did not treat each other with respect. Major lack of honor for the Torah.
4) What is the holiday after Lag Ba-Omer?
5) What is Shavuos?
When we received the Torah and the Ten Commandments.
I signed my brother, Matthew Forrester, up to receive information about the Birthright program. I have been speaking with him about the trip I will be going on and he keeps mentioning he would like to go on Birthright so I figured I would get that ball rolling for him!
In honor of Passover, I decided to make matzah pizza in efforts to not eat bread. Very easy to make and I even made sure the sauce and cheese were kosher.
Title: The Case for Israel: Democracy's Outpost.
I learned from this documentary by Allan Dershowitz that we are far from peace due to the values that are taught to our children today versus that of those that are taught to the Muslim youth. Israel is constantly under high alert for terrorism and is doing everything in their power to honor the rights of their citizens while providing the best security to them at the same time. At the end of the day, Israel will only be able to achieve peace when democracy is accepted by its surrounding neighbors.
I liked that they have a location in Miami. I will look more into it and reach out to them.
It's nice to listen to insider perspectives and not just hear the biased opinions of the media.
It's nice to see a company out their advocating and fundraising for Israel's future. I will definitely support this organization.
After liking this Facebook page and learning a little more about the alumni community, I felt it would be great if they could expand and have chapters for the different states; including Florida where I reside so we can take advantage of the services that they offer.
It was interesting learning about the different fellowships Hasbara offers to college students throughout the US. I sent this information to my brother who is still in college in hopes he takes advantage of it.
It was interesting learning about all of the different programs they offered for young adults to be able to go to Israel.
I enjoyed watching some of the videos they posted about Passover.
I liked the fact they provide some recipes for kosher meals!
Title: A Beautiful Secret Very Few People Know About
I chose this video because I was interested in seeing what the remains of the Crusader city looks like today.
Even after visiting Israel on Birthright, I was able to learn that their is more to Israel and it's history that I was aware of and eager to learn more about our land.
Brooke and I attended a Shabbat dinner on 4/15/16. Our friends, Yehuda and Jackie invited us to their parents house as they hosted a large Shabbat dinner in honor of Jackie's birthday. It was a fun experience as we sang songs, did Kiddush, washed and blessed the challah, and benched after we ate. The best part was the food was delicious!
Brooke and I found a challah recipe online and we went out to purchase the different items needed. This was not the first time I made challah but the first time in probably 20+ years. The challah was pretty good but the best part was the fun we had making it. We used the challah to serve at one of the Shabbat dinners we hosted.
Brooke and I lit the candles to bring in Shabbat. Lighting the Shabbat candles makes me think of unity within our religion as every observant Jew lights two candles every Friday night to bring in the holy Sabbath.
I would vote for a Likud political party because I fully support the decisions made by Prime Minister Netanyahu and he is from the Likud party. The 's main focus is on the wellbeing of the Israeli citizens through its strong national security policies and reluctance to negotiate with enemies.
Since the start of this challenge, Brooke and I put together three separate Friday night- Shabbat meals. The one that was the most meaningful was when we invited our mothers and their husbands to attend. We lite the Shabbat candles and made blessings over the wine and challah. Brooke made brisket, potatoes, and broccoli (so did the dishes). It was a fun night getting to spend some time with family. Not only would we do it again, we did it another two times after the success of our first experience.
Yom Kippur is the day of atonement and the day in which we are closest to G-d. In order to "afflict our souls" we abstain from eating and drinking. This is the day that G-d accepts our prayers, forgives, and seals our upcoming year. Ever since I can recall, I observe Yom Kippur by either fasting and/or attending services. Yom Kippur has been the one steady Jewish ritual that I keep every year.
This past Rosh Hashanah we celebrated at BRS West with Rabbi Brody in Boca Raton, Florida. We did the first night with my family and the second night with Brooke's family. At both dinners we dipped both challah and apples in honey for a sweet new year! I like celebrating Rosh Hashanah because every year I make a promise to myself to complete or observe one additional Jewish ritual.
This past Yom Kippur, Brooke and I stayed at my mothers house. We attended services at BRS West in Boca Raton, Florida both Friday night and Saturday morning. We fasted until sundown at which time we had a break fast with my entire family. I find Yom Kippur a day that I can reflect on the whole year and think about what I can do to be a better person for this upcoming year.
Brooke and I met up with two friends at a kosher restaurant- Asia. We chose to go there for dinner because our two friends keep kosher. I ate the chicken lettuce wraps and they were delicious. I would recommend this restaurant based on food quality, however, it was rather pricey.
Brooke and I went to Pita Star in Hollywood, Florida for dinner to complete this challenge. I ordered the shwarma pita (lafa was not available) and it was delicious! I cannot wait to enjoy the food in Israel! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
While I was at my wife's grandparents house for dinner. I mentioned this challenge and that I couldn't find my tefillin from my bar mitzvah. Brooke's grandfather ran to go get his tefillin, a tefillin set that was given to him by his grandfather. He gave it to me and I put it on in my house. I was able to remember how to lay the tefillin from when I used to where them daily (except for Shabbat). Putting on the tefillin brought me back to my bar mitzvah days- good memories.
We completed this challenge by putting up a kosher mezuzah on our door and recited the bracha.
When we went to our friends house for Shabbat on 4/19 we washed our hands before the Challah. However, they were observant and we were not able to take a photo on Shabbat. Therefore, before I sat down to eat my matzah pizza, I washed my hands and said both brachas.
Brooke and I attended Friday night services at BRS Synagogue in Boca Raton, Florida on 4/15/16. I would definitely go back as it brought up memories from my past. It was nice seeing how many prayers I was able to remember.
I attended the Passover seder on the first night of Passover at my mother's house. I enjoyed spending time with my family and relearning the exodus of Egypt story (the mitzvah of Passover).
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