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I wanted to support the IDF so I liked this page. I liked their mission
namely, the educate and going to Jewish High Schools and teach Israeli History and offer a course of study to learn about the State of Israel
15 seconds in Sderot,Israel
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I remember when I was on birthright I bought a shirt about Sderot that listed facts about the number of rockets and how many seconds they had to get to a bomb shelter. I thought this video would be interesting to watch. This video did not really say much other than the fact that residents in Sderot have 15 seconds to get to safety from rocket attacks from Hamas. I did not learn anything 'new' . Apparently there was a petition in 2008 (when this video was made) for the Israeli gov't to provide more assistance to stop the rockets. I am not sure the outcome of that petition as it was nearly 8 years ago.
It Takes Two - Peace In The Middle East
I used http://www.hasbarafellowships.org/ to find the video.
It seems that whenever anyone finds out that I am Jewish they want to know about the peace process or what is going on in the region and my opinion so I thought this video would be interesting to watch.
Unfortunately, I did not like this video. I am not sure how this satire...Not really sure if I learned anything form this video...
I did not really like the beginning as I was sitting here thinking whether a 5 year old has the capacity to understand they are only 5. I questioned the conversation the son had with the father and wondered where this video was going and then the video made a point. I liked the middle of the video where he says that we all want something more meaningful. We want a connection and sometimes life gets in the way. Too many distractions and too much to do. High-holidays are a time to connect and cleanup (no pun intended). We ask for forgiveness on yom kippur and we feel we are not good enough. We cannot fully clean ourselves. I really like Charlie Harary's videos. Yom Kippur is essentially about connecting with god and god wants the same. Yom Kippur has always passed but I may bookmark this for the future.
Israel Apartheid Week Part 1 What To Do.
Resource used to find video was Hasbara Fellows
I have heard over and over again about the "Apartheid" in Israel by people unaware but do not really know how to respond to them. It was interesting to see and watch this video.
I liked his point about when we should respond and how we can sometimes do more damage than good. Who is listening and who is going? Good to have the other side going on but sometimes the people at these events have already made up their mind. Methods of providing truth, combating the lies and providing the other side of the story. This was a good video
The Most Astounding Fact
A bit confused by this video and what it had to do with Judaism..
Not really sure how accurate this video was in the message. The music was good...
Hope for Heroism
Resource used to find video was Hasbara Fellowships
I know a lot the soldiers are very young and it's a sad subject to become injured protecting your country and people. These soldiers are very young and some have seen their friends die in front of them. Some have been injured as well. These soldiers are trying to help other injured soldiers and help PTSD.
I do not have any family or jewish friends where I live (UK). I remember I bought an apple and some honey. It was actually quite depressing as I usually have a family dinner or a dinner with very close friends and their family. It was meaningful in the fact that I tried to do *something* making me realise I wish I had Jewish friends to actually celebrate the occasion.
There are no synagogues where I live so I fasted and went to work. I remember everyone asking me why I was fasting and I simply told them I do it once a year. I apologised to a friend that I had not spoken to in 4 months and she responded and apologised herself. It was meaningful because I had never really been in that situation; to ask someone for forgiveness and truly mean it. I broke my fast on a burrito that looked better than it tasted.
The video was about how to resist temptation which I am sure everyone can relate to .
Interesting look on temptations and immediate pleasure or longer term success. Immediate is hard to resist (true!).
Overcome temptation by making the future more rewarding. I liked his story about studying and junk food.
Jewish identity..we all have temptations especially during passover or fasting on yom kippur! Rationalise the benefit of the short term vs long term of keeping passover or the fast
I really liked the message about CONSTRUCTIVE criticism and it being important in growth.
I liked his 5 things to consider. They were very good.
Timing, check yourself, use a straw man, actions not people, don't share your feedback until you need to. I liked her message about everything around you growing. I am not sure anything altered my jewish identify per se but I liked the message of a bigger purpose and the point of constructive criticism with timing and purpose
Message on learning how to forgive. In Judaism we should forgive and it is about us. On Yom kippur we ask for forgiveness because of us and god. It is about us and not about the other person and moving on. We ask god to forgive us. Accept the reality. Finding the lesson (very Jewish identity as to learn from something as everything has a message behind it).
His message was good about negativity. Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. It was a good message and I liked the video.
I liked the presenter and will definitely watch more of his videos. They are short and concise. His message in this video was really obvious and nothing that really made me think..haters haters hate themselves and not you. People have different opinions and while you can reach millions of people that share the same opinion as yourself, you also reach millions that do not. Computer/internet dehumanizes the interaction which makes it easier to criticize which may not happen if it happened face-to-face.
A lot of innovation is occurring in the negev desert. The hope is one day to become a top cyber city in the world. The article went into a bit of detail and how this came about. Obviously no one thinks of the Negev when they think cyberespionage but some people do think of Israel. I guess we will see if the Negev really does become a huge cyber city. This will take time especially to compete with the likes of Russia, USA, UK, etc. I did not think much of anything is happening in the Negev Desert let alone a city with a University and companies.
I would not listen to another podcast. I thought I would give the presenter another chance as I did not enjoy the first podcast I listened to.
Revelation of the torah . Torah preceded creation of the world. Entire world made out of the torah? Was not really sure what he was talking about. The world is a song and god is a singer. God sang the world into creation. I thought this would be more about the torah portion when we received the torah on mount sinai and what happened. Every moment is a new beginning and the reality of the world. Not sure what this has to do with what happened at mt sinai....
I assumed this podcast would be about something completely else and not on how to make god happy which is why god is punishing you (an example he gave was learning hewbrew/torah). I definitely agreed with the author's sentiment on referring to the torah as the old testament as something that is old/expired/outdated as outrageous. I definitely agreed with the author's sentiment with the fact that people refer to an angry, evil, punishing god synonymous with the old testament BUT not the new! I was really confused on what he was talking about. He brought up good topics but I did not understand the point and where he was going on everything. I am not sure if I would listen to another podcast by the same presenter. He was talking about why the world was creator and the role we play which I did not understand what that had to do with is god punishing me.
Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrahi Jews – Jewish Ethnic Diversity
By Rabbi Rachel M. Solomin
The fact Sephardic Jews have different traditions for passover. I sat next to a Sephardic Jew on passover and he was asking me about the mazto ball soup and kigul.
I learned more about Mizrahim which I know little about. I thought the concept of borrowing each other's cultural traditions is s growing in popularity. I could learn more about Sephardic and Mizrahim cultural and perhaps integrate something into my own life
There was a falafel cookout in London last Sunday. Egypt won and a chef from Israel won 2nd place. Not much to agree or not disagree with on the article. I thought the subtitle was interesting which is why I read the article. The subtitle states that the chef from Israel acknowledges that falalfel was not invented in Israel.
I learned more about tehina and the different kinds. I did not know much about tehina. Always thought it as hummus's younger brother. Nothing to really 'disagree' about per se.
Offer opportunities to learn more about my culture and travel to Europe. I may look into more in the future
Chabad of Bristol. I went for passover seder and service. Yes, I would go back. The rabbi was very nice and welcoming. I did not feel intimidated for not being very religious
I decided to watch why be jewish http://www.simpletoremember.com/media/a/why-be-jewish-video/
I felt I could relate to the topic and the question posed and listening to the video I did relate to what the presenter was saying. It was a good overview of the torah. Short story of monotheism. I am not sure the podcast helped clarify anything but make me really think about stuff in more detail; such as, what makes me jewish and why? I do not have the answer to that.
I would listen to another podcast by this presenter. He was good.
Israel's Quest for Peace
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Wanted to learn more about the efforts to find 'peace' .
Lens of media is slanted and does not provide the whole picture. I liked the way it was phrase. Multiple peace offers that were rejected from the beginning in 1948. Additionally, in 1967 and peace treaty offered again. This led to the "3 No's"
New Israeli device enables jet to take over if pilot passes out.
A new technology was created in conjunction with a startup in Israel and the Defense Ministry and monitors the pilot to determine if autopilot should be enabled.
Not really much to disagree with on the author of the article. Seems like a trivial idea and I am not sure why it was not implemented earlier.
Hamas: By the Numbers
Stand With Us
Wanted to learn more about operation protective edge
Gazan children build the tunnels and many die. Hamas uses concrete and donations to build the tunnels into Israel
I like organisations such as OneTable. I would use OneTable but there is nothing in my area unfortunately. I was told about OneTable through a friend a while ago.
Thought it would be interesting video to watch. I would recommend the film. It was not as I had expected. People sent paperclips in from around the world with letters and photos. I'm surprised this happened in Tennessee with no Jews..and the acceptance of diversity and tolerance. Norwegians put paperclips during the war for solidarity supporting the Jews.
There is a moishe house in phoenix and I have gone once or twice. Figured I would like the page for support
Just 15 Kilometres North of Tel Aviv, A Beautiful Secret Very Few People Know About
This task appeared on the page of tasks and the description stated it was a secret few people knew about. I thought it would be interesting to watch.
A lot of history we have yet to uncover after watching this video.
I wish the video would have commented instead of the pictures
Yom Kippur is a High Holiday and taken so seriously because it is a day we ask for forgiveness. We fast and do not consume water or food. We ask g-d to forgive our sins for the prior year so we may start fresh for this new year.
I have observed Yom Kippur by attending service, fasting, and taking time of work. I did not attend any services or participate in any holidays in 2015 due to my relocation. I hope to attend a passover sedar this year (2016)
Hamas: By the Numbers
Chose the subject because it is something you hear about in the news so often and after the recent attack that occurred. Some of the leaders of Hamas have millions, one guy had billions? and they do not even live in Palestine (I knew they lived abroad). I did not know their wealth was in the millions let alone billions...
An American tourist was killed in the latest attack. Not much to disagree with the Author on the basis of the story. Shame to see a tourist, or anyone for that matter, to be stabbed and killed in a brutal and violent attack. Depressing story
I went to a Bar Mitzvah of a friend. It was easier to upload a picture of the kippa showing the date of the service and party
Chabad of East Valley
875 N McClintock Dr, Chandler, AZ 85226
I go here a few times a year. Very nice congregation. I attended a bar mitzvah on the date provided
DF Lone Soldier from Texas - Friends of the IDF (FIDF)
I saw the video and was curious to hear about a Lone Soldier. There are a good number of Lone Soldiers (specifically American) serving in the IDF. Inclusive of all Jew's regardless of where they grew up
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