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I attended Rosh Hashanah Dinner at a family friend's house. My favorite part was definitely the dessert, which was an apple pie stuffed apple, with honey drizzled on top. I thought it was a fun spin on the traditional apples and honey.
My most meaningful moment in Israel was laying in the middle of the desert near the dead sea. We all took our mats from the tent and went out in the middle of the night and laid alone to look up at the stars in silence. This just let me reflect on life and the trip. I think all Jews should go on Birthright because it gives us a chance to see where we came from and is an experience like no other.
This article has to do with Wolf attacks in Israel. There has been ten in the past four months, which is definitely unusual. This definitely seemed interesting to me because I didn't really think much about the wildlife while visiting Israel.
I was lucky enough to visit the ghetto in Venice, Italy and wrap Tefillin. I was assisted in putting on the Tefillin by a rabbinical student. Wrapping Tefillin gives me a sense of pride, and being closer to my own religion. I normally don't have the opportunity to do it, so when this arose, I had to.
Inside my local JCC, we have a Holocaust museum. Although it's a small museum, the message it sends is still powerful; never again. I learned the importance of standing together, even in today's age, and standing up for minorities, even if they are not Jewish, to avoid something similar. The museum, although sad, gave me a sense of pride.
One prayer that always touches my heart is the Mourner's Kaddish. The prayer is basically saying that we live our lives for the lord, and everything we do is in his name, even as we remember a loved one. I chose this prayer because of the emotions that are attached to it. I can't do it daily because thankfully I am not mourning lost ones on a regular basis, but even hearing it in a service sends chills down my spine.
The company I researched is Avgol. It started in Israel, but now has a massive plant in North Carolina. The thing that I found inspiring about this company is that not only did it create plenty of jobs in Israel, it also created jobs abroad within the United States. It is n ever-growing company, which specializes in fabrics for baby diapers.
I understand the struggles of Israeli Americans, and everything that they face. Moving to a new country is hard for anyone, let alone someone who is moving from a nation of mostly Jews, to a nation with such a mix of religion, but a Christian majority.
The closest chapter to me is in Houston.
The closest chapter to me is the Southeast Chapter.
I posted the app Waze, because not only is it an app that was created and popular in Israel, it's also one of the most popular GPS apps in the world!
As a graduate of the University of Houston, Harvey hit extremely close to home for me. I don't live in Houston anymore, but I live a few hours away. Many friends lost everything, from homes to cars, and it was devastating. My law school held a donation drive to help the many families affected by Harvey, and I made sure to help lead it, as well as donate clothes, food, and other things that were needed.
I was in Europe a few weeks ago and made a short trip back to Israel! I visited friends and explored Jerusalem for a few days before heading back to America to begin the semester. I wanted to make the trip because I fell in love with Israel on Taglit. The connection has changed because although Taglit was amazing, I was able to explore Israel on my own.
The Museum I visited was the Jewish Museum of Venice. It is located in Venice, Italy. Two things that I learned from my visit is that although Jews were persecuted even 500 years ago, we always find a way to continue practicing and to grow as a people. I also learned about the history of Jews in Venice, and how the contributed to the society there as doctors. My visit influenced my Jewish identity by showing that Jews are all over the world, not just in a select few places.
Goign to Zvat and learning about Kabbalah was one of my favorite parts of Birthright. I had no idea what it was before, but I really think it's interesting how deep it really is.
It's important to understand our past and to apply what we've experienced over time to modern experiences. History repeats itself in some shape or form.
We all have different views and beliefs of God, and we can all learn from each other. Many people are not alone in grasping the concept of God, and that nobody truly knows all.
Although Jerusalem may be small in size, it is one of the most important cities in the world. Clearly it's important to Judaism, but it's also extremely important to Christianity and Islam. Although the city has changed a little bit in modern times, it still keeps the different parts of history that it has gained over time.
This video discusses the importance of pleasure in your life, especially through Judaism. Some things may be more pleasurable than others, but we should learn to look at everything and try to find the pleasure behind it all.
I really enjoyed this video because it intertwines religion and science. It shows how Judaism is connected to science, and how the Jewish version of creation is formed around science.
This video basically explains that success is subjective, and it can be as simple as being happy and doing what you love. It's all up to you to determine the level of success you're at by setting your own goals, growing as a person, etc.
Title: 48 Was to Wisdom, Lesson 2- Listen Effectively
Author: Rabbi Weinberg
What I learned: I learned the importance of listening with your ears, to analyze what you hear, and to use it to get your point across. If the other party is not understanding what you're saying, you might also be struggling to understand them. The best way to get your own point across is to listen. I can apply this to my life by listening before I speak, and making sure we're all on the same page in a discussion.
Title: Interfaith Respect is Vital
Author: Rabbi Sacks
What I learned: Growing up in a community with very few Jews, I definitely know what it means to have respect for other faiths. In this article, the Rabbi talks about the importance of having different beliefs, and how we can all learn from each other. With this, I can continue to respect the different beliefs within my community, along with outside of it.
I learned that there are a few different pathways for conviction. Knowledge, belief, social conditioning, and faith. All of these blend together to create what you believe in, your morals, and how you live your life.
In this video, they discuss relationships in Judaism. It focuses on the importance of appreciating certain aspects of your relationships, along with just appreciating yourself in general when it comes to your love life.
My favorite Jewish holiday has always been Passover. For one, I love the story. I also love the fact that my whole family gets together for the Seder. The smells of the food remind me of when I was younger and just thinking about it makes me happy and proud of my Jewish heritage.
The app I downloaded is called Shema. One really cool thing about the app is that I let it access my calendar on my phone, so it adds all of the Jewish Holidays to it. It also includes all of the prayers you need for the holidays. I would definitely recommend it to friends because it's an easy way to keep track of the Jewish holidays.
My Hebrew name is Yaakov Ben Abraham Avinu. It means Jacob, Son of Abraham, Our Father. I was given this name because my English name is Jacob.
I attended a Shabbat meal in Tel Aviv, hosted by Sharon Tubul. The meal was fantastic and it was great to spend my last night in Israel with friends around a Shabbat meal.
I chose to like this page because it's important to educate people on Israel
To me, Yom Hazikaron means more than judt Israeli Memorial Day, it's a day for all Jews around the world to remember and be proud of the brave men and women who fought in the IDF. Meeting soldiers and becoming great friends with them really opened my eyes to how important the IDF is to not only Israel, but Jews everywhere.
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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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