Sara's thoughts on her grandparents and how she started one place and where it has led is amazing. The biggest thing to note is that it starts with one brave step and one started, it will snowball.
Keren has taken a risk that not many of us could fathom and actually execute. She has moved up in the world and truly has committed to making it a better world and a better place for what she wants.
Shimon did what now?! Changing things when no one else wants to change something shows the power behind what Shimon has done and continues to do.
Love is something that builds. There are no movies that start with two eyes locking, they kiss and that is the end of it. Instead love takes time and a story. We all can build and learn more as things move forward and we can love deeper the more we know.
Everyone need a laugh and the more we laugh in this world the better the small things in life bounce off of us and the bigger things seem to be smaller and we can bounce back sooner. Laughter is the remedy that transcends all situations.
There is always a problem with jews in film. I do not mean that the actors, but when people act like jews, they exacerbate the flaws in the world and what they view of jews. It is sad that there are still characteristics that make us jewish.
The wild west was always showing that the main character has faults like we all do. Of all the genres of movies, this does show a more realistic view of our lives. I think that is what pulls us all to these types of movies.
We all believe in heroes because they can be the shining example of what we all can be. But we all can be heroes and that is the point in life, to show what exactly we can do and help others.
There are so many reasons that being a Jew is hard, but hearing the story of those who stood up in the world during the hateful time. They show the strength in our blood and the resolve of those who care about what is right in the world
Hollywood was built by dreamers and though there are a lot of people who dream, I think those who do it best has always been Jews. There are these amazing stories we are told when we are young that impact our thoughts and dreams and for some, it is the inspiration for the rest of their lives.
Sometimes it is important to realize that the world revolves regardless what we do. So then do we follow what the world does or does it follow what we are doing to it? I think the idea of freewill is nice, but I am not sure I believe in it.
The name of the Chabad I attended was the chabad of Palm Beach Gardens. It is located in Palm Beach Gardens FL. I would not go back simply because it was not for me.
Title: This is Israel: Resilience Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q2nLAWVzU4 I was amazed at Asael Lubotski's resilience and his optimism. It's amazing that from that bombing and his injury he then became a doctor and a father! What a great example of the resiliency of Israel!
This was my first time attending a Yom Kippur prayer service in Florida. It was an interesting experience, but everyone was somewhat friendly. I think I'd go back again. I think that it is important seeing that it is the day of atonement, which is the one time a year that we take that deep reflection.
Being from America, it really puts into perspective the essence of time and how America's history is a mere millisecond compared to overall history of Judaism. This video gave me knowledge of the Torah and major moments in Jewish history that I would not have known otherwise.
It was interesting to gain more information about Kabbalah and the spiritual connection to Judaism. You have the opportunity to be as spiritual as you want, and are able to take/gain as needed. You can relate Kabbalah to most things you your life.
I liked that the video had different perspectives on God and I took away that God is different for everyone and His meaning is something we all interpret differently.
Jerusalem made a large impact on me while I was on my birthright trip, and I found it very enjoyable to learn about its rich history. I find it fascinating that 3 major religions have connections to Jerusalem. However, this obviously creates a lot of conflict.
This video reiterates that learning comes from religion, but also as importantly, through life experiences. One must challenge the foundation of their beliefs or else they can fall victim to being a sheep. The 4 convictions as per this video are knowledge, belief, social conditioning, and faith.
I learned that we cannot sweat the small stuff, and we as young people need to focus on what is important in life, and what isn't. Life can be taken from each of us in an instant, and every moment must be enjoyed and cherished. We all get one shot at life!
Success is something that starts from learning from the small things and then altering your actions. It means you're able to be flexible-somebody who listens to all- because that's when you gain the respect of others. Success is a definition that is different for everyone. As long as you are happy, where you're at, then you are successful.
This video accurately demonstrated love and relationships. The point of the video, I think, is that love is love is love is love. People make infinite connections with people, bonding them. I think the Jewish people have a great sense of true love and valued relationships.
I share the joy I had of my birthright experience with friends and family
I especially enjoyed this video as i can relate to it. I try to be myself and true to my beliefs at all times. Its common for people to attempt to be someone they are not, just to please others. I strive to inspire others to stay authentic.
Midnight in the bedouin desert. Love this picture of the night sky when in the desert of Israel because it connects me to Judaism and with those who walked them before years ago.
I had a Rosh Hashanah meal at my house with my family. We had a very nice dinner together. We ate some matzo ball soup, brisket, challah, apples. My favorite part was the matzo ball soup So delicious. My parents hosted.
I watched Crossing The Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism. I found this to be a very powerful piece about anti-semitism and how its affecting college students today. I was not aware of this amount of anti-semitism and this film taught me that there has been a huge increase across the entire United States of Anti-Semitism on college campuses.
http://charlieharary.com/find-your-greatness-etta-and-ohel-speech/ Charlie Harary - Find Your Greatness: Etta and Ohel Speech. I learned more about finding your purpose and developing the confidence in yourself to follow your passions. In this you will find your greatness as you find what truly will bring fulfillment and happiness into your life.
I watched the episode entitled "How to Forgive". I really liked his point about holding onto bitter feelings not actually causing pain to the person you resent but rather only causes emotional stress for yourself. His quote, "Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die," is a great analogy to remember!
http://charlieharary.com/theaskcharlieshow-episode-2-balancing-time/ This video reminded me how valuable time is and how important it is to make time for family and loved ones. Spending quality time by being fully present is the greatest gift as you will not be able to get time back.
http://charlieharary.com/theaskcharlieshow-episode-13-dealing-with-haters/ I learned how to deal with people who are angry or jealous. For one, nothing should be taken personally. People are often speaking out of their own insecurities and is a reflection of them. I also liked to use it as an opportunity to grow. People who disagree are also challenging you and if you can learn from it your beliefs will be that much stronger.
"Interfaith respect is vital" http://rabbisacks.org/credo-interfaith-respect-is-vital/ Author: Rabbi Sachs. I really liked Rabbi Sachs last line about there being cultural diversity and biodiversity, as well as there is one God but there are many paths to his presence. I think this links everyone together and should help people realize that everyone can still coexist and thrive regardless of their faith.
"Where Faith Meets Israel" Author: Mayim Bialik http://groknation.com/faith/where-faith-meets-science/ I agree with the notion that faith and religiosity is a way to guide one's life and live with direction. I think what I will take from this is to live with more curiosity of the world and to enjoy life's beauty.
I read "Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrahi, and Ethiopian Jews" by Rabbi Rachel M. Solomin (http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/sephardic-ashkenazic-mizrahi-jews-jewish-ethnic-diversity/). I learned Mizrahi Jews originated from Middle Eastern ancestry, coming mainly from Iraq (Babylonia), Iran (Persia), and Yemen. Also, in Israel, Ashkenazic Jews make the majority of leadership roles in public institutions. Throughout history, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews have been underrepresented in government; however, now they make up more than half of the population.
I like Moishe House because they provide an outlet for young Jews and bring people together in different communities.
I watched "This is Israel: Resilience" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q2nLAWVzU4). It was awesome to see Asael come back from an awful injury in a terrorist attack. It really shows how tough Israelis are and the strength they have to fight through very tough times. I loved that he was able to lead a fulfilling life and be a positive influence to everyone around him.
I watched Masada Israel, A Travel Tour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2w9dyzdlvM I watched this video because I visited Masada during my time in Israel and wanted to learn more about it. I was not able to hike up because it was too hot but the views from the top were unreal. I am glad I was able to visit this historical place and learn the history.
Masa Israel offers opportunities such as studying abroad, taking a gap year, and volunteering with different programs to choose from all over Israel. It looks like a great organization and brings incredible experiences to young Jewish adults.
This is an incredible true story. I loved how these children came together to honor the 6 million Jews who lost their lives. I am amazed how they were able to get so many people to participate and how they were able to learn about the holocaust. I would definitely recommend this film to a friend.
I downloaded the app and realized there were some holidays I had not even heard of. I was curious and looked them up and learned more about Judaism.
I learned some new Hebrew words. I would definitely recommend it to others who want to learn Hebrew!
From "Israel's Quest for Peace" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35XYd8Afwt4&feature=player_embedded, from Youtube), I learned that Israel has taken an active role to make peace with its neighbors but its neighbors have not responded well to it. I was not aware of the active role that Israel has played for peace. I was interested in this topic because I knew I had not learned about Israel's side of the story.
I watched Israel Want Peace - Friend request Pending (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVS92TXthg4) by Hasbara Fellowship. The video used social media to show the hardships that Israel has had with neighboring countries. Israel has offered many gifts to keep the peace but it is a tough situation.
Jerusalem U does a great job educating Jewish youth and I think its a very respectable organization.
I watched a video called "Israel Apartheid Week Part 1 What to do" at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjFB2Z4YId4). This video detailed how to handle this week and how to best address lies and how to best advocate for Israel. The video highlights using time strategically and using time to reach the people who don't have a position yet. The biggest thing here is going to campus media, addressing the facts, etc.
It was pretty interesting to hear about young professionals who made Aliyah and what they are doing now in Israel. I hadn't heard about Aliyah until birthright. I am glad to hear of their success they have experienced. I learned that their are many opportunities for young professionals in Israel and different ways for them to be successful. It was cool to learn about all the opportunities to start businesses and how quickly Israel is growing.
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Liked the Bring Israel Home Facebook page
I downloaded the app JSwipe and have found some nice Jewish women! After going on birthright I have decided I need to find a beautiful Jewish woman.
I actually wasn't fully aware of the struggle Israeli Americans experience before this video. Although, I know there must be some struggles Israeli Americans go through like moving to a new country surrounded by new people and a different culture. I believe it is very important to have an organization like IAC. Israelis who move to America need support and help and IAC is able to give them that.
I visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and it was an emotional experience. It is important to remember the legacy's of the many people who lost their life during the Holocaust. I am glad I was able to visit this memorial and have a deeper understanding of their experiences. I feel a stronger connection to my Jewish identity.
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