So Shimon reminds me of my favorite teacher in middle school. It was never about what my teacher was telling me, but instead that they cared and reached out to connect with me. I remember our conversations during lunch and how it has shaped me.
Keren's story of going from British citizen to officer in the IDF is inspiring. The biggest note and reason that she should be proud and she inspires the rest of us is that she set out to be the best and she is do that. Our goals in life are different, but we can get there, in time and with effort.
Matt Is an amazing inspiration to us all that he has combined two things that make up his identity into an amazing experience. Our constant drive to share who we are with others just became easier for him and he give the rest of us hope.
Nati is showing that the world can be changed one way or the other, even by these small acts. It is important why we give to others but it is more important that we remember others and make that a priority from time to time.
Sara's video is empowering and impressive that she would even think about trying to remember this not only for her family but for all of us. Sharing such an emotional and difficult time in her family's life. This is a brave thing to push into this world and something I wish more people would do.
I think of those that I know are Jewish and stars in Hollywood, and there are not many that are practicing versus just Jewish. This is an inspiring thought that Mayim is able to balance all of her stuff and still be an inspiration to the rest of us.
How can we focus on others and not ourselves? Being somewhat selfish in this world is necessary so we can help our lives. More importantly it is not something that happens immediately but instead it will be something that builds over time and practice.
There is no such thing as buying happiness. It is important to find a balance in our lives that will please our bodies, our minds and our souls. The biggest lessons are finding the balances and ways to increase these habits without money.
We all have a way to look at one another and there is always a constant in this world, that no one is perfect. So for each of us to be happy, it takes us to focus on ourselves over dealing with the hopes and wishes to be someone else.
Focusing on routine and having that to fall back on can make us happy in any situation. Change is tough and having a way to get ourselves back on a good path, will help us take that first step towards recovering back to our happy selves.
this is the most repetitive movie in this series. I think that being happy is about a thought, but there is always more that we cannot control that influence us. This helps me realize that there is no way to deal with those, and instead I just need to focus on what makes me happy.
In every relationship, there is no such thing as perfect. instead there is always a way to find the good and that is what we should focus on. I have had relationships that mean a lot to me so that is why I try to keep only positive people around.
Happiness is a judgement that we should only make on ourselves, yet we normally judge ourselves verse others. I just want to make sure i remember that I am happy being who i am.
I think that it is important to learn on the job and just continue to question things until you find a level of comfort of where you are. There are four different convictions, i think knowledge is the most important.
I believe there is such a thing as too thing and that goes for pleasure seeker. There should be a level of acceptance and good without going overboard and making it look more like we are addicted to pleasure. We should just appreciate the simple things in life.
We all know that power is great but it can corrupt us as well. I want to follow up and remember that there are different levels of success and as long as I can focus on those I can control, i think i will be fine.
Reconciling the differences between the Big Bang and Religion was always difficult for me. Yet now i hear that Genesis is connected with the big bang theory is shattering what i thought i knew about judaism. I want to learn more and try to understand how this all works.
I attended my cousin's wedding in upstate new york in the beginning of september. I chose to attended this event to celebrate the love my cousin has found and to come together with family. There were many jewish elements of the wedding including a chuppah during the ceremony, breaking of the glass and many of the men wore kippahs. I took away how important keeping jewish wedding traditions alive are and plan on having these same traditions at my own wedding some day.
I do not believe in true infinite but instead a level of understanding that we have not gotten to yet. It comes from a love of math. But there is a sense of G-d in all of us and how we have grown not infinite but truly closer to the number of the stars in the
heaven growing how much G-d can touch.
I think that our history is built on the idea of prophecy and fulfillment. In so many stories of our torah there are powerful scriptures that continue to show the depth of our understanding, even into death.
Kabbalah means so much to me since i had no idea going into this that there was such a way of interpreting Judaism. I love how spiritual we can get and still believe in this tradition that goes back thousands of years in our tradition.
All of our relationships in the world are based on interactions and how much we trust one another. We cannot interact without giving off a feeling of trust and belief in one another. The deeper the relationship, the deeper the trust and the beginning transformation in my mind of LOVE.
Jersusalem is a powerful city that is the middle of multiple religions. I think while we were driving around there were so many Churches, synagogoes and mosques. I think at the end of the day this will always be a holy city that goes back too far for anyone to claim as theirs.
I watched the movie "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" It was a story about a young boy Bruno who lives close to a concentration camp and befriends one of the prisoners. He believes they are wearing pajamas and no uniforms. The story was interesting from a child perspective not fully understanding the cruelty of this world. It was also interesting seeing the perspective of a german family during this time. I will always remember these characters and their bravery they showed during difficult and impossible times.
Do Jews believe in destiny or free will? It is an interesting thought since G-d has always commanded his chosen people to do certain tasks, but has left much of how they get there (thinking of Noah and how he ran only to end up where G-d intended) up to the person. So freedom of actions are ours, but maybe we do have our lives and destinies set. After Yom Kippur, I hope it is a good one this year.
Hollywood was built by dreamers, and Jews were part of that. Our ideals have been open and always welcoming of new ideas so of course the reinvention in Hollywood is expected and was always cool to see.
Hollywood was never kind to Jews and we have always needed to find ways to assimilate into this world. Even though we started much of Hollywood, it is amazing to me still how many people shun Jews just because of who we are not what we have done in this world. But we have overcome and made a strong legacy in Hollywood.
I watched the video about Rosh Hashanah right before to learn a little more about the holiday. I learned about the three books that are opened, what the blowing of the shofar represents and that there is no repentance on Rosh Hashanah. I think learning these things will help me appreciate this holiday a little more and help me connect more with my jewish identity.
the Wild West has always been about the characters who can bend but never break their codes. in judaism, we have found that changing our policies from orthodox to reformed show the breadth of bending, but we can always walk into a service and have an understanding of where we are, because we are jews.
It is always important to realize that all heroes in the stories of torah and history have always just been normal people. We are always supposed to do well to one another and heroes are just the embodiments that we see in front of all of us, but all of us can be heroes.
It is so important to support other people in the US because we all need to come together as a giant community to take care of each other when a part is in need. To contribute to the cause in Houston I helped organize and collect bathroom products for a community center in Texas. We were able to ship twelve full boxes down and hopefully made a small impact.
I think it will never show up that people will look at jews the same way as those in the tribe. If we want people to resonate with us, sometimes embracing the stereotypes is necessary but it only exacerbates the issues sometimes.
I attended a Rosh Hashanah meal with my family in westchester! It was an amazing experience because I was able to share it with my brother who I had not seen in a very long time. My favorite part was being able to reconnect with my family and sitting down to eat all together. My parents were the ones who hosted and special foods we had was apples and honey!
Looking at judaism and laughter is always important. They are always times that makes sense and sometimes time that do not. more importantly, Judaism is always there for us and laughter will always make things better.
Looking at the love and what that means, i think it is important to know that there is no such thing as love at first site but instead a way that love grows. We all look at the world differently and I believe the world has love in it, but especially as a jew, we do not alwasys see it in the media or movies.
I learned that there are so many Jewish restaurants near me! I will be trying some soon! I would recommend this to a friend to try new places!
I learned that this app will help me improve my hebrew. I hope that I am able to recognize more words when being spoken to! I would recommend this to a friend because it was easy to use and really fun.
I hope I gain knowledge on different Jewish holidays that I did not know much about. I am excited to start participating in more events. I would recommend this app to a friend because it was easy to use and super helpful!
I watched "One Little Girl's Response to Anti-Semitism" and it was amazing to her her views at such a young age. I was truly inspired by her words and plan on watching more! I would recommend this to anyone looking to expand their horizon on Jewish culture and opinions.
I downloaded Jswipe to meet other jewish people in my area and am super excited to see how it goes! I learned there are a lot of interesting guys right in NYC! I would recommend this for anyone social and that wants to meet new people.
I read the book The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman after one of my trip members recommended it. I learned about Masada and some of the events that had happened there in through the eyes of fictional woman. I liked the perspective of the time and it was interesting to learn about a woman's role of the time. It gave me a new perspective on some of the hardships people in ancient Israel faced.
I found the recipe for this challah online! It was different because these was a honey wash that was on top. I would love to make this again this week!
I chose to like this organization because it helps jewish communities.
While at the Jewish Museum I saw Walter Benjamin’s Arcade exhibit in NYC. It was very interesting to learn about his life and how he left France and was unable to enter Spain and therefore died. It was also interesting to see the Arcade Pictures mirrored with the contemporary art. This visit made an impact on how I view typical jewish art because it was different than I expected.
Lighting shabbat candles means it is a time of the week to reflect back on decisions made during the week and a time to relax with friends and family.
My Most meaningful moment was visiting the western wall during shabbat. It was amazing to be sharing the experience will all of the friends that I now call family and I will remember this for the rest of my life. I think this place is important for Jews to remember the past while making new memories for the future.
I visited Katz's Delicatessen in NYC this week with friends. I ordered the classic Rueben sandwich and get pickles! It was amazing and I love that it is so close to where I live. I would recommend this to everyone in the area.
I re-joined CSI in my hometown! It's where I was bat mitzvah'd and where I spent a lot of time as a child. It felt nice to be welcomed back to the community after some years away.
I hosted a Shabbat meal for my birthright girlfriends, my NYC friends, and my family! It was fun to connect all the different people in my life and of course eat!
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