this week's torah portion is parashat vayetze. it is about jacob when he sees rachel lebans daughter and he asks leban to marry her and he says that he will let him marry her if he works for him for seven years.so he does and after his wedding day he realizes that leban tricked him and married him to his oldest daughter leah. he tells leban that he wants rachel and leban says that he has to work 7 more years to marry her. eventually he ended up marrying rachel.
leah has many kids but rachel isn't capable of giving birth. she prays to god to give her a child and after a long time she gets pregnant with a boy who she calls joseph.
i learnt from this week's portion that if you work hard and believe you will always get the things you want.
i watched crossing the line: the new face of anti- semitism on campus. all of what i watched in the film i had never thought of before, i never heard about the matter being such a huge problem on campuses. i felt extremely horrified to hear how humans treat other humans on american campuses. it is scary to think what zionists and pro israelis go through. just watching the video scared me. i learnt about what pro palestinian organizations do how they are and what measures they are willing to do against jews. i didn't know that anti semitism was that strong in america. i also learnt that there are very brave people that advocate for israel and are trying to stop the anti semitism on campuses.
i hosted a shabbat meal together with my mother. it was a special shabbat dinner because it was the dinner when we met my brothers girlfriends family for the first time. all of her family were invited as well as my family. my brother has been with his girlfriend for five years now and we had never met anyone in her family before.
we served s special type of stake and seniya which is kebabs in tahini sauce. along with a lot of side dishes. the table was full.
it was stressful to host that shabbat dinner because we were all very excited.
i would definitely do it again it was really fun to combine to families together for a night over the shabbat dinner table.
i read an article about a tour that 1000 holocaust survivors took in israel. it gave them a chance to go out and be with other people and share their stories. it was organized bu the KKL and JNF and was partially funded b a couple from australia that the woman also went through the holocaust. most of the survivors spend most of their days at home alone so getting a chance to leave their house and see some different scenery was highly appreciated by them. i especially liked the part where on of the woman said how nice it was to see beautiful forests instead of the forests they remember in the holocaust where their families were murdered.
i read an article about the abduction of the nazi adolf eichmann. in the article they explained the role of the jewish community in argentina in the capture of eichmann. they supplied the mossad with cars and safe houses although not all of them cooperated and some were used without their knowledge. but it was necessary to capture a man who was responsible for the death of so many jews.
i read an article about 5 palestinian men that threw improvised explosive devices into a tunnel with vehicles passing by. the military together with the border police caught them in time and no one was hurt.
from this article i learnt how lucky we are in israel that we have an amazing defense system. because i am in the army and because i have friends that are part of the brigades that help stop people like the palestinians that got caught i know how many times these types of things happen. they happen daily and the people throwing rocks or explosive bottles aren't always grown men. sometimes there are children behind those devices. we are very lucky that these people get stopped in time and there are usually very few casualties. hopefully one day these thing will stop and no one else will get hurt.
my hebrew name is Talia. it is from the torah. when the jews were in the desert for 40 years tal was the thing that kept their food from going bad . it was a present from god . and ia which in hebrew is יה' means god. it is a present from god. i was called that because when i was born my grandfather was on his deathbed. he was very sick and my grandmother said that i was the present from god ' he took a life but gave them another. my grandfather passed away three days after i was born.
i was 12 when i had my bat mitzvah. in israel bat mitzvah are not like bar mitzvahs. it is less of a ceremony and more of a party. even though most girls didn't read from the torah my school at the time found that it was important that we get the opportunity to read apart from the torah so on the year of our bat mitzvahs when it was purim all the girls in my grade read the ta'anit ester together. each girl got a part to read and that was our version of the aliyah latorah. we read the taanit which is a scroll that has the story of purim written in it. it was very exciting to get to read from the torah in the synagog because it was something special that most girls dont get to do. i did not make a speech but my parents made a video with me for my party . during my bat mitzvah i felt very happy and loved and connected to my judaism.
i researched mobileye which stated in israel in 1999. it is a company which invented a mono camera for your car that gets attached to the front of your car and can calculate the amount of seconds it will take to hit the car in front of you based on how far you are driving and how far you are from the car in front of you. it then beeps and alerts you of the danger when you are too close. it can also recognize when you are moving away from your lane or if the is a person in front of your car. it was made to prevent accidents from happening. it now has headquarters all over the world including america. and it is used in many cars worldwide. in israel it will soon go into the law that every car has to have a mobileye installed in it.
i found this company inspiring because they found a way to reduce the amount of car accidents and reduce the amount of people that get hurt in accidents. they took an issue that is worldwide and are targeting it so solve it.
i have chosen to do a kiddush every friday. i chose it because i feel like it is important to thank god for the food we eat and the drinks we drink. i also believe that it is an opportunity to be with family every week even if during the week everybody was busy. during birthright i felt inspired when i saw everybody together during the kiddush i thought it was very beautiful to see .
today i was in a shabbat meal at my aunt's house. as usual we got there and waited for my uncle to come back from synagog. when he got back we sat at the table and my uncle did the kiddush . after that we all sat and ate dinner. it was a special shabbat because it was my cousin's wifes birthday. she is pregnant and was supposed to give birth today but ended up being sent home from the hospital and having her birth rescheduled and it was really nice to have here here on shabbat. we finished dinner and my uncle finished the prayer.
i interviewed my father and grandmother. the together with the rest of my father's family were born in Morocco in Casablanca. my grandfather who passed away nearly twenty years ago worked in a secret organization that helped bring jews to israel since it wasn't legal to leave morocco. they would secretly put them on boats in the middle of the night. after my grandfather was nearly caught they decided to move to israel themselves but because it was too dangerous for them all to go to israel together , my grandparents sent the children separately. first my aunt who is the oldest child came to israel and then two years later my 2 uncles came to israel and 2 years after that my father who is the youngest came with my grandparents. they lived in ashdod when they got to israel. after my grandfather passed away he left money in his will to have a torah written in his name which took 16 years to write, and for a synagog to be built which my uncle takes care of and runs to this day.
my family keeps all the holiday traditions, my dads side is religious . my favorite tradition is a moroccan tradition called a memunah which happens every year right after passover.
to keep my judaism alive i want to have kiddush every week and make sure to get to synagog as much as i can especially since there is a place in israel where there is a synagog that is special o my family.
i learnt the Hebrew alphabet. i hope to learn more Hebrew through this app. i would recommend this app to my friends because it is a great way to learn Hebrew.
i watched the video about the rabbi that was always late. i hope to watch more videos on this app and learn more about Judaism. i would recommend this app because it has really interesting videos.
from the app i learnt when hannukah is and i am interested in attending my hannukah celebration on my base so the calendar can help me know when it is.
i wold recommend this app to my friends because it is a great way to track jewish holidays and events.
i hope to gain a better knowledge of the Jewish people near me and to get to know more Jewish people.
i would recommend this app to my friends. its a great way to get to no other jewish individuals.
this saturday i went to a shabbat service in my grandfathers synagog. my grandfather died 3 days after i was born and he left money in his will to build a synagog . i felt a connection to the place.i would want to go back because i feel it is the place where i feel connected the most to my heritage.
i attended a rosh hashana service in my towns makeshift synagog. it wasnt my first time. it felt really nice to see all my town and to be together during the holiday. i would do this again. i think that it is important because it is important to maintain jewish traditions.
today i attended a shabbat meal at my aunts place. my grandmother came hoe from recovery at a hospital so it was a very special shabbat meal. it was great to see her and everybody else. my uncle did the kiddush and then we all sat to eat .
on the evening of yom kippur i attended a service in my towns makeshift synagog. it wasnt my first time we go everyyear. there is no place to hold my whole town in our regular synagog so the gym turns into a synagog on holidays. during the prayers i felt very connected to my jewish roots. i will go again next year. it think that it is important to go because it brings together everybody for prayer .
my favorite holiday memory is from Sukkot when i lived in Singapore. in Singapore there is a small Jewish community so on holidays there where very nice. they were organized by the habadnikim. every Sukkot we wold have a challenge of who would make the best mini sukka. it would be shown outside of the synagog and that is my favorite memory. it stands as a symbol for my Jewish upbringing because that was how my upbringing was. in synagog on holidays and shabbat and the habadnikim in Singapore organizing Jewish things for the children to do.
although i am an Israeli soldier myself i choose yom hazikaron. when when were in mount herzel we were asked to tell a story about someone that got injured or died in one of the many Israeli operations. i chose my best friends uncle. the other Israeli soldiers also chose people that they know either personally or have someone close to them know them personally. i realized that living in Israel, it is rare to find someone that has nothing to do with a person that lost his life. it gave me a new understanding of yom hazikaron and a greater respect then i already had for the day.
on rosh hashana day i went to my grandparent for lunch . we did the blessings on everything and then we moved on to the meal. we had a barbecue like every holiday day. my favorite part was seeing everyone again especially since i don't see them often.
i chose to follow them because i support their cause
i chose to like them because i would like to support and help bring students to Israel so that they can learn more about Israel.
i chose to like them because i like the idea that they are doing and if i could help host someone have a place to be on shabbat dinner i would like to help
i chose to like them because i would like to see what they are doing and follow their videos
i watched the testimonial of David s wisnia . he told the story about is time in Auschwitz. about how he was young and because of that he was put to work. he had to carry the bodies and but them in piles. after two weeks someone came and asked who could sing. he could sing so from then on he became a "privileged" prisinor. which meant he didn't die. after they close Auschwitz he was supposed to move to a different concentration camp there he was sure he would be killed so he ran away and joined the american army in their battle against the Germans. after he reached america he started writing songs about his time in Auschwitz and he performs them now in front of audiences with the help of his son who is a composer. the most meaningful part of his story is how much he did to survive and how he is getting over what has happened by sharing his story through songs. this story inspired me by showing me that no matter how hard things get. you will always be given a window to get out of.
i watched a holocaust testimonial by Eva Moses kor. she was a mangela twin in Auschwitz during the war. she and her twin sister where separated from their family when they reached Auschwitz . they were taken by Mangele and experimented on because they were twins. they got lots of shots with unknown substances and eventually Eva got sick. during that time her sister was left alone in the labs and was still experimented on while Eva was sent to the hospital. eventually they survived and Eva moved to america. After a lot of years and after her sister died she was asked to make a speech about her time in Auschwitz. she said that of course but then she was asked if she could find a Nazi doctor that would be willing to talk as well. she found one but he was not willing to talk but he wanted her too go with him to Auschwitz . there he apologized and eva decided to forgive him. he also gave her a document that is proof of the holocaust so that whenever anyone doubts that it was real she could wave the document in their face.
forgiving him was closure for Eva and after forgiving him she eventually managed to forgive mangale, the doctor in charge of the twin experiments.
the most meaningful part of her story was when she forgave the people that made her suffer, she inspired me to forgive more often because if she can forgive the horrors that where done to her i should be able to forgive others too.
i chose to like this page because i believe in what it stands for and would like to see their progress and what they are doing and where
i attended a rosh hashana meal at my aunts house. my favorite part was eating the apple in honey and getting to see and talk and laugh with all my family.
we ate pomegranate with sugar and apples with honey and cuscus.
on rosh hashana i attended a rosh hashana meal at my aunts house. we got to meet all the family and see what was going on with everyone. we first made all the blessings on all the different foods and then we got to enjoy an amazing family dinner that my aunt made. my favorite part was the blessing of the apple and the honey.
i learned that in order to succeed i need to keep my goals in my head and believe i can achieve them and never give up
this video inspired me a lot and made me understand how one person can make a change in others peoples life by first changing yourself and making yourself a better stronger person.
while watching this video i learned about the thriving economy in Israel and how the options in Israel are endless and you can be anything your mind can think of even if it is not conventional. it influenced my feelings about Israel by making me believe in the Israeli economy a lot more than i did before. i always heard about ow life in Israel is really hard, hard to get into a good university hard to get a good job but the video made me see that there are so many options in Israel that all i have to do is choose what i want and do it.
i read an article about seven habits of an Oleh hadash. I managed to relate to this article a lot because i came to Israel in the sixth grade after spending most of my childhood in Singapore. where the culture is totally different. the author explains how you need to change to adjust to the life in Israel while not loosing who you are and the culture you grew up with. she explains how you need to reach out more for help when you need it and accept that there is an entire country of people who are your brothers who are always ready to help. she also explains how the laid back seemingly careless culture does not come from laziness and how you need to embrace it. these are all things that i had to learn when i got to Israel so i enjoyed reading this article and seeing another persons perspective on what its like adjusting to life in Israel.
Jackie talks about how he was separated after they got off of the trains, he first got separated from his mother and sisters and then eventually after they separated everyone again he was separated from his father and his brother and he explains how after that separation at the camps he never got to see anyone from his family again.
Rita talks about her experience while getting off of the train in Auschwitz, how her sister tried to make her look older and healthier so that she will pass the selection and not be sent to die/ she tells about how woman before her refused to separate from their babies and ended up dying and about how she managed to pass and stay with her family for a moment until Mengele saw her and pushed her to a different side and then she got separated from harry the little boy and she says that she just hopes that he wasn't alone in his final moments.
the most meaningful part of their story is when they got separated from their loved ones and where left all alone.
their story taught me how important it is to stay close to your family and respect and appreciate the people around you.
last shabbat me and my mom hosted a a shabbat meal in our house. we invited our family friends and our neighbors. we had around 20 people invited so we had to make a lot of food. we spent all of Friday in the kitchen cooking a big meal.
we served a roast beef, meet balls in tahini, chicken meet balls in tomato and olives sauce, and spicy Moroccan fish, we had a lot of different salads like a quinoa and feta cheese salad and a lot others.
hosting a shabbat dinner was really nice because its always nice to be with friends and family , getting to catch up and just have a great night. i would diffidently to it again. The most enjoyable part of hosting the shabbat dinner was getting to see all of our family friends.
i support israel !
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