This article discusses how Israeli and American officials are trying to stop the UN from publishing the blacklist of Israeli companies based in the West Bank. They view this list as harmful towards Israeli economy and counterproductive in achieving peace. I hope that this list will not publish.. because it can promote more BDS and anti-Israel sentiment.
This article discusses how Amazon is preparing to launch retail sales activities in Israel. It says that they are planning on having a storage place in central Israel to provide services to Israeli consumers. This move can significantly cut costs for the Israeli consumer, if it can ship directly to Israel rather than from European countries. I'm very happy to hear that Israel is getting this kind of upgrade. It just shows how much Israel is advancing!
I got in touch with Talia Reiss through a friend. She is 21 years old and a student at American University in Washington, DC. I asked her some questions about her. She said that she really enjoyed her childhood in Israel. She went to a regular public school so she says that she was able to make many Israeli friends and truly become immersed in the language and culture. She says that she really loved Israel for the people and community. While in the US, school was centered around academics, school in Israel was very community based and emphasized the importance of socialization and bonding. She moved back to the US when she was 14. The move from home to her was very difficult. Academically she had difficulty catching up with my peers in school. Socially, she says she felt fairly disconnected from her peers and missed the comfort of school in Israel.
She is thankful that I still had the friends I made prior to moving to Israel, but making new friends took some time.
She says she felt rather comfortable with American people. She says that she is happy she moved because she feels she did feel as though she received a better academic experience in the US than I did in Israel. She says that she is currently very happy with her life, and has no regrets about moving back to the States.
She says that she has a very strong appreciation for culture, language and travel. Having experienced two different worlds, she has a strong desire to experience more. She loves Israel and visits Israel every year to see her extended family.
This article was published following the Israeli defense Ministers- Avigdor Liberman visited the northern border of Israel. He expressed concerns of the growing Iranian presence in Syria. He addressed Russia by saying that Israel will not tolerate an Iranian threat near it's borders. I learned about the complex security situation that Israel faces.
This article discusses the reactions in social media after miss israel posted a selfie with miss Iraq. All though they posted in order to symbolises how peace can be possible between the two nation's they receive negative and hurtful feedback. I learned that sadly even the smallest gesture in order to make peace will always have some haters.
This article discussed religious women in the IDF. The article states that since 2010, the Israel Defense Forces has recorded a surge in the number of religious women who want to serve. These figures have almost tripled. The article spoke of the hardships of religious women in the IDF and also spoke about how even with the hardships women are still motivated to serve the army. Women make up roughly a third of Israel’s military. Since the 1990s, women have been allowed to take on combat roles, and the IDF says that today around 90 percent of all military jobs are open to women. There are three co-ed combat units. I am very happy to hear that the IDF helps integrate women into the IDF, especially reliougs women. I can say from personally experience as a religious girl in the army that I am very happy that I drafted and I really felt that the IDF really helped me with my religious needs.
I learned how to give constructive criticism at the right time and in the right way. Do not tell that person at the moment the thing is taking place your constructive criticism but do it after. Also when telling it make sure you explain it by giving examples of times in which others or you have failed and how they progressed. This is in order to give the criticism the best way possible. This connects to my Jewish identity because we learn in Judaism that if you need to criticize you are not allowed to embarrass the person and that you must be very sensitive. Love your friend like you love yourself.
I learned that in order to have enough time with your loved ones you should schedule first spending time with them and then start scheduling work. Also that quality time is way more important then quantity time. If you want to be the person you knew you always were, make sure that when you are with that person you are the best version of yourself. This connects to my Jewish identity because if you want to be connected to god you should try to do things that will connect you that are quality and follow the commandments fully with meaning.
I learned why perfectionists procrastinate. You should try hard to make sure you did the best you could but do not take so long to send it out to the world. If you wait too long because you cannot let it go until it is perfect then it might be too late. You must accept that you will receive feedback, good and bad. This connects to my Jewish identity because I feel like we sometimes as Jews try to be perfect for the world. We sometimes don't do things because we are afraid of the negative feedback we will receive from the world. I hope we learn that we cannot be perfect but just try our best to be the best that we can be.
I learned that resolutions are not the answer to achieving your goals but that rituals are. If you want to do something and achieve it you must make a task for yourself that is plain and simple and it will help you reach your goal. This changes how I look at my Jewish identity because if I want to become closer to Judaism it is not enough for me to say.. ok today I will try. I will need to take a simple act and do it every day and then I will feel more connected.
I attended a Shabbat meal at home. My mother and I cooked the meal together and it was delicious. We had my brother, my sister in law and family friends over for the meal and afterwards we had around 40 people over for a torah class that our local rabbi gave. It was really nice and I hope we will do it again soon.
I learned that if you want to manage your time you must plan it. Every day make a plan in the morning and write down all your tasks. Do the hardest one first and do not look back at the other tasks while doing it. He also said do not multi task... which I found very interesting because I never heard someone say that before. This connects to my Jewish identity because in order to plan the day and get stuff done you need split your day, just like in Judaism we split the day according to prayer and it helps organize the day ahead.
I learned that if you focus more on the audience and how you can teach them you won't get so nervous when you make a public speech. This helped me connect with my Jewish identity because if we listen to Judaism when its says not to have an ego and not to care what people think about you… then you can do anything, including public speaking.
I learned that we cannot resist temptations is because we need the immediate. So if you want to push yourself to do something on the spot… make sure you can give yourself also something immediate that will give you pleasure. This changed the way I feel about my Jewish identity because I now understand that we need to train ourselves in order to be patient and to learn to wait for the benefits... it will be hard but in the end it will be 100% worth it.
I learned that in order to unblock yourself you should use your time wisely, to be comfortable with taking a risk, and to go back to how to solve the problem. This changed my connection with my Jewish identity because we really do need to focus on using our time to help solve the problems even if it means taking a risk.
I learned that in order to be more innovative you need to break down the elements of a product. Also to really understand how to solve a problem you need to empathize with the problem that people are facing. This connects to my Jewish identity because if you want to create something to help people you really need to completely feel what they are going through. Just like in Judaism where you should love your friend like you love yourself.. well here you need to feel what they are going through as if it was you.
I learned that in order to forgive someone it is not for them but it is for you. You need to let the anger in and realize that that you are hurt and how can you learn from this. Also, that in order to really forgive put yourself into that persons shoes... they aren't a bad person something that happened to them made them act the way they did. This really connects with my Jewish identity because we should always look for the reason the person did what they did that way you will have compassion and will help that person to be better.
I learned that if you want to ask for a raise you should do it with good timing and have a good case as to why you deserve it. This changed my connection with my Jewish identity because you should always know what you are worth but also be classy when asking to receive something you deserve.
I learned from this video how we can never really find our purpose but live with purpose. We need to ask the world what are we needed for.. not what you need. This connected with my Jewish identity because we should always have a goal to help others and realize that we are just human and we will never fully understand our full purpose.
I learned in this video how to deal with negative feedback from haters on the internet. He explained that you should understand that they are not attacking you but are dehumanizing the computer and they do not realize that there is a real person behind the screen. This was a great lesson for my Jewish identity because in Judaism you learn to not judge people right away and to give them the benefit of the doubt.
I enlisted to the IDF to support Israel!
I interviewed my friend Liad Arussy. She made aliyah in from New Jersey and currently lives in Givat Shmuel. She moved to Israel in order to draft to the IDF, making her a lone soldier. Her biggest struggle in Israel has been acclimating to the culture as well as living on her own while serving in the military. Her favorite part is the family-type vibe that is felt on the streets throughout the country. In 5 years, she hope to be married, with kids, working as a physical therapist in a community in Israel. For those thinking about making aliyah, she advices to be prepared about the culture change. Change doesn't always mean bad, but it can be difficult at times to acclimate fully.
I researched a company called Waze. It's an app headquartered in Israel and was acquired by Google. Waze is an interactive navigation app for iOS and Android with more than 40 million registered users. It was founded in 2007 by Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar and Uri Levine. I found it inspiring that from our small country we developed something so successful. This Israeli application is the most successful navigation application and is worth a billion dollars.
I learned the halachic laws regarding kosher wine with my friend Liad Arussy on November 9, 2017 at 14:00. We learned the meaning of "Mevushal" wine and why wine that is handled by a non-Jew is often prohibited. The Rambam explains that Jews distance themselves from all things close to idolatry, and therefore don't drink wine that could have been used to worship foregin gods. However, if the wine was cooked before the non-Jew handled the food, it would be considered mevushal, and therefore a lesser status, meaning that a non-Jew would not use it to worship his or her diety. So the wine is prohibited to drink. Bottoms up!
I was 12 when I had my Bat Mitzvah. I had two bat mitzvahs actually. One in New Jersey where I grew up and one in Jerusalem with my entire Israeli side of the family. In my speech, I thanked my family for supporting me in everything that I do and standing by me during this life event. I didn't read from the Torah. I enjoyed every minute of my Bat Mitzvah. Which teen wouldn't want that type of attention? I also see now how significant it was in entering the world as a Jewish adult.
My hadaya ring :)
I got this ring custom made with a prayer from the sidur. It is a prayer that is said everyday and it makes me feel connected to god every time I look at it. The prayer means open my heart to your torah and after your mitzvot my soul will follow.
The article discussed a new German-Israeli partnership. The Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator for Cybersecurity (HIPA) accelerator program will unite 16 teams of cybersecurity experts from the Israel and Germany to work on projects related to software, infrastructure and network security. It promises to upgrade cybersecurity collaboration between the two countries.
I am always happy to hear about Israel's cooperation and partnership with other countries.
I attended a shabbat meal at my neighbors house. These neighbors made aliyah a year ago from New York and we connected with them instantly. We made blessings on the wine and bread. My mom and our neighbor over cooked and we had so my much food that it could feed the entire IDF. I really enjoyed the meal. We also discussed this weeks parsha.
The article discussed if female combat soldiers should serve with men. Orthodox rabbis claim that the growing ranks of female combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces are creating an immodest environment. The IDF, despite the criticism, are dedicated to integrating women into combat units. For example, the Air Force appointed its first female deputy commander of a fighter jet squadron and two other women to deputy commander’s positions in drone squadrons. The army announced 14 new appointments of women for colonels and brigadier generals throughout the military, including to head the Home Front Command’s Planning and Doctrine Department.
This is a hot topic that is always being discussed in the Israel and I think that despite the criticism the IDF is doing its best to integrate women into the army and giving them the same opportunities as men.
I went with my friend to a pottery class and I made this mezuza to put on the door frame. It is a Jewish law to have one on every door in the house with the prayer shemah tucked inside. It is in supposed to keep you safe from any danger. When I put it on my door I'll remember that someone is keeping me safe.
My family and I had a Shabbat meal Friday night. We did kedush in which you bless the wine and the bread. We made alot of food and drank wine. We spoke about the weekly parasha and about how everyone is doing. It was so sweet and so amazing to get together with the family.
I learned with Jasmine Patihi 10/13/17. We learned the book Chafez Chaim, which discusses the sin of lashon hara (speaking ill of others). We learned that this sin is just as bad as eating non kosher. The Chafez Chaim gave alot of examples on how in the torah it states multiple times how severe and destructive it is to speak bad about others. So destructive in fact that it is the reason Adam and Eve we're kicked out of Eden. The Chafez Chaim explained that the reason for the Jewish people are in exhile til today is because of lashon hara and it was the reason the temple was destroyed.
I learned with my brother Sian Goldofsky 10/14/17 perke avot פרקי אבות. We learned the first passage about how the book starts with 'the entire Jewish people has a share in the world to come'. The reason it starts this way is to make everyone feel comfortable even the ones that don't learn torah, that they to have a place in the world to come. It was important to make sure that even though some don't learn and might feel that they are not worthy, know that they are just as important. Every Jewish person should feel accepted and worthy.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/sockpuppet-nation-how-fake-commenters-and-other-online-ploys-skew-what-you-read/ I learned in this article that there are companies that provide services to create fake profiles for their customers. It is believed that the prime minister’s Likud party pays people using false online identities to plant fake comments online praising Likud members. I knew about the Google search engine and how any smart company will try to get their name to be on the first page when you google search it. I had no idea that Israeli politicians create fake profiles.
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5026778,00.html The US army are interested in purchasing the Israeli Iron Dome System. This Israeli system intercepts with enemy missiles in the air in order to protect civilians. I'm happy to hear that the US are interested in purchasing the system.. it is always good to hear about the cooperation.
It was very hard for me to watch students act so anti-Semitic. It really opened my eyes to what is happening in collage campuses in the US. As an Israeli I am proud to see that there are Jewish students that are defending the state of Israel. It's so important to have supporters of Israel at these campuses.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-approve-almost-4000-new-west-bank-homes-report/ I learned from the article that Israel is on its way to approve building a lot more homes in the West Bank. This is a topic that has been discussed for a long time now and is very controversial. I also learned that they are planning on fixing the roads which will benefit both Israelis and Palestinians in the area.
Every year my family and I go to Jerusalem for Yom Kippur. We have an apartment in the middle of the city next to mechne yehuda. In a small apartment we were ten people. We ate a beautiful meal before the fast and went straight to synagogue. We were at the service for about three hours. The chazan sang beautifully as my sister in law and I tried to read along. We slept unti around 11am and I went on a walk with my aunt while my brothers were sleeping. We walked around the holy city and it was so peaceful. The weather was amazing.. sunny but not to hot. We went to synagogue again until the end of the fast and we finally broke it on bagles and lox. It was a wonderful experience. :)
To prepare for Shabbat I lit the candles. I will say the prayer that will bring the Shabbat into our home and I will give zadaka. Shabbat Shalom!
I ate Rosh Hashanah meal with my entire family. We had around 30 people in my house and it was amazing. I love the holiday and loved being with my family. We blessed all the fruits for the new year and dipped the apple in the honey. We spent the entire night eating, drinking wine, and catching up. My little cousin and I got in a pomegranate seeds fight and my mother sang us songs. I can't wait for the next holiday :)
I watched this is israel: resilience, his story is very inspiring and it taught me that you really need appreciate everyday.
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