My most meaningful moment took place at the western wall.
I was looking up at the wall and thought to myself that imagine one day, it won't be just a wall but instead an entire beit hamikdash.
I think it is most important for people to go on birthright so they can see all about Israel and all of the amazing aspects to it. Before birthright, people just know of Jerusalem and tel aviv but there is so much more to israel that you won't get to experience unless you go on birthright.
I chose the UJA Federation because they have helped many people in my life.
My hebrew name is yaakov.
Yaakov comes from the root word ekev which means ankle.
This is because when jacob and esav where being birthed, jacob wanted to be the first born so he grabbed onto esavs ankle on the way out.
I was named this because it is my grandfathers name.
I put it on in my home.
I put it on all by myself. When I was bar mitsvahed my rabbi taught me how to do it.
Putting on teffillin to me, means that you are accepting the commandment that god gave to us that we recite every time we say "Shema"
I invited some friends from college. My mother served some middle eastern appatizers followed by the main course which consisted of chicken & potatoes, Green Hamid (Syrain dish), Rice & peas, Dry rubbed roast, and various vegetables. It felt nice to host a shabbat meal and to have others join in on such a sacred event. I would most definitely do it again. The most enjoyable part was seeing my friends all eating, talking, laughing and then wanting to do it again.
I invited some friends from college.
My mother served some middle eastern appatizers followed by the main course which consisted of chicken & potatoes, Green Hamid (Syrain dish), Rice & peas, Dry rubbed roast, and various vegetables.
It felt nice to host a shabbat meal and to have others join in on such a sacred event.
I would most definitely do it again.
The most enjoyable part was seeing my friends all eating, talking, laughing and then wanting to do it again.
I ordered from Hunan in brooklyn NY
I went to Reserve Cut.
I ordered a burger.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend
I was 13 years old.
I spoke to my family about how thankful I was for them being there for me and raising me to be the person I am.
I then read the beginning of the parsha Shemot. Shemot is about how the sons of jacob all moved to egypt and then later on they were all enslaved by a new pharaoh. Then moses was born and grew up in pharaoh's house. He then fled to be a shepherd for his father in law. Later he saw the "burning bush" and god spoke to him and told him that he plans on taking "his people" out of egypt.
I loved my bar mitsvah because it made me feel like I was officially part of the jewish nation. (Because jewish men are only counted once they are above bar mitsvah age)
I joined the synagogue "Shaare Zion"in Brooklyn NY.
I decided to join because it is the closest synagogue in my area and many people have referred me to this one.
This Synagogue was amazing because it had daily prayer services around the clock. They try to accommodate for everyone from the Early bird to the night owls. It also felt very traditional and authentic to its roots from Aleppo, Syria.
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At The Maimonides Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers with a choice of over 100 locations nationwide. The program meets 1x a week for 10 weeks and includes an exciting Shabbaton Weekend Retreat. The weekly meetings include FREE food, along with dynamic discussion on HOT topics relating to Israel and Judaism. Upon completion, Fellowship participants typically receive $300-$500 CASH or a FREE/Highly subsidized trip!
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