I read Let There Be Water by Seth M. Siegel, which was about the innovations in Israel to combat the water scarcity problem. I was impressed during Birthright about the various inventions but reading this book reinforced the creativity of the Israeli people. From recycling sewage water to desalinization, it is truly amazing to see what people can achieve when they put their mind to something.
The name of the Torah portion of the week is Tetzaveh. It includes the initiation of Aaron and the four sons and that G-d tells Moses that children will give him oil to keep the flame going in the menorah. In addition, it goes into detail about the priest's attire. A lesson I learned is to continue to give out our love and support to keep the flame within others alive.
I read Arava Open Day Agricultural Exhibition 2018 (http://www.jpost.com/GreenIsrael/Arava-Open-Day-Agricultural-Exhibition-2018-540828). This article is about the exhibition that showcases the technology and the food in Arava. It is fascinating to see how Isrealis have adapted to utilize the farmland to its greatest potential.
I visited the Jewish Museum in New York City after I got back from my birthright trip. I learned about the variety of women's fashion among the ages. I also explored the topic of Jewish cultures amongst various countries. This visit was important to me to reemphasize the amazing diversity under the umbrella Jewish identity.
I always love food so Rosh Hashana is always a fun holiday for me. Starting the Jewish new year with a bit of honey sweetness on an apple is the best! It is wonderful that each course or food item means something about the new year.
My Hebrew name is Aliza which means joy. My parents named me that so that I would have a life full or happiness and also bring joy into my environment.
About 12 of us met for dinner and then continued the night with karaoke. It was so wonderful to see each other after the trip and to know that we can still be friends without the birthright bubble.
We got together for a shabbat dinner! What a better way to spend shabbat then with your friends from birthright!
My most meaningful moment was at the Western Wall. It was so powerful to be there the night in Shabbat and feel everyone's spirit. I have never felt so welcomed in a community. I think it is important for everyone to experience this just once in their life.
I got my friends together for their first shabbat meal! While I didn't have fancy candles, we used these to symbolize the start of shabbat!
My Birthright friends and I got together for a Shabbat Dinner. With all these candles, everyone got a chance to light one. The candles are the start of shabbat and start the period of reflection.
My friends and I came together for a Shabbat dinner. We decided to put an italian twist and make some fresh pasta! It was great to spend the night together and enjoy our hard work.
I liked Masa because it offers wonderful opportunities for young adults!
About 10 or so of us got together for a shabbat dinner! It was so great to see everyone in New York. It was also great that we could still be friends after the trip was over.
I donated part of my deposit back to birthright. It is an amazing experience and it is simply wonderful that this opportunity is available for some many people. I hope this donation helps make this opportunity available for many more people to come.
TalkSpace was started in New York by an Israeli couple. This company offers psychotherapy online. I have heard commercials for this company on one of my favorite podcasts and didn't realize it was started by Israelis! I think this company's mission is great way to create access for many people struggling with their mental heath.
I downloaded the OneTable app. I am going to a shabbat dinner hosted by someone from my birthright! Thank you to OneTable for funding our dinner next week!
Asher Aud was chosen to live at the Chelmno each camp but his mother and brother, unfortunately, were not chosen to live. He reunited with his brother at Auschwitz and made it through the camp. Now he has a big family and is proud to be Jewish. His story is a testimony of pure human strength and the will to live. His story is a reminder of how we should never treat another living soul and how we should cherish the lives we have.
I weirdly was craving falafel after my trip so I decided to make some from scratch!! Not the same as in Israel but at least I tried.
OneTable is helping me and my birthright friends throw our first post-birthright Shabbat!!
Made challah with my friend!! It was her first time making challah and we decided to go fancy with the braid. Turned out delicious and will definitely make again!!!
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