I voted for Avodah. Although I am not a Socialist Democrat (meaning my beliefs are not that far to the left), I really liked what Kineret had to say about this party. She talked about equal rights and equal pay in the workplace for women and think that is a highly important issue that too often gets pushed to the side. Also, the party leader is a woman and that would be a refreshing change for the state of Israel. Another point was improving the lives of the middle class, which is very important. I believe a strong upper middle class is the best way to go. Catering only to the rich, which is a very minuscule population, is unjust and unrealistic. Lastly, keeping the peace talks going is extremely crucial. Israelis deserve to live in place where they don't have to fear their and their loved ones' safety. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home.
This article discusses the major contributions that Israeli scientists have made to the field of nanotechnology. This is very important to not only the world, but to me as well. I am a double major in Biology and International Relations and I plan to pursue some type of research at some point in my life. As a science lover, seeing growth in the field of nanotechnology is very exciting. Nanotechnology is an up-and-coming phenomenon that can truly make a difference in medicine and curing patients. It has the potential to truly revolutionize drug delivery, gene therapy, and diagnostics. It is a dream of mine to work on research dedicated to creating vaccines and medicines. My mom worked on the HPV vaccine created by Merck, and her team was actually the group that discovered it. I would like to follow in her footsteps and make an amazing contribution like that to the world.
The fact that Israel is making these types of contributions to science makes me so proud. To see that my second home is just as capable and advanced as other world powers like the United States is quite amazing. I love Israel with all my heart and seeing that they are contributing to my favorite subject is just beyond exciting. I already knew that Israel was incredible, but this article increased my respect and adoration for this country even more.
I chose Way #7: The True Charisma. The main theme of this article was the idea of humility. I live my life with this philosophy. I make it a priority not to brag or seem cocky when I achieve some source of success. I feel awkward talking about my achievements and I resent those who rub their success in other people's faces. Also, this passage from the article really spoke to me. "Humility means 'living with the reality that nothing matters except doing the right thing.' The humble person is totally dedicated to the pursuit of truth. And because his self-esteem is not dependent on approval from others, he can choose the right thing even when it's not popular or politically correct." There's two things I love about that statement. Number one, the idea that one does not need the approval from others is really important to me. I make sure that I don't make decisions on behalf of other people's opinions. I do what makes me feel good and what makes me feel comfortable. I try everything in my power not to give in to peer pressure or trying to conform. Number two, the idea of choosing to do the right thing even when it's an unpopular choice is also very crucial to me. If I see a bunch of people picking on a kid who can't stand up for him/herself, I will go defend that person. Even if it means having to face a group of people who are against my actions. What's right is right and you can't deny yourself the action of doing the right thing just for the sake of other people's judgements towards you.
I chose to do the first option and join the webinar with Barbara Weinstein. I connected to a lot of things that had to say. First off, she pointed how community-based Judaism is. She mentioned that we don't pray alone, and almost all of our holidays and celebrations are meant to be social. I never really of it in that perspective before. I think human contact is so important and especially in today's society with all of the dependence on technology, I feel that human contact is slowly crumbling. Instead of talking face-to-face, people prefer to text. Every time time a see a group of teenagers together, almost every single one of them is on their phones and not socializing. So that my religion embodies community and social interaction just makes me very proud and hopeful for the future.
Also, what Barbara had to say about the amount of American homes who struggle with hunger really spoke to me. I had no idea that many Americans dealt with this issue. Seeing that this problem is so prevalent in the states is not only shocking but unnerving. It makes me want to take action and help the cause.
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AboutThe 100 Point Challenge is an opportunity for returning Taglit-Birthright participants to TRY a variety of Jewish activities, find those activities that they LOVE and want to continue to LIVE. Bring Israel Home participants can choose to complete any Jewish activity that speaks to them to earn 100 points. 50% or more of the American participants in a participating Taglit-Birthright bus must earn 100 points on the Bring Israel Home website within three months after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to earn a Bring Israel Home reunion. The Bring Israel Home 100 Point Challenge is divided into two milestones. Participants must earn 50 points within the first month of returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience to qualify for the following milestone. After achieving the first milestone, participants have two months to earn their final 50 points of Jewish activity. The milestones are clearly outlines below:MilestonesMilestone 1: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 50 points of Jewish activity in the first month after returning from their Taglit-Birthright experience. Milestone 2: 50% of a Taglit-Birthright bus must complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the two months after achieving Milestone 1. Travel Stipends*:
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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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