I voted for Meretz because they are a progressive party that supports a two-state solution and equality for all.
Having had to wear a back brace for 3 and a half years and then getting a spinal fusion because of scoliosis, advancements in medicine are something that are extremely important to me. If there is some new invention that can help other kids with scoliosis in the future I think that it is worth investing in. Scoliosis is common enough that companies can make a huge profit off of new technology while helping people at the same time. Many Israeli technology and medical companies seem to agree. The first invention on the list in this article is to help people with scoliosis through a new fusion technique. Also, the cold plasma incision binding invention also speaks to me because I have a scar running the entire length of my back with three layers of stitches that the doctors also put glue on top of (which came off after a week). The plasma would have been a much easier thing to use after my surgery. There are plenty of other inventions on the list that will benefit plenty of people who have some sort of medical condition. I can empathize with others who have had to go through huge medical ordeals that have taken years to fix because I went through one myself. I can tell that Israel is trying to help to vastly improve people's lives, which is very important to me. http://israel21c.org/health/the-top-12-most-amazing-israeli-medical-advances/
I asked Amanda my questions.
1) I'm going old school on this one and saying Moses. Leading us out of slavery, getting the Torah, pretty important stuff.
2) I missed the day y'all went to Tzfat, so I'll have to look to Wikipedia for this one. Seems like a lot of prominent rabbis went there after the Jews were expelled from Spain
3) I would say the traditions vary on some levels, but the major concepts and practices are the same. But I haven't been to many Jewish communities around the world. Have you?
4) I doubt they consider American Jews 'bad,' however as we learned from our Israeli friends their Judaism is so tied into their identity as Israelis, that many Israelis don't understand what it's like to be Jewish in America.
5) I LOVE BAGELS!!!! They were brought to America by Polish Jews and became popularized when Mr. Lender invented the pre-sliced frozen variety
6) It's probably not realistic for every college to offer Hebrew major, but it would be great if more colleges at least offered Hebrew courses. Mizzou doesn't and it is a big turn off for potential Jewish students.
7) 0 per year. We do have some courses on Judaism, the Hebrew bible, and Israeli Film though!
8) I think things are changing and it will be interesting to see what happens! I learned a lot from Yonatan that I didn't know about Orthodox Judaism in Israel.
9) They do recognize gay marriages performed in countries
10) I think I'll have to go back and travel by myself to really discover my favorite place, but from our trip I loved the Dead Sea and the Kibbutz we stayed in up north.
The way that speaks the most to me is Way #21, which is Laughter is a Serious Business because I am someone who enjoys comedy but also making people laugh. I think that Jewish comedians are great to watch such as Mel Brooks and Woody Allen but I think that if you can joke around with your friends you will become more respected. But you can’t insult people with your jokes because then you will lose connections and people will respect you less. People get great joy out of comedy routines. Comedians such as Louis C.K. put on stand-up comedy shows because people will pay a lot of money to laugh a little. Laughter can make you feel better by releasing hormones that improve your mood. After watching a comedy movie, you feel much better because you just laughed for an hour and a half. If there is a stressful or tense moment, a good joke will help to relieve it because everyone will try to laugh it off. For example, when someone dies or something bad happens to them, people have a tendency to laugh to try to relieve the awkward tension. This helps to keep us sane but can also make us seem like bad people for laughing at someone’s misfortune.
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