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Posted May 29, 2012
By Andrew Lustig, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies   I came to Israel – to the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies – 10 months ago, so that I could study and become familiar with Jewish text. I wanted very much to live a ‘Jewish life.’ I just didn’t know what that entailed or meant.   Judaism, for me, has been like a dance. It wasn’t so much fun when I didn’t know the steps....
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Posted May 22, 2012
  By Toby Davine, Eco-Israel   Here I am at the Hava v’Adam ecological farm outside of Modi’in, Israel. I went into this experience with no expectations. I had my reservations and wasn’t sure that being on a farm in Israel for five months was the best use of my time.   Silly me, there is no better place for me to be right now than right here. I am totally in love with this place. I wake up in the...
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Posted May 22, 2012
  By Miriam Wasser, B'Tzedek LIFE   Okay, confession time: I’m a little addicted to timed writing exercises. I use them to warm up before writing, in order to get ideas and inspiration flowing. But I also do them because when you write for ten minutes straight—no stopping—the good stuff starts to come out. Through these exercises you can obtain a level of honesty that only happens when you’re forced...
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Posted May 21, 2012
  By Rachel Smith, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa Coexistence Track   As part of my year on Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, I am learning in BINA’s secular yeshiva. A secular yeshiva. What does that even mean?   Answering that needs a bit of history first. The whole idea of BINA and the question of Jewish pluralism in Israel more broadly goes back to the Status Quo, which in Israel refers to the specific political...
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