Masa Israel Journey Blog

Published : May 29, 2012
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. There was very little spiritual fulfillment. It was frustrating and confusing.
But as I started to learn the steps I started to lose myself in the rhythm. The movements took on meaning. And that has led to very special experiences and insights. 
Part of this learning process is and has been happening through Torah study, in many of its very...
Published : 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 morning excited to start a new day, get my hands dirty, and spend quality time with a group of people I only met two weeks ago who already feel like close friends...

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