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Published : May 16, 2012
This past Shabbat Pardes had a tiyul and Shabbaton to the Galil. Prior to the tiyul, while briefly skimming the itinerary, I imagined that this Shabbaton would be the same as every Shabbaton I have been on since middle school. Hike, daven, eat, daven, eat, eat, daven.
Though I was excited, I certainly did not expect anything extraordinary.  In retrospect, suggesting that the weekend surpassed all of my expectations would be an egregious understatement.
What made this Shabbaton so unique was not its itinerary; on paper it indeed looked like any other itinerary. What made it so meaningful, however, was the way that each program offered a sense of both seriousness and...
Published : May 15, 2012
By Sarah Padway, Career Israel
The week following Yom HaShoah, we celebrated two of the most opposite holidays back to back, Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).
We began on Tuesday with a tour of Yad Vashem andMt.Herzlwith Career Israel. This was my first time visiting Yad Vashem, and it was an experience. Even the layout of the museum pays tribute to victims. The museum is laid out so that it is impossible to go straight through, because, like in the Holocaust, there was no easy way out.
The most moving exhibit that I went through was the Children’s Memorial. It is completely dark, except 5 candles that are reflected off of thousands of mirrors, so it seems like hundreds of candles, representing the children...

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