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Posted January 28, 2013
By Galit Wernick, Nishmat Shana Ba'aretz   Three years ago, I was a person whose goals in life were material.    I wanted to go to a great college and then to a great law school.     I dreamt of becoming a criminal defense attorney so that, first and foremost, I could make a lot of money.     I believed that a family would just come along by itself.     When I arrived at the...
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Posted January 25, 2013
By Naomi Bilmes, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies   So, last night, I sat around a crackling fire with a group of religious people chanting incantations in ancient languages while passing around a hand-carved knife and letting the blood from our left pinkie fingers drip over the hot, scalding flames…   Okay, that was an exaggeration. But I think I have been initiated.   Type. Stop. Delete. Type. Dash dash...
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Posted January 24, 2013
Emily Kohuth, Conservative Yeshiva   Several months ago I opened a Rosh Hashanah e-card from a fellow former ulpan student.    She asked if I remembered her.    Really, how could I forget her; she was a four-and-a-half foot-tall ball of fire—a feisty, opinionated Latina grandmother.     On the surface we had little in common besides our low-level Hebrew course at Jerusalem’s Ulpan...
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Posted January 22, 2013
By Alisa Roberts, She'arim College of Jewish Studies for Women   I came to Israel to learn.    I was studying at She’arim College of Jewish Studies for Women, a small but highly recommended school.    I was living in the Jerusalem suburb of Har Nof, a town built into the hills on the edge of the very young Jerusalem forest.    I found myself in a dorm (an apartment rented by the...
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