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Posted November 29, 2013
By Sarah Pollack, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.   Grateful I am before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.   These are the first words that leave our lips in the morning – while still laying in bed. I opened my eyes, in a latke...
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Posted November 27, 2013
By Jasmine Granas, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv - Jaffa 2013-2014 participant   "Are you Jewish?" As soon as as someone asks me, the exasperation starts to build in my stomach. Sometimes I just want to scream, ‘I don’t know! Stop asking me!’ Am I the only person in the world who doesn't have an immediate answer? To most people it may seem like a simple, black and white question with a simple, black and white...
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Posted November 18, 2013
By Ben Ackerman, Tel Aviv University   This past week, I attended the General Assembly for Jewish Federations of North America held in Jerusalem. When the counselor from the administrative office at Tel Aviv University first asked me to go as a Masa representative, I had no idea what she was asking me to go to. I just figured that whatever it was, it’d be a fun, free six days in Jerusalem. I agreed to go with no expectations or...
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Posted November 18, 2013
By Deryn Harbin, WUJS Israel Intern Tel Aviv   The Jewish spirit lives in human beings of many shapes and sizes across almost every continent. The very definition of what it means to be Jewish is pluralistic in nature. It is said that if you leave two Jews in a room to argue, there will be three different opinions. The reason the Jewish race has survived through so many centuries, through exile and extermination, diaspora and...
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