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May 27, 2011


When Daniel Rothman traveled to Israel with Birthright, he did not expect that four years later he would be returning for five months in pursuit of networking opportunities.  Back then, he had recently finished his degree at Brown University in Cognitive Neuroscience where he created a “smart” alarm clock that woke users during the right stage of sleep so they would wake up feeling better.
He came to Israel thinking he would just have a fun 10 day adventure but at the cemetery of the Kinneret Daniel heard a David Ben-Gurion quote, which stayed with him long after he returned to the US: “I came to this country to transform the land and by doing so, I will transform my soul.”
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May 25, 2011
By Yonni at Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Staying at Hebrew University means your home away from home could be on one of three campuses in Jerusalem:
  1. Mt. Scopus (Har Ha’tzofim)
  2. Givat Ram, and
  3. Hadassah Ein Karem.
So what’s the difference?
Mt. Scopus is located on the border between East and West Jerusalem and is known as the humanities campus. Givat Ram, which houses the engineering and sciences is located near the Knesset and is about a 30-40 minute walk to downtown. Hadassah is the medical campus and located above the village of Ein Karem which is about a 20 minute drive out of the city.
Which dorms are the best for you?...
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May 23, 2011


By Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
About a month ago my Talmud class did an exercise where we shared our reasons for studying Gemora. Everyone had their own reasons, and my list came up to a total of 21 reasons as wide ranging as “intellectual challenge” and “to have a sense of the Rabbinic world” or “to find myself a teacher” – but the top of that list was empowerment.
As an adult who first seriously encountered this quintessential Jewish book one-on-one only a few months ago, building skills in Jewish text study was one of my major goals when I came to learn at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies this fall. I wanted to know how to access sources, make sense of them in relation to each other and answer how it is that the Jewish world we live in came to be the way that it is....
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