Masa Israel Journey Blog

April 14, 2010
By a Masa Israel participant studying at the University of Haifa
 
I never thought I could love one place so much.
 
I can't even fully explain what it is like living here. I know it. I feel it. It’s pleasant like fine sand between my fingers, but when I try to describe it, it slips through my hand.
 
It's because each grain of sand is like a memory. Each moment like a miniscule rock is so small that it would be impossible to describe them all. They are the mundane things, like walking to class every morning, watching the different people get on the bus as I ride to Mercaz Carmel. Every successful transaction in Hebrew, every failure to communicate, every night watching the lights of the city glitter in the haze, every fresh rain-washed morning. Each one is small and precious, together making up the...
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March 28, 2010
As you read the Haggadah on your Kindle, think about the 10 plagues you should avoid this Passover:
 
  1. Water turning to blood, or when the balance in your bank account drops from seriously depressing to EMPTY
     
  2. Frogs, or the desperately awkward singles you seem to meet at every party you go to
     
  3. Gnats and lice, or everyone (and their mother, including yours) who asks you what you’re doing with your life
     
  4. Flies, or the 10,000 resumes sitting on top of yours in the pile
     
  5. Livestock Disease, or definitely not a good thing to come down with when you don’t have health insurance
     
  6. Boils, …well...
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March 17, 2010
By Lizzy Feldman, Young Judaea Year Course
 
Growing up in Young Judaea, a Zionist Youth Movement, there was never a doubt in my mind that I would go on a gap year program in Israel. When the time came, I applied to Young Judaea’s Year Course, and that is how I am currently spending my year in Israel. However, I was unaware of Masa’s involvement in my year apart from it being a sort of umbrella organization, and receiving a free backpack from them.
 
So when my program was told of a Masa event that we could attend, most of us were a little hesitant to pay 25 shekels for a concert sponsored by something we knew so little about. But last night, February 26th, I and about 50 of my friends boarded a bus headed for Yaffa for the workshop. I don’t think any of us where prepared for what we experienced.
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