Masa Israel Journey Blog

November 07, 2007
By Josh Blatman, OTZMA
Israelis talk about Israel as though the only good parts about it are Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  That makes for some legitimate tourist congestion, but it’s also not entirely accurate.  Jerusalem is obviously very religious, and heavily historic; while Tel Aviv is a bustling international center of consumerism in the Middle East.  Living in Be'er Sheva, however, has made me realize this city has a feel all its own.
Be’er Sheva is located in the northern-most area of the Negev, Israel’s desert. There is no doubt these other cities have culture sights worth seeing and experiencing, but after living in Be'er Sheva for the last six weeks (with four more to go), I’ve seen and experienced some neat things you probably wouldn’t find anywhere else in Israel. ...
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November 01, 2007
By Erin Kopelow
Through the combination of business, creative and educational exposure at the PresenTense Institute for Creative Judaism and the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, Matt Bar's Bible Rap Project has the potential to become an educational enterprise in Hebrew school classrooms around the world. 
“I ain't heard a sound from your side just silence / my hands are the paw of a bear or a lions who is this you send for to face my violence /how you gonna send a boy to do a man's job with a sling and some stones like I'm nothing but a dog.”
These are words from King David: “I am Goliath!” -- one piece of Matt Bar’s rap collection in a venture entitled The Bible Rap Project. What started as a personal...
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September 02, 2007
By Erin Kopelow
Nativ director Yossi Garr is standing atop a picnic table. In front of him congregate the record 104 Nativ participants (2 more will be joining the following week), who have just graduated high school and have come to study and volunteer in Israel for one year.
Yossi has dragged his heavy eyed participants, who landed in Israel only a few hours ago, off their buses in order to assemble here by the road that leads to Jerusalem. Although the participants are tired, they are obviously excited and as they stretch their legs conversations begin to ripple though the crowd emitting an energetic hum.
Yossi has stopped at this particular location for a reason. In front of us, he explains, lies  Jerusalem. Behind us Tel Aviv.  To our right is the Castel, a Crusader fort which saw...
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