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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 varying dialects, is because we are taught to question everything. Even though our foundations are quite literally set into stone, being Jewish means something different to everyone. There is not just one Jewish identity, there are many. From secular Israelis, to cultural Jewish-Americans, to the ultra-orthodox Haredi community in Europe, to many Russians who have only just learned of their Jewish heritage, we are all bound by...
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October 31, 2013
by Johannah Truppin, volunteering on Kibbutz Kishoret through ITrack
 
With the arrival of my now 10-day-old niece, I have been thinking a lot about names and their meanings recently.
 
According to trusty Google Translate - a life saver for me here in Israel - the direct translation of “Kishorit” from Hebrew to English is “Spindle”.  And a quick Google search (believe it or not, this blog is not sponsored by Google; other search engines are available…) tells me that the Oxford dictionary defines a spindle as “a rod or pin serving as an axis… on which something revolves.”
 
At first, “Spindle” seemed merely to be a random choice of name for this kibbutz...  You know, something chosen because it sounded nice, or after the name of the...
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