Exploring Community Far Away from Home

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By Jillian Hoenig, Shaalvim for Women
 
Does our unity make us a community, or does our being a community unite us?
 
What does it mean to be a community?
 
To be a state?
 
To be a nation?
 
What connection do we have with one another? 
 
 My friend Ariel and I were in Sanhedria looking to hail a cab.
 

Rejuvenated Jewish Pride

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By Rachel Manoucheri, Bnos Chava
 
I have been an Orthodox Jew my entire life. 
 
I studied in the most prestigious religious institutions of Los Angeles, and spent last year at the Masa Israel-accredited Bnos Chava, an academically rigorous seminary in Jerusalem.  
 
During my free time, I toured the streets of Jerusalem, and began to comprehend the identity of each Jewish sect.
 

An Encounter with the Kabbalist

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By Jordana Skurka, Hebrew University 

 

I sat apprehensively with my palm held up to a microscope, under the watchful gaze of the Kabbalist, a religious mystic and spiritual guide. Before privately meeting one-on-one with the holy man, I and the other visitors had been informed of his uniquely powerful insight.

 

 

Defining Growth

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By Orah Gidanian, Me'ohr Baeis Yaakov
 
My goal when deciding to spend the year in an institute in Israel was the classic one- I wanted to grow. 
 
I wanted to mature and expand myself from experiences that I would not be privy to otherwise. 
 
Except I don’t think I truly knew or understood what the word meant or what it was I meant when saying “I want to grow”. 
 

Giving Back

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By Yiriel Liss, Yeshivat Lev HaTorah
 
Rabbi Mordechai Machlis is one of the greatest examples of a ba’al chessed, someone who does good deeds. 
 
He exemplifies this in the way that he lives his life, not for his own needs, but for the needs of everyone around him. He and his family open up their modest home every Shabbat, and host hundreds of people for meals.
 

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Shpeils and Schnapps: A Pre-Purim Discussion on the custom of drinking, with the Pardes Institute

Shpeils and Schnapps: A Pre-Purim Discussion on the custom of drinking, with the Pardes Institute

February 12, 2013 - 19:30

Coffee Bean and Tea LeafNew York, NY  - 

Join Pardes' Yaffa Epstein for coffee and a discussion on "Pour me another" - The famous tale of the Murderous Purim Seudah (Festive meal). 
 Pick up coffee upstairs and join us downstairs for pastries! All Masa Israel alumni are invited but space is limited to 35 people. RSVP here.

Where I’m Supposed to be

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By Israel Katz, Yeshivat Lev HaTorah
 
We were standing on a hill, looking down at the Valley of Elah, and my Rabbi started telling us the story of the battle between David and Goliath as if we were suppose to relate to it somehow. 
 
Then he pointed down and said “The valley down there, that’s where David and Goliath fought.” 
 
All of a sudden I realized the uniqueness of Israel.
 

Masa Israel Participant Max Gottlieb: Being In Israel Brought Me Back To Music

<div class="masa-blog-title">Masa Israel Participant Max Gottlieb: Being In Israel Brought Me Back To Music</div>

Max Gottlieb is an aspiring singer-guitarist-songwriter from Philadelphia. In eighth grade he started playing music, and realised that he wanted to do it for the rest of his life. When it came time to come to Israel on a Masa program, Max thought he would be taking a break from his guitar – but that’s not what happened…
 
So, what made you decide to come to Israel?
 
In my last year of school, I was totally set on going straight to university and studying music.