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.
 

GAZA, THE NEGEV, AND…AUSTRALIA?

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By Eric Feldman, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 

Hey, I’ve certainly been keeping busy over the past few weeks but I’ll hone in on this most recent week since a lot has been going on recently.

 

This week was the Fall Tiyul (trip/hike) that my yeshiva took down south to the Negev, and it was great. We stayed over for two nights in a beautiful Bedoin tent place with awesome food and amazing star gazing opportunities right outside. 

 

Mechinat Yeud

Mechinat Yeud

Program: 

In The Heart of the Holy Land

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The Rabbinical School of Hebrew Union College requires a year of study in Israel in order to foster an intimate relationship with the land that bears our peoples’ name.
 
It is an interesting social experiment, a country run by Jews, built on Jewish values, with a people who are constantly in conflict.
 
 

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.
 

Mekusharim

Program Description

This program is conducted in Spanish.

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.
 

Challenges of a Reform Jew in Israel

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By Tina Hughes, Hebrew Union College
 
I went to Israel for my first year of Rabbinical School at HUC, Hebrew Union College.  
 
I had been to Israel before – three times – and thought that I knew what I was getting into.  
 
The year was not what I expected.