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Apr 25, 2015 - Words over time

Wednesday 22nd - Today I woke up feeling very tired. So to get rid of this feeling I decided to take a shower as that's what usually wakes me up. I quickly got ready and went to the elevator that Max and Alex held for me. Once we were down we went straight to the room where the hotel served us dinner yesterday night, only this time we would have breakfast. Today's breakfast was amazing as not only was the food great in quality, there were also breakfast deserts which made this nice meal even better. I must admit that the yogurt parfait with...

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Apr 25, 2015 - Shabbat ends

Finally being able to go to Israel opened my eyes to so many opportunities. My aunt moved to Jerusalem from LA in her twenties and I finally had the chance to understand why. This country is so beautiful and it has ignited the spark I had in me before into a flame that will forever burn and inspire me for the rest of my life. My Jewish identity is the most important thing to me and I have so much to learn. Something I love about Israel is the feeling of community that I don't get enough at home. I feel so proud to be Jewish and able to be...

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Apr 25, 2015 - Last day

Thursday April 23rd At Ben Yehuda me and a few friends were getting coffee at a shop. We started talking to a man behind us because he noticed we were American. Turns out he's from New York. My friend asked him why he moved to Israel? He said, "America is comfortable, but Israel is home." That's how I've felt throughout this whole trip. Walking around Israel instantly puts a smile on my face and brings me happiness. Last time I was in Israel I didn't know when I was coming back. This time, I know I'm coming back in three months for a gap...

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Apr 25, 2015 - A survivors story

Hi everybody. I am trying to summarize our week in Poland and the transition to Israel. My name is Manya wallenfels and I am from San Diego. My husband Mike and I are both holocaust survivors. Last year, my husband and I attended the March of the Living. Although my husband is not with me on this march, this is my second time with the MOL group. The trip to Poland was very difficult and sad for everyone, especially for me, to return to the place where I was born and where so much devastation and destruction happened to the Jewish people....

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Apr 25, 2015 - Reflections

I am sitting here reflecting as my trip comes to an end. Majdanek was the visit that is burned in my mind. The conditions people had to go through were astonishing. It was like what I saw in my history books but the feeling of being there was so much different and unexplainable. All I can say is I am very fortunate to be born 18 years ago and not then, my heart goes out to everyone who perished and their loved ones. This trip has completely altered my perspective of judasIsm never have I felt so proudly for being a Jew. Eli T

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Apr 22, 2015 - Tel aviv

Today is Wednesday, the 22nd of April. Yesterday we spent all day at the Dead Sea and hiked to the top of Masada. I am still so amazed by the beauty and power of the Dead Sea. I am in love with all the minerals that the earth has provided for us there. The earth and Mother Nature gave us the Dead Sea to soak in and enjoy. I spent hours rubbing mud on my skin and soaking in the salty waters. I eventually made my way out to the not so shallow waters and floated alone for a little while, as my thoughts wandered. I couldn't stop thinking about...

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Apr 21, 2015 - Masada

In my interview with Day Star news network, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts about having a grandmother who is a Holocaust survivor, the Shoah as a whole, and the impact of practicing fundamental Jewish principles. My interview followed my grandmother's interview where she shared her story. It was very powerful to hear her story through a lens, as opposed to the numerous times I heard the story in person throughout my childhood. It was as if I could temporarily separate myself from my profoundly deep relationship with my...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Ein Gedi, Israel

Today was more than a change of scenery. As we sat in our closing circle in Poland, we discussed how strong an imprint the week had made upon us and how anxious we were for Israel. Although we had the luxury of traveling on a double decker plane, no one could enjoy the full experience as everyone was out cold with a 2:30 A.M. flight. Arriving in Israel put smiles and sweat on our faces. With an early pit stop at a lookout over Israel we saw the true beauty of our week to come. The highlight of the trip was just a few hours ago as we...

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Sep 14, 2014 - Mission Accomplished

Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky was a chess whiz, the champion of his native Donetsk at age 15. He used those skills to pass the time in his Siberian gulag prison, playing chess games against himself in his mind. He and his wife Avital applied for permits to exit the Soviet Union and emigrate to Israel soon after their marriage. The permission was granted… but only to Avital….and only on condition that she leave within 24 hours. With his insistence, she did. The man known to us today as Natan Sharansky was a founder of the Refusenik...

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Sep 13, 2014 - Shabbat Shalom - Lady Gaga is here!

Big news in Israel: Lady Gaga arrived yesterday in advance of her sold out concert tonight. Tony Bennet is here in concert tomorrow night. And the Klezmatics are here next week to complete the trifecta. The fancy individual cappuccino machine in the breakfast room at the hotel was covered this morning. It’s Shabbat. If you want a fancy individual cappuccino you’ll need to go to Tel Aviv today. You’ll need to walk, mind you, as there is no public transit. It’s Shabbat. And it’s so nice and so quiet on the streets of Jerusalem. Today we left...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Wall to Wall

The Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem is busy on Fridays, jam packed wall to wall. In particular, jam packed with the women and men who wear clothes that are waaay too hot for this climate and therefore emit a certain eau de body (if you catch their drift). They are all busy shopping for Shabbat; begging for Shabbat; putting on tefillin for Shabbat; and just generally causing a nuisance and getting in my way, cause this morning I’m on a mission from my tummy. I want chocolate rugelach from Marzipan and I do not want it to be all gone...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Soul by Soul

Today was Zionism day. Each stop along the way, the Missionaries were treated to a reminder of what Theodore Herzl’s original dream was and how it is being lived and modified on a daily basis in the very real dream (and sometimes nightmare) world that is Israel. We started with a session on Zionism led by Rabbi Joel Levy. Joel is the head of the Conservative Yeshiva housed at the Fuchsberg Centre. Joel is originally from Cardiff, Wales and made Aliyah 22 years ago. His accent is lilting and simply lovely to listen to. Well, I “pretend”...

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