Cultivating a Fear of Gd

March 20, 2016

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This past Shabbat was Parshat Zachor (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) – the Shabbat where we read about Amalek’s attempt to exterminate us and, in turn, the response and revenge that we should enact. The Haftara from Parshat Zachor comes from I Samuel 15:2-34. Here is a section from 15:3 – עַתָּה לֵךְ וְהִכִּיתָה אֶת עֲמָלֵק וְהַחֲרַמְתֶּם אֶת […]

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Can I forgive?

October 1, 2014

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“To not forgive would be an unbearable breach of the unity of creation.” – Jay Litvin It seems as though this is the time to talk about doing teshuva, returning, asking for forgiveness. I feel as though since I arrived in Israel, a day has not passed by without talking about forgiveness. As Daniel Roth […]

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It All Started With the Priest on the Plane

May 2, 2014

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It was about three weeks ago that my mom was flying to visit me in Israel. Another blog about that to follow, hopefully soon. She flew from Miami to Tel Aviv, through Rome. She highly recommends this flight because you get to Rome in the morning, have breakfast, fly to Tel Aviv and land in […]

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More Than Four Faces of Israel | Part 4

April 10, 2014

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A few weeks ago, an actress came to Pardes to do a kind of skit, stereotyping Four Faces of Israel, or four different people that one will inevitably encounter in Israel. She portrayed the narratives of a Haredi woman, a settler, a kibbutznik and an Arab woman. Somehow, every experience that I have, everyone that I […]

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Mishe Nichnas Adar, Marbim B’Simcha

March 3, 2014

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When the month of Adar arrives, increase in joy! Pardes did just that — with a celebratory breakfast.

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More Than Four Faces of Israel | Part 3

February 26, 2014

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A few weeks ago, an actress came to Pardes to do a kind of skit, stereotyping Four Faces of Israel, or four different people that one will inevitably encounter in Israel. She portrayed the narratives of a Haredi woman, a settler, a kibbutznik and an Arab woman. Somehow, every experience that I have, everyone that I […]

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Am I Any Different?

January 26, 2014

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I traveled to Bethlehem with my Jewish roommate on a program called Encounter. I also wrote about it here and here. While waiting in line to take pictures in front of the tree, we saw a Palestinian friend that we had met earlier in the day. “Aliya! (name has been changed)” I screamed, “Hey!” She […]

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