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In the Blink of an Eye

Almost three months ago, in late February, we returned from five days of snorkeling, biking, and relaxing at Kibbutz Ketura with a new realization: We had completed the first month of TRY. It felt surreal, as if our time was slipping away, but we knew...

Gaining New Perspectives

Betsalel and the rest of the staff have encouraged us to put our previously held views aside as we meet with different speakers over these few weeks. Listening to and interacting with these speakers is important to our gaining new perspectives, and perhaps also forming...

Feeling the Sadness and the Joy

Before celebrating Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in Israel this past week, I had never before truly felt pride in a country. These two days in Israel have really taught me what it means to be grateful for the...

Gadna: Bonding in Olive Green

This week TRY '17 ventured into the desert to experience Gadna, a 4-day simulation of being a soldier in the IDF. We experienced challenges, learned about the IDF, shot guns, and bonded with each other-all while donning the classic olive green uniform. The climax of our...

Jerusalem 2017: Loving This Complicated City

When I came here two months ago as a 10th grade student from California, I had no idea what to expect from Jerusalem. Fortunately, I fell in love with the city and felt at home instantly. The longer I have been here in Jerusalem, the...

The Pioneering Spirit

Even more fun than Passover break was reuniting with my TRY family afterwards. Returning to the group after not seeing everyone for a week made me realize how important this community is to me. I truly missed these incredible people, and it amazes me that...

Hear O’Israel

This morning we said the Shema in the Lublin yeshiva, and it was a joyous occasion. Just as students at the yeshiva would have said Shema twice daily, we too declared to the world, "HEAR O' ISRAEL. ADONAI IS OUR GOD, ADONAI IS ONE." And then,...

The Last Walk

"The Last Walk." That was what Betsalel kept calling it. It was a walk in Warsaw from the POLIN Museum where we had spent the afternoon, to the Umschlagplatz-a rainy, chilly walk most of us spent huddled together under umbrellas. It was a walk in Tykocin through...

Jerusalem Marathon: Running through the Holy City

On March 17, about 20 TRY students ran in the Jerusalem Marathon. Most did the 5k, but five students (and one madricha) ran the 10k. The 5k runners woke up early to get to their race on time. The 10k runners and everyone else woke...

Purim: A holiday to be happy and make others happy

This week was jam-packed with fun, but nothing was quite like Purim. We arrived back at the Chava from a host Shabbat on Sunday morning, and enjoyed a couple golden hours of free time. We got into our costumes, which ranged from the classic bed-sheet toga...