Author: Maya

י״א באדר ה׳תשע״ז (March 9, 2017) The Echoes of Masada

Climbing Masada and seeing the sunrise over the mountains during our hike was pretty special, but it paled in comparison to the echoes we heard in response to our shouting later in the day. Nearing the end of the trip, we approached a walkway overlooking a...

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ד׳ באדר ה׳תשע״ז (March 2, 2017) The Flame Within Us

I want to begin by saying that this class is unlike any class I've ever taken in my fourteen years at Jewish Private School. Its called the Israel Core Course, a class where we are taught about the Jewish Prophets, our lineage and history, but...

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כ״ד בשבט ה׳תשע״ז (February 20, 2017) At The Kotel

Our arms linked together, our hands squeezing each other's tight, and with tears welling up in our eyes, we gazed at the Kotel for the first time since our arrival in Israel two weeks earlier. My friend, whom I had only known for two weeks, had...

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י״ז בשבט ה׳תשע״ז (February 13, 2017) Super Bowl Hashkama Minyan

The difficult part about watching the Super Bowl in Israel is that it's played at 1:30 in the morning here, but I wasn't going to let that stop my annual tradition of watching the Big Game. Around 15 of us, including one madrich (counselor), woke...

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י״ז בשבט ה׳תשע״ז (February 13, 2017) A Prayer in the Desert

Only two days after arriving in Israel from halfway across the world, we departed from our new home at the Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem on the first tiyul of the semester, to an insignificant dot in the Negev desert-a town called Be'erotayim, with a...

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כ״ג באייר ה׳תשע״ו (May 31, 2016) Finishing TRY, Finding a Family

As we each finished our final exams one by one, the tension in the dorms started to dissipate. We all want to go home, but no one wants to leave. As one person said, "If our families could come live in Israel, it would be...

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י״א באייר ה׳תשע״ו (May 19, 2016) Feeling like an Israeli on Yom Hazikaron

Mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces is a very strange concept to a modern American teen. The idea that everyone -- regardless of interests, athleticism, and gender -- enters into the army after graduating high school is something hard to grasp. The notion of...

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ב׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ו (May 10, 2016) Tel Aviv’s Modern Mix

This past Tuesday for our ICC tiyul (field trip) we went to Tel Aviv. We went first to Nachlat Binyamin, the artists market of Tel Aviv. Later, we had a scavenger hunt in the surrounding area, which included Shenkin Street Rothschild Boulevard. Nachlat Binyamin was...

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