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The three days I felt most “Israeli” were August 20, 2013, Yom Ha’Atzmaut 2014 and March 17, 2015. August 20, 2013 was the day that my family and I landed here as olim. Yom Ha’Atzmaut 2014 was our first independence day in Israel. And, just recently, March 17, 2015 was my first chance to vote in Israel's national elections for the Knesset.+ READ MORE
On Thursday, March 5, I woke up feeling unusually festive, and drove to the Israeli Consulate in downtown Chicago to exercise my right to vote for the twentieth Knesset of the State of Israel.+ READ MORE
Ever since I entered the field of Jewish education, I have been struggling to find the right words to explain it. To my friends and family at home, I have entered confusing territory. Education, they understand. But Jewish Education? Israel Education? It’s harder to visualize.+ READ MORE
The period leading up to the elections in Israel (March 17, 2015) will occur between Chanukah and shortly after Purim. I cannot help thinking about the symbolism in this juxtaposition. The story of Chanukah together with the celebratory songs composed in Israel so speak to the story of the creation of the State.+ READ MORE
Dr. Zohar Raviv, International VP of Education for Taglit-Birthright Israel, challenges us to think about and understand the many landscapes of Israel and Israel education in this latest ELI talks.
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Getting within earshot of a group of people during a vacation in Costa Rica, wondering who they are and where they are from, a huge smile and feeling of home comes over me as I recognize they are speaking Hebrew. I know them, but have never met them before. So what is it that makes me feel that we share something?+ READ MORE
Recently, I came upon a video showing non-Jewish people trying “Jewish food” for the first time. Inevitably, aside from matzo ball soup, the food elicited general reactions of disgust and “yuckiness” - chopped liver, gefilte fish and so on.+ READ MORE
Most people know that the phrase “Festival of Lights” refers to Chanukkah, but it took a special experience in Jerusalem’s central bus station for me to really grasp the meaning. In December 2013, I was at a food court when a man several feet away said ezra b’vakasha, which means “help, please” in Hebrew. I looked over and saw that he was blind and needed assistance at an ATM.+ READ MORE
On Tuesday, November 18, terrorists attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood, brutally murdering five men and injuring others. Shalom Orzach reflects on the timeless lessons in the wake of this shocking and devastating event.+ READ MORE