A Modern-Day Epic

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By Alex Cohen, Career Israel participant and intern at BOMAH 
 
I left Los Angeles for Israel on August 15. Nothing about that Thursday morning seemed extraordinary. The sun shined down on the golden coast as it does every other day.
 

Becoming a Bat Yam Local (Or Attempting To)

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Young Judaea Year Course participant Sam Reichstein writes about volunteering in Bat Yam.
 
On my Year Course journey, I’m amazed at how much my life, and myself, have changed so much in such a short amount of time.
 
I am an active Young Judean,  so going on Year Course has been engrained in my head ever since I was around eleven years old.
 

Balkan Beat Box Concert in Chicago: A Masa Alumna's Review

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by Rachel Gutman, Masa Israel Corps alumna
 
It wasn't until I lived in Israel as a Masa Israel Journey participant that I first learned any Israeli music. I hadn't been exposed to it before, I'm sad to say, but this was something my friends were determined to change.
 

Thanksgivukkah Reflections: Modah Ani | I’m Alive!

What to Answer When an Israeli Asks, “Are you Jewish?” - A Guide (to the Perplexed)

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By Jasmine Granas, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv - Jaffa 2013-2014 participant
 
"Are you Jewish?" As soon as as someone asks me, the exasperation starts to build in my stomach. Sometimes I just want to scream, ‘I don’t know! Stop asking me!’ Am I the only person in the world who doesn't have an immediate answer?
 

Feeling Jewish Again

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By Ben Ackerman, Tel Aviv University
 
This past week, I attended the General Assembly for Jewish Federations of North America held in Jerusalem. When the counselor from the administrative office at Tel Aviv University first asked me to go as a Masa representative, I had no idea what she was asking me to go to.
 

An Awesomely Awesome Adventure

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By Deryn Harbin, WUJS Israel Intern Tel Aviv
 
The Jewish spirit lives in human beings of many shapes and sizes across almost every continent. The very definition of what it means to be Jewish is pluralistic in nature. It is said that if you leave two Jews in a room to argue, there will be three different opinions.
 

What's in a Name?

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by Johannah Truppin, volunteering on Kibbutz Kishoret through ITrack
 
With the arrival of my now 10-day-old niece, I have been thinking a lot about names and their meanings recently.
 
According to trusty Google Translate - a life saver for me here in Israel - the direct translation of “Kishorit” from Hebrew to English is “Spindle”.
 

"Grace" - a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow's first day in the classroom

<div class="masa-blog-title">"Grace" - a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow's first day in the classroom</div>

 
I officially started teaching today. As my teaching partner, Brian was out of the country in order to attend a wedding in the States, I was by myself. I was worried that my students would have forgotten about me—seeing as I only visited them twice last month—but I had no reason to be worried as my students remembered me.
 

Yom Kippur Souls

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God made Adam out of clay, and clay we remain. Bodies are doughy and malleable, and every morning you wake a fresh, blank slab. You can’t quite remember exactly what you are, what you look like, how it feels to be you; so every day you change, slowly, subtly, until your original self is forgotten.