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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Determining My Responsibilities

With only two weeks remaining on my journey in Israel, I’m starting to think about what this experience will mean when I return home. My thoughts and feelings have changed in ways that I could never have imagined. But, I’m struggling to figure out how my time at the Arava Institute should shape my interactions … Continue reading »

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History: Shaped by Politics, Shaping Lives

After lighting the candles for the first night of Hannukah, the Rabbi at the Arava Institute shared the history of the holiday. He began speaking about what I grew up learning: how the Maccabees successfully fought off the Greeks and protected their ability to practice Judaism, and the miracle of oil that was supposed to … Continue reading »

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