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Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens
Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens

The Soapbox

If two Jews have three opinions, what about a few hundred Gap Year students and teachers? Gather round for ideas, thoughts and Israel experiences.

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The Paradigm Shift

Fair warning: My first example won’t be good.

Sometimes teaching is hard, because some types of learning are hard. There are deep foundational ideas that can be heard, and even understood, but not integrated well into a person’s identity. Some bigger ideas need to be digested over time and experience. Teachers who want their students to achieve a deeper functional understanding of certain ideas may seek shortcuts. But they will probably not find them. Understanding an idea does not quickly create the full paradigm shift in thinking, no matter how deeply desired that outcome.

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Fail to the Chief?

“Is he/she good for Israel/the Jews?” It's probably the question most frequently asked by my students about any particular non-Israeli politician. I’m not surprised. Having grown up in the American Jewish community, I am very familiar with this pass/fail litmus test. A foreign leader is either good or bad for Israel.

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Let's Fix This

Are you finding that your conversations and newsfeeds are clogged by partisan miscommunication? Are people yelling past each other instead of talking to each other? 

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Who Knew World Peace was as Easy as some... Nail Polish?

by Talia Kupferman
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Your movement? Your move!

How do you know when something is done?

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The 5 Stages of Middle East Grief

Why so noisy?

Is your newsfeed still buzzing? Mine is. A week after the UNSC Resolution 2334, the American abstention, and the Kerry speech, there is still plenty of freaking out to be seen. No matter where one is on the political spectrum, there is no shortage of emoting.

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Whatever happened to Religious Zionism?

Is a hotdog a sandwich? Is a bowl of chili a kind of soup? Odd questions, but not so easy to answer. Sometimes definitions are elusive, and you have to go back to fundamentals find them. I’d like to argue that one can be a Zionist who is religious, but that doesn’t automatically make them a religious Zionist.

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Emily Firestone's Boston University Op-Ed

To read the full article, PLEASE click this link! It will support Emily's effort to speak out on campus for Israel! Below is the article as it was published, but go to the BU website for the rest.

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"And what is Aleppo?"

 

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On my way to Campus: Core18 to CAMERA

 by Emily Firestone

I returned from my gap year in Israel in June. Ever since, I have been busy with various preparations for my next stage in life, college. Naturally as a pro-Israel advocate, leadership training is part of my summer. Earlier in the summer I attended AIPAC

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