Watching Israel From Inside The Yeshiva

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I am watching the world through a glass wall. That’s how it feels to be in yeshiva, happy to be studying Judaism, but growing increasingly angry at the fact that I have no time for anything else. A year ago I left home to travel, and not tied to anything or anyplace, in particular, I […]

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Herzl Camp Partners For Israeli Internships

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In a booming economy, our college-age staff have many exciting opportunities that compete with a summer at camp. While we know the value of the hands-on management and leadership skills that a camp counselor job provides, it is hard to compare with glamorous and often well-paid corporate experiences that are frequently now designed as recruiting tools […]

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With Election Now Over, Ilhan Omar Voices BDS Support

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In August, now Rep.-Elect Ilhan Omar told a crowd of more than 1,000 people that the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement was “counteractive” because it wasn’t “helpful in getting a two-state solution.” Now, less than a week after Omar’s election to Congress representing Minnesota’s Fifth District, Omar is explicitly stating her position as a BDS […]

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An Open Letter To Rep.-Elect Ilhan Omar

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Dear Ilhan Omar, Hi. My name is Sarah. I’m an American-Israeli raised on Yiddish lullabies, because my Mom was the last scion of our shtetl and she would tell me stories of a world eaten alive first by pogroms, then by Nazis. I’m an American Israeli raised by Grandparents who were told on their honeymoon […]

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Israeli-American Basketball Legend Tal Brody Coming To Minneapolis

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When Tal Brody was an All-American and the University of Illinois, he went on to be the 12th pick of the NBA draft. But in 1965, he was looking at $12,500 per year, rather than the guaranteed millions of today. So after graduate school, he moved to Israel and became a sporting legend. Brody, born […]

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Experiencing The Women Of The Wall

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JERUSALEM – “Are your tefillin plastic?” they said, gathering around in a horde of black and white to poke, and prod, and laugh. “Do you wear tefillin on Shabbat? Of course, you do!” the older Haredi Jews yelled in Hebrew. “Reform are not real Jews, you break all the Torah.” “You should do teshuva,” the […]

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Getting A First Hand Look At Israel, Palestinian Territories

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In mid-June, 25 students from the University of Minnesota traveled with Minnesota Hillel to Israel and the Palestinian Territories in search of a better understanding of one of the most controversial places in the world – and, as of the last few years, topics on campus. The goal of the trip was simple: Understand what […]

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