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Category: Israel

What I’ve Come Away With

The more I learn about the Middle East,  my image of what I want to do in regards to the region becomes less clear because matters are so deeply complex. It was necessary for me to examine my relationship to Israel as well as Jewish and Palestinian history, to best assess my place in the

Israel: What I’ve enjoyed!

My three previous posts expressed socio-political aspects I have been contemplating. However, I would like to dedicate this post to convey what I am thankful to have experienced: I have thoroughly enjoyed the food. Tel Aviv has the largest vegan population per capita. It is both empowering and eyeopening, (mouthopening?), to experience such delicious vegan

Thought to Action

My concerns about Tel Aviv have proven true thus far. However, I have reconsidered my concerns, (mentioned in my first blog post), through a new lens: David Ben-Gurion’s vision of a secular Jew. Of course, this ‘vision’ has many implications in itself, many of which I cannot delve into here. But, with the intention of linking

Reinvigorated Learning

I’ve sincerely enjoyed my time here so far. It is particularly satisfying for me to be out of school yet still immersed in such intensive learning. Particularly with language. But more so, due to Israel’s incessant need to create a sense of continuity which justifies its establishment, her history is preserved and expressed at every

Pre-Departure Post

While I am extremely excited and grateful to endure my upcoming study abroad experience I have concerns about my choice to study in Tel Aviv as opposed to Jerusalem or an Arab country for that matter. I am tentative about my choice, first and foremost, because I am apprehensive if I will be able to immerse

Goodbye to Israel

Having extended my stay here in Israel, I must say it is bittersweet having to leave. I haven’t seen my family or friends for a long time, so it is exciting to be able to see them, but I have also made so many friends and much family here so it is sad that I

Child of Israel

Memorial Day was a day to remember all the lives lost protecting Israel so its people may live happily and freely. It was truly saddening to hear the stories of friends or family members that died while fighting in the army. Everyone wants peace, no one wants to send their young off to war. This

Remarkable Jerusalem

Today we visited Jerusalem and it was truly an amazing experience, we walked the same steps that Jesus walked when he was resurrected, we saw where the 12 Apostles had The Last Supper.  We stared mesmerized by the tomb where Jesus was laid, and although I’m personally not religious its incredible to realize just how

When East meets West

On a flight to Turkey I sat beside a woman, her hair covered by cloth yet face exposed.  As she sat in my row, her friend passed by and the two grabbed hands and giggled in excitement. The seat free beside me she turned and spoke a language unheard by my ears, fluent and without

Trying New Things

Hey guys, checking in again. This weekend we traveled to the south of Israel to go on a hiking trip. Now, hiking and outdoorsy things in general are not really on my list of activities I enjoy, but based on the simple economic laws of supply and demand I decided why not sign up; when