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Throwback Thursday Mechina Edition

A little over a week ago, NFTY's general board arrived at the URJ Kutz Camp for five days of learning, praying, and growing. While the event might be over, it's time to throw it back to all of the incredible people and events that made the long weekend unforgettable. t

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Thank You for Being My Brother’s Keeper

The following is a transcript of a speech delivered during Saturday morning services by Zak Kadish, NFTY Ohio Valley Programming Vice President, at NFTY Mechina last week. 356 days ago, the lives of my brother Ethan Kadish, my family, and myself were changed forever by a freak weather incident, a bolt out of the blue. When my brother was struck by lightning, our entire world was shattered, replaced by an impermeable darkness and fear for the future.

Respect and Learning Central to Understanding Challenges in Israel

As we discuss our perspectives on this difficult topic, it is important that we remember the Talmudic lesson of Eruvin 13b. In response to a debate between the school of Hillel and that of Shamai, two great Rabbinic leaders, we are reminded that “elu v’elu divrei elohim chayim — These and these are the words of the Living God.”

Nitzavim & Vayelech: A D’var Torah

31 August 2013

This week’s torah portion is actually a double portion – we read both Nitzavim and Vayelech. This is partly because all of the Torah portions don’t fit in a lunar year (there are 54 torah portions and only 50 weeks in a lunar calendar), and partly because these two portions flow into each other almost seamlessly as the Torah begins to wrap up.

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NFTY-NO Summer Kallah 2013

#blogelul 9: Hear (#sumka13 guest bloggers)

28 August 2013

I spent some time this morning teaching a track on social media to a group of teens attending NFTY CANOe (Chicago and Northern regions) Summer Kallah (#sumka13). Part of our session was devoted to blogging...

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#BlogElul 3 Bless: That One Time at The Mall

10 August 2013

A memory from high school: My friend Michelle and I were at the mall (yes, some New Jersey stereotypes are true). We were just finishing lunch and we looked up at each other and said, “Hey! We should do Birkat Hamazon*!!” There are a couple of things that I find interesting about this memory–looking back at it with an adult rabbi lens.

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A New Year With a Great NFTY Staff

A New Year With a Great NFTY Staff

08 August 2013

The NFTY staff continues to amaze Subie Banaszynski, NFTY's Director, with their talent and skills. She explains that the regional NFTY staff is not only on the ground, they are youth professionals at the head of the table and so much more.

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On Spending the Summer in NFTY’s Urban Mitzvah Corps

07 August 2013

When I landed in New Jersey I knew no one, but once I arrived at the dorm I was greeted by the staff and other teens, and became friends with them instantly. The next day we were introduced to our job sites; we got to choose between four different sites for the session.

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NFTY-MAR: Understanding what NFTY taught me

31 July 2013

It’s difficult to put into words the impact of my experience with NFTY and DRTY. I could show you thousands of pictures of the best friends I made or the amazing youth-led events I attended across the country. At the end of my NFTY career, I shared those pictures and stories to anyone who would listen.

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