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    Teaching Layers of History

    Posted by Akiva Gersh on 07.17.20
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    My Muss-iversary

    Posted by Benjy Behrman on 06.26.20
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    Tikkun Olam Reflections from Reuven Spero

    Posted by AMHSI Israel Studies Teacher on 12.10.19
    One of my favorite stories of tikkun olam involves one of the greatest rabbis of the middle ages, Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg. Rabbi Meir lived in the area of Ashkenaz (Franco-Germany) during a dark period of persecutions during the 13th century. At last he found life as a Jew untenable there, and he uprooted his family to attempt the long and dangerous journey to the Land of Israel. He did not make it far. Rabbi Meir was recognized by an apostate Jew was traveling with a church official. Denounced and arrested, he was held in a formidable fortress.
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    Hanukkah and Heroism with Michael Sunshine

    Posted by AMHSI Israel Studies Teacher on 12.10.19
    The light from the Channukah candles serves to remind those who see it of the miracle that occurred during the 2nd Temple period when the Macabees fought and defeated the Seleucid Greek Empire. The smaller and weaker Macabee forces defeated the mighty and well-armed Seleucid soldiers. Upon entering the Beit Hamikdash/Temple in Jerusalem, the Jews cleaned up the Temple and attempted to reinstate the Temple service. They found only one cruse of oil to light the Menorah, enough for just one day. It would take 8 days to produce pure oil under the watch of the Kohen Gadol/High Priest. As the story continues, Gd performed a miracle and the single cruse of oil lasted for eight days.
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    Thanksgiving and Gratitude Reflections with Doni Kandel

    Posted by AMHSI Israel Studies Teacher on 12.10.19
    At the City of David, as I lead my students down a dark underground passageway through the streets of ancient Jerusalem, we often stop to marvel at the fact that the lessons of our forefathers are as relevant today as ever. One of the most important messages that can be taken away from this visit, one that is undoubtedly on all of our minds as November rolls around, is the importance of giving thanks.
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    Sukkot Reflections with Jacob Leibowitz

    Posted by AMHSI Israel Studies Teacher on 12.10.19
    About 2,500 years ago the leaders of the Jewish community stood in Jerusalem, waiting anxiously for Ezra the scribe to explain to them the words of the Torah. The Torah was complicated, long, and not every Jew had the ability to read. The result was confusion, a misunderstanding of Judaism, and an un-united Jewish community.
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    Rosh Hashanah Reflections from Lisa Biton

    Posted by AMHSI Israel Studies Teacher on 12.10.19
    As summer turns to fall and we prepare for the new school year at Alexander Muss High School in Israel, my mind always turns to lesson planning and my goals for the new year. One of the first questions I ask my students the very first day is: “Where should we begin our study of Jewish history?” Does Judaism start with creation? With Abraham? With Moses and the 10 commandments? All of these answers are valid. I choose to start my year with Abraham.
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    Exponential Growth and Answering the Needs of Jewish Teens

    Posted by AMHSI Staff on 03.06.19
    At AMHSI-JNF, they gain the knowledge, experience, and conviction to know who they are and where they come from. Our enrollment numbers reflect and prove this trend.
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    Remembering Elie Wiesel z”l, Honorary Chair at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel

    Posted by AMHSI Staff on 03.05.19
    Elie Wiesel taught “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.“
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    ROOTS Israel – Jewish teens explore Israel through service learning projects

    Posted by AMHSI Staff on 03.05.19
    Crafted in response to the growing communal needs for Jewish teen engagement, Israel advocacy and community service, on this journey, teens learn how the history of the land and its people served as a catalyst for Israel becoming a global leader in innovative environmental approaches, and how these approaches are rooted in the mission and values of Judaism.
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    Israel, it’s gotta be personal

    Posted by AMHSI Staff on 03.05.19
    Most of us would agree that education is a life-long process. It is a part of living a full life, and a continuous trajectory of exploration and revelation. My focus is a bit more specific: Israel Education. It’s the field that explores the story and ongoing history of Israel that can be heard beating in the hearts of our people.
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    Jewish Poland, REBORN

    Posted by AMHSI Staff on 03.05.19
    It is this horrific chapter of the Polish-Jewish experience that we most associate with, still fresh in our national psyche, still available are the first-hand accounts of survivors of the Holocaust, and still the ugliest side of humanity.
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    Imagine: We are all Israeli

    Posted by AMHSI Staff on 03.05.19
    When I was growing up in New York I had all kinds of neighbors, all kinds of friends. There was my Russian-American friend, my Italian-American, Chinese-American, Polish-American, Irish-American and Afro-American, friends. They knew who they were and from where their ancestors came.
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    The Next Generation & Continuous Revelation: Less Theory, More Experiential – as published in The Times of Israel, June 17, 2016

    Posted by AMHSI Staff on 06.15.16
    Transmission of Jewish continuity and Israel connectivity does not take place in the formal classroom setting on its own. Israel and Jewish education must include an experiential component; it is through experientialism that our children explore and discover meaning that they can connect to.
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