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    Visiting the Golan Heights

    Posted by Talia Hartman on 10.21.20
    Having class on a cliff with a miraculous sunset was unimaginable. I am incredibly blessed to have seen such an amazing view in the holy land. This moment connected me to the land on a deeper level. I hope that everyone gets to experience the feeling of security and happiness that I had that night.
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    This past week we went to the Golan Heights for a volunteer tiyul.

    Posted by Rina Isaac on 10.21.20
    As we were sitting there we were just watching the world go by. It felt as if I was the main character in the movie and I was able to live for myself. We sat there in silence for around 30 minutes and during that time I felt the most at peace I had ever felt before. I also felt a deep connection to the land and to Israel that I never had felt before. It felt as if I was breathing in the air of Israel, the breath of G-d.
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    Spending the High Holidays in Israel was such an incredible experience.

    Posted by Jordan Somers on 10.04.20
    Spending the High Holidays in Israel was such an incredible experience. I have always celebrated Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and Sukkot at home in the US, but I never really felt any connection to them. Usually, I go to synagogue for a couple of hours, think about the year ahead, but in the end, I would go home, and my day would go on just like any other regular day. These days that are supposed to be the holiest days of the year don't end up even feeling very special. I was looking forward to spending these holidays in Israel, but I didn't really know what to expect.
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    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    Back home, the Jewish holidays were much smaller and familial.

    Posted by Noam Benartzy on 10.02.20
    As I sit on this hammock, staring at my reflection in the computer screen, writing this blog, I think back to all the memories I made over the past few days during the holiday celebrations here in Hod HaSharon.
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    I experienced something that not many people have: I spent the holidays in Israel during a pandemic.

    Posted by Talia Hartman on 10.02.20
    This life changing experience I had, walking in the middle of the street with the Hod Hasharon community made me feel so special. My Yom Kippur was the most meaningful it has ever been and inspired me to start new traditions similar to this one when I return home.
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    I have to say it was probably one of the most spiritual experiences of my life.

    Posted by Madeline Lemchen on 10.02.20
    We have been in isolation for the past couple weeks and as frustrating as this situation is, it’s honestly been going fine. I’ve made so many more friends and created so many memories over the past couple days. People I never thought of talking to are having lunch with me everyday. It’s crazy how much can happen in such a short amount of time.
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    I now have a higher respect and appreciation for the Chagim.

    Posted by Maya Malka on 10.02.20
    Yom Kippur is, personally, one of my favorite Chagim. Despite not eating, drinking or using electronics the entire day, I find it a very rejuvenating Chag. You take a break from all of the activities that keep us busy through the days, months and years and focus on today and reflect on what you did in the past year. Back home my family would get together and play board games throughout the day and overall spend quality time together. That is one thing I missed a lot this year.
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    My experience of the holidays was completely different than what I’m used to at home.

    Posted by Eden Haik on 10.02.20
    My experience of the holidays was completely different than what I’m used to at home. I got to spend it with my friends instead of my family. We got to participate in prayers and sessions which made it very meaningful. I got to meet so many new people that I already have so much in common with. In addition, we all fasted together which made it easier, they gave me support to continue fasting and get distracted throughout the day.
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    I will remember this past Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur forever.

    Posted by Max Youssefnia on 10.02.20
    This past Jewish Holiday was definitely a very memorable experience. I will remember this past Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur forever. For starters, it was my first High Holiday in Israel. I had an experience on the night on the back half of Yom Kippur that was one of the most meaningful experiences I have felt in my life. There’s not really too many words to describe it besides ‘life’.
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    Since the beginning of the Chagim, I have had countless amazing and memorable moments...

    Posted by Shana Rindler on 10.02.20
    Since the beginning of the Chagim, I have had countless amazing and memorable moments, from celebrating Rosh Hashanah and partying with my new family, to sitting in a small group and sharing thoughts more intimately. This was my first time spending the Holidays in Israel and I think it made a major difference in my experience.
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    I have had so many amazing experiences here in Israel.

    Posted by Michael Ben-Dayan on 10.02.20
    I have had so many amazing experiences here in Israel. I am so grateful to be here in the holy land especially during the chagim. The fast on Yom Kippur has always been meaningful to me, but this year it was like never before.
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    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    The past two weeks have been amazing; a true whirlwind of feelings of friendship, family, community, and a connection to G-d.

    Posted by Samuel Courtney on 10.02.20
    Hey blog gang, its great to be back with you! The past two weeks have been amazing; a true whirlwind of feelings of friendship, family, community, and a connection to G-d. Over the past two weeks, the entire AMHSI student body has been, and is still being, bounded to the campus as there is currently a lockdown in Israel. During this period the holidays, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, have come and gone while we have all been on campus, and it has been an experience I have never gone through in my life.
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    As I reflect upon the chagim spent on campus, I recall a meaningful and loving experience.

    Posted by Ally Chesal on 10.02.20
    As I reflect upon the chagim spent on campus, I recall a meaningful and loving experience. During Rosh Hashana I spent time recognizing hurt I've felt in the past, and how I can let go of the power it once held over me. Being here for Rosh Hashanah was different than the past, but it was very nice and I am very pleased with my time here. I feel like I have grown a little as a person and feel happy with the place I am at mentally at this moment.
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    A memorable moment from the chagim this year was learning in depth about them.

    Posted by Daniella Ohayon on 10.02.20
    A memorable moment from the chagim this year was learning in depth about them. My family isn't very religious at home so we usually don't do much for the chagim. Most years we go to family friends and celebrate with them and then go to synagogue. This year though I was with all new people and everyone had very different experiences with the chagim.
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    This Yom Kippur has been unlike any other.

    Posted by Rina Isaac on 10.02.20
    This Yom Kippur has been unlike any other. I have been able to connect to the holiday and understand what Yom Kippur is really about, rather than other years where I was most excited for the break fast. I think other people felt this way as well.
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    I can't believe it's been over a month since I've arrived in Israel.

    Posted by Kaela Krigel on 10.02.20
    I’ve been really impressed with the teachers and the classes so far. I can talk with any of my teachers and ask questions. They are helpful and very knowledgeable. My favorite class is the Israeli Studies class. I’ve learned so much already about my culture and heritage. I like that the teachers don’t have a specific agenda, but they are just trying to teach us and they are doing a really good job. Many of my friends at home in Seattle are having a hard time because their school is all online and there is little interaction.
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    Yom Kippur has ended, and I am feeling fresh and reset.

    Posted by Meital Perlin on 10.01.20
    Yom Kippur has ended, and I am feeling fresh and reset. Almost every year, I get this feeling of relief, but something about this year was exceptional. Despite the sadness of being without my family on such a special day, I feel I had a deeper reflection this year than ever before. Being without my parents gave me the space to think deeply about my past year—experiences I've had and how they have shaped me to be a different person.
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    Stephen Muss (Miami)

    The chagim are sources of great happiness and help us as Jews to reflect on how we are each the continuation of the story of a great people.

    Posted by Leah Brodkey on 10.01.20
    Jewish holidays are central to the Jewish identity’s of many non-religious Jews. The chagim are times of shared laughter among family in my house and those of many diaspora Jews. I am not going to lie, being over 7,000 miles from home during days I normally dedicate to my family has been difficult. Regardless of how extremely fun Rosh Hashanah was I inevitably missed my mom’s brisket (best in the world, for the record) and playing pranks on my older cousin. Regardless of where I am, I love using the holidays as time to reflect on the year: both on the people I am grateful for and the things I want to do moving forward.
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    I can say with confidence that I will remember that Yom Kippur for the rest of my life.

    Posted by Olivia Westlin on 10.01.20
    On Yom Kippur night the surprise activity was a walk through the streets (in the boundary of course). Except for because it was Yom Kippur no one was using their cars, so the usually very busy streets of Hod Hasharon were empty. Not a single car in sight. Everyone was either walking, praying, or riding their bikes, scooters, etc with family, friends, and even pets.
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    Spending the High Holidays in Israel is something I will never forget.

    Posted by Sydney Somers on 10.01.20
    Spending the High Holidays in Israel is something I will never forget. I loved being surrounded by a whole country full of people who celebrate the same holidays as me. The Madrichim gave us such an amazing opportunity to be able to hear about different ways Israelis celebrate Yom Kippur. During the High Holidays we had just enough programming to keep us engaged, but also had enough alone time to be able to reflect on the past, the present, and the future. We learned more about the reason behind why we fast, and dug deep into the story of Jonah.
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