Kriyat Habonim Blog

An Insight Into The Life Of A Madrich

Looking back on Machaneh, after the reunion, it became clear the direction that I as a Madrich wanted the movement to go e.g. knowing what the movement offers; such as the ability to make ones inner self feel truly comfortable within its surroundings. I witnessed this...

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Being a Jew in a Christian country, at Christmas.

November has begun. Having attended a multi-faith school for 7 years, I know that this means, the start of the countdown to Christmas for my non-Jewish friends. As a traditional Jew, it always felt a little strange; my friends chatted and buzzed about what presents...

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Rabin’s Legacy: Peace or Democracy?

Rabin’s Legacy: Peace or Democracy? One of the single most meaningful, inspiring and all round positive memories I have from my Shnat year in Israel is attending the annual Rabin memorial rally in Kikar Rabin, Tel-Aviv. The energy in that square was electric, the sea...

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Abraham – A Common Ancestor

This week's parsha is Lech Lecha. This is a story about Abraham and Sarah travelling to Egypt and back to Canaan.The main theme of the story is Abraham's loyalty to God. After acquiring wealth in Egypt and saving his nephew from kidnap, Abraham returns to Canaan and...

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Parshat Noach

Parshat Noach - By Noah Bickler Shabbat Shalom Chaverim! This weeks parsha follows the story of Noah. It is not the tale of and the epic life of a north Leeds Jew nor does it feature Russell Crowe and Emma Watson. Instead it tells the tale of the only righteous man in...

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And So We Begin Again

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim! This week’s parsha is Bereishit, “and in the beginning”, and is the first parsha in the Torah. A lot happens in this parsha (it’s pretty long) but in a nutshell this is what happens: G‑d creates the world in six days. On the first day He...

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The End of an Era – How the Torah ends

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim! This week’s parsha in V’Zot HaBeracha, “and this is the blessing”, and is the final parsha in the Torah. This parsha recounts the blessings that Moses gave to each of the twelve tribes of Israel before his death. This echoes Jacob's...

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Moses – The Leader and Singer

  Parshat Ha’azinu – Deuteronomy 32 This week’s parsha is Ha’azinu (“Listen In”); the penultimate parsha in the Torah consisting of a 70-line song delivered by Moses on the last day of his life. Following his song Moses ascends Mount Nebo to see the Land of Canaan for...

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Rosh Hashanah Reflections

Year after year, at some point during the last week of December, I sit down with a notepad and a pen and write down around five, usually self-orientated, New Year’s resolutions. Year after year, at some point during the first week of January, I lose my notepad, I...

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