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2: Shalom, Someone once said "a day that my neshama isn't growing is a day that I didn't live." Being in seminary gives me many opportunities to exercise my neshama throughout the day. I have the opportunity to help a family in need of an extra hand twice a week, I also have an everyday opportunity to constantly lend out my possessions. In class we learned that Hashem gives us the chance to live again because he knows that we can grow that day and exercise our full potential. I thank you for allowing me to exercise my neshama to it's fullest here in Jerusalem.
4: In class we were asked which one of the Avot that we have the most in common with. This is my answer: Out of all of the Avot, I think that I am the most like YitzchakAveinu. Yitzchak and I are very similar in the way that we are both constantly have internal dialogues with ourselves. I try to serve hashem to the best of my ability at all times but sometimes it is areal struggle to do so. One example is waking up in the morning to daven. Especially in the winter time when it is especially hard to get up. I always tell myself that if I get up now and daven then I would feel proud of myself for the rest of the day.
5: Another tough thing that I struggle with is guarding my tongue. This is really hard to do especially when I have really good gossip about someone. I hold myself back because I ask myself "what good will come out of this?" The answer is always no good so I stop myself. I always try to think before I act and this helps me commit less sins everyday. I have these internal dialogues with myself almost everyday and I find them very helpful. In this way, I see myself connected to Yitzchak Aveinu. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn in the holy land. Thank you also for enabling me to exercise the Torah I learned throughout the day in my daily affairs.
7: Thank you so much for this amazing experience and opportunity. I really felt that this trip couldn’t have been more successful. I really enjoyed spending time with the girls in the Midrasha. They are the most amazing and inspirational people I have ever met. Their dedication is inspiring. I can only learn and grow from them. -Lauren
8: To whom this may concern, It’s a shame that I don’t know who exactly I am sending this letter of gratitude to, but the fact that you are unfamiliar to me does not change the amount of thanks I must express towards you. Thank you for investing in my Israel experience. Thank you for investing in my Judaism. Thank you for investing in me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn Torah in the most beautiful land in the world; in the land that gave me more clarity than I have ever had before. Thank you for allowing me to learn Torah- clear, pure, honest, and beautiful Torah- for over 30 hours each week. Thank you for allowing me to attend a seminary in the heart of Jerusalem, where walking to and from the shuk or the Central Bus Station is no big deal. A seminary that showed me the truth and beauty in Torah as well as showed me what’s truly important in life.
9: Thank you for enabling me to visit the Kotel multiple times a week, so I could develop a connection to the site where our two Batei Mikdash once stood, and feel what it really feels like to long for the building of the third Beis Hamikdash. Thank you for giving me the experience of being Oleh La’Regel on Shavuot along with thousands upon thousands of Jews, as well as hear Birkat Kohanim louder than ever before on Succot. Most of all, thank you for enabling me to figure out what I wish to accomplish in life; to help others find the truth and beauty in Judaism and to get them the opportunity to go to Eretz Yisrael as I did. Because of you, I realized Kiruv is my passion, and that it is what I wish to do for the rest of my life. Any person that I am Mikarev, any person that becomes a prouder Jew due to my efforts, that merit will be yours. So thank you for changing my life, and thank you for enabling me to change others’ lives as well. Bari Bnot Torah Institute/Sharfman’s 2010-2011
10: This past July I had the amazing opportunity to go on July in Jerusalem. This program inspired me to continue growing and to be proud of my Judaism. They took us all around the land of Israel from which I developed an immense connection to my home land. We went to the site where David and Goliath fought. We went to the Kotel tunnel tours. We even went to the Arab Quarter. All of these different sites made me realize how special the land of Israel is and how everyone wants a piece. Now I appreciate Israel for what it has offer. I had the chance to see for myself how Judaism can play a major role in a religious family's lifestyle. From this program I learned that practicing Judaism can be fun. Our Rabbis would spontaneously break out in song and dance and celebrating the fact that we were here in Israel. We had many kumzits and learned new songs. What helped me the most was seeing two religious families in action. I was able to see how the Torah can be the center of a household. I aspire to raise my family this way because I know how things should be done. I also had the
11: opportunity to meet different people who came from all different walks of life and becoming inspired from their stories. I had the chance to see an 18 year old guy from our group buy his first pair of tefillin and his first kippah here in Israel. This was so inspiring for me because it showed how badly he wanted something and he went out and did it. He inspired me to go ahead and do as many mitzvah as I can possibly handle because that is what life is all about. I had the opportunity to ask all of my questions in a weekly "Ask the Rabbi" session. I was blessed with the chance to learn with a chavrusa and talk to her on any topic my heart desired. With my chavruta we learned mussar which is ways to improve yourself. We learned that some people achieve their place in heaven in an hour and some in a lifetime. The reason for this is because overcoming evil is a much harder test than to stay away from evil. Overall this program made me a better person and changed my attitude on how I view Judaism.
12: Thank you very much for all the financial support you have given me throughout my years at HANC. Being there has broadened my knowledge of Judaism, my understanding of all of the customs and laws and most importantly my appreciation of my Judaism and the Torah. I really appreciate all that you have done for me, I hope that I can continue to please you and further my Judaic education. With much thanks, Jason
13: I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for encouraging me to send Ariella and Natalie on the TJJ trip. As you know, they had both been in Israel the last 2 summers, and I was planning on them staying home and working this summer. I mean, what else could they possibly see/experience? Well, let me tell you, the phone calls I get are filled with non-stop chatter about people they have met, the events they have been to, the friends they are making, the Shabbatim, and even the places they have seen...believe it or not, they have gone to new places with TJJ and some of the places they have already been to are seen through a different view with TJJ. Their love and knowledge of Israel continues to grow (especially Ariella's) and I am grateful to you and NCSY for that. Warm Regards, Esther
14: I would like to thank you so much for providing us with this amazing opportunity and for making this trip possible. My life will never be the same after seeing and experiencing the country of Israel. I can hardly wait to come back and continue to grow and learn from these amazing people! Sincerely, Aviva
18: I really would like to sincerely thank you for this amazing experience. I really did not believe that such a short trip could have such an impact on my life! Everything that I have learned here will surely remain with me forever. I now hope to continue learning about and inspiring Jewish life all over the world! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! -Tamar
19: I really don’t know the proper way to express my appreciation to you for putting in so much effort to make my trip possible. It was so clear that the experience greatly impacted everyone involved no matter whom they were or where they were from. I think that this was one of the most amazing aspects of this trip. We really formed meaningful relationships in a short amount of time. Going to Israel has taught me so much about Jews, about Torah, about my friends and most importantly about myself. Thank you for empowering me! -Shoshana