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10 weird things you would see in Israel

10 Weird Things You’ll Only See in Israel

1. Off-duty soldiers with weapons IDF soldiers get the occasional weekend off, and when they do, they're not allowed to just stash their M16s under their pillows. So what do they do? They take them to the beach, mall, park, or wherever else they may wish to go. 2. Bus stop libraries No return dates, no late fees, no angry librarians... The system is based 100% on trust and generosity. You borrow a book from the shelf, you return it. You've got a few spare books lying around at home? You put them on the shelf at your nearest bus stop library for the next person to enjoy. 3. "I'm Jewish, wanna check?" printed  men's underwear Well, you can't deny that the market is overflowing with potential customers... 4. Live chickens being swung over people's heads For anyone unfamiliar with the traditional kaparot ceremony done before Yom Kippur - this is as strange as it can get. The idea is that the chicken is supposed to be a "substitute" for the individual, and serve as
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January 6, 2017

Donut

Ziploc Sufganiyot – We Tried It

If you haven't seen it yet, where have you been? This is the Hanukkah hack from Jewlish that makes even the worst cook want to host a hanukkah party.  So what did we do? We took up the challenge and tried it, of course!! How did it go? We give it an 8/10, and that's good! Maybe it's just us, but we needed to play the video about 15 times to catch all the steps and ingredients, so here it is again, completely still - so you can stare at it for as long as you need to build up the courage to get started! Ingredients:  1 packet dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 egg 3 tablespoons sugar 1 cup warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons oil 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon brandy or cognac zest of 1 lemon Steps:     Tips Learnt From our Mistakes: Frying Don't launch them too enthusiastically into hot oil otherwise you end up burning yourself - lesson was learnt the hard way. Be generous with the oil. Once y
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December 27, 2016

Back of jeep

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Birthright Israel Trip

Remember that free t-shirt you won? Was it amazing? Probably not. It's sad but true, but the likelihood of anything "free" being awesome, or not involving some kind of hidden cost, is quite low. That's why Birthright Israel isn't "free". When you add up the return flights, accommodation, food, transport, sites and activities, the whole package comes to around $3000. Fortunately, you're not the one paying the bill! A few exceptionally generous philanthropists, together with the Israeli government, have made it possible for you to have an incredible $3000 travel experience without having to fit the bill. If you ask us, that's pretty amazing, and is definitely not something to be taken for granted. If it's free, how good can it be? While it is a free Birthright Israel trip after all, and doesn't cost you a dime, it's definitely not a "cheap" experience. The generosity of Birthright Israel's supporters has ensured an exceptionally high standard of trip, and in turn made it t
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September 8, 2016

Guy sitting with view in background

You’re not my type, but I love you anyways

I'm a Science guy, he's religious, she's a sorority girl, and they're into meditation. Could we be more different? We were 40 strangers about to share our space, our time, and our travel snacks for the next 10 days. It's understandable that I was nervous. I figured that all things going well, we'd get on just fine. The trip would be fun, and at the end we'd all go our separate ways and probably never see each other again. What I didn't expect was that this weird bunch of people would be the heart and soul of my trip. That when I'd look back on the experience, I'd say that above all the awesome things we did and saw, it's the people that were the real highlight for me. At first I thought we were just lucky, but then my trip counselor let me in on a little secret. "It's not just us, it's what Birthright Israel brings out in people." No matter where we're from, or what unique talents we might have, when we touch down in Israel, we're on equal ground. We're all experien
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August 12, 2016

Volunteering in Israel

The Impact of Volunteering on Birthright Israel

"Come to Israel for free! Do this, do that, get this, get that..." You know the drill. Yes, Birthright Israel trips are free, and that is amazing. However, the real key to a meaningful experience isn't what you get.   Woah, hold up. Are we about to release trade secrets? Probably.   Here it goes: It's about the people. It's about the connections you make. And this is twofold, on the one hand you connect with other American Jews, and on the other, you build a connection to Israel and its people. That's quite an achievement in 10 days if you ask me.   Now, the "connecting with other American Jews" part is easy, you already have 3 definite things in common. You all have some kind of Jewish connection, you're all of a similar age, and you're all up for an adventure. The connecting with Israelis part, takes a little more effort on our part, but that's why you travel with peer group soldiers, and why we organize volunteer activities.   You Get, You Give, You
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July 29, 2016

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