We are only one week into this new year, but we've got big expectations for 2017, and we're kind of impatient for it to be amazing... Lucky for us, the last few days have been pretty good:
1. We've made A LOT of new friends
2. Had our first ever LGBTQ Birthright Israel trip
3. Got off to a great start with a bit of sunrise yoga on Masada
4. Been absolutely "Wowed" by nature
5. Connected to our roots and spirituality
6. Eaten amazing falafel sandwiches. Seriously, it looks a bit messy, but they were so good they had to make the list.
7. Got masked and muddy at the Dead Sea
8. Experienced something totally different
9. Had one of the best nights out in Tel Aviv, the famous nightlife city
10. Visited Jerusalem... and many more amazing places in Israel!
Now do you see why the first week of 2017 has got us feeling so optimistic? If you want to come experience all the above and more in Israel this year, then make sure you Sign Up now for 2017 Priority Status
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
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!
1 packet dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
3 cups all-purpose flour
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
Tips Learnt From our Mistakes:
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
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
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