When I learned about Yitzhak Rabin in Jewish day school, his story seemed so simple. He worked to create peace in Israel, yet some crazy Jewish guy killed him because he didn’t think exchanging a small piece of land was worth it for peace. Simple, right?
Looking back on Rabin’s life and assassination through Yahel has shown me that his legacy is far from simple. In a learning session, we looked at flyers created for Rabin Memorial Day in various years since his death. How did people’s perceptions of Rabin and his legacy change over time? What themes did people focus on throughout the years as they remembered his life and death? This exercise made me realize that Rabin’s legacy is complex. Some people think his work ultimately set the stage for the next 20 years of tension and violence. Others believe if Rabin had lived to finish what he started, the situation today would be vastly different. … More Rabin’s Legacy 20 Years Later
Greetings from the bustling Israeli metropolis of Lod! This city will be my home for the next nine months as I take part in the Yahel Social Change program.
Why Lod and what’s this city all about?
Lod is one of many biblical cities in Israel. It’s mentioned multiple times in the Old Testament, it’s the hometown of roman soldier-turned-martyr St. George, 7th century capital of the Muslim military district, Crusader town, Ottoman industrial hotspot and a city called “Lydda” as part of the British Mandate in Palestine. It’s almost impossible to find a city in Israel that is not made up of layers upon layers of history, and Lod is certainly a prime example.
Unfortunately, Lod’s present does not reflect its rich history. Lod is the kind of city that most Israelis stay clear of.
When I was visiting the Israeli consulate to get my visa, the security guard told me, “be careful, that’s a rough place,” upon finding out I would be working in Lod. … More Life in Lod: Challenges and Change
In this week’s parshah, Bo, we learn about the struggles of the Israelites attempting to leave Egypt as a community. Moses insisted that “with our youth and with our elders we will go, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our cattle we will go” (Ex. 10:9). We realize that … More Reflections on Parshat Bo
This post was written by a Doni Kaye, a participant on the Repair the World Onward Israel Service-learning Program in Be’er Sheva. The group members are encountering social change initiatives in the Negev region and receiving training to be leaders when they return to their campuses in the fall. Doni is volunteering with Earth’s Promise. … More Urban Agriculture: The Promise of Plenty and the Menace of Maintenance
In June, 2013, 15 college students from Hillel of Greater Philadelphia came to Netivot on an alternative break program with Yahel. They came to volunteer and learn together with Israelis in the community. The students stayed with families in Netivot and volunteered with several different local organizations. Below, Kelilah Miller, one of the staff members, shares her … More Reflections on Service-Learning, Greater Philadelphia Hillel in Netivot