Shavuot Thinking: Challenges in Chinuch

By Dena Schwartz A major current challenge with chinuch in Bnei Akiva is the fact that Jewish education in schools is becoming more informal. While a creative, innovative and more informal educational style is arguably the best route for Jewish education, this has become too similar to what we do at BA. It means thatContinue reading “Shavuot Thinking: Challenges in Chinuch”

Between Manchester and Jerusalem: A Crisis of Identity

By Aaron Seitler The air is warm. Streets, crammed with tourists and schoolchildren, are thick with rich sounds and smells. The waft of pizza; excited shouts and laughter. After the flurry of activity accompanying President Trump’s visit to the Western Wall yesterday, the Old City of Jerusalem is once again in a state of keenContinue reading “Between Manchester and Jerusalem: A Crisis of Identity”

Celebrating in the wrong places: On Mizrachi’s Yom Yerushalayim trip

By Kobi Weiner This year marks the Yovel, the 50th anniversary, of the Israeli victory in the 6 Day War and the Reunification of Jerusalem. There is no doubt that this is a time to honour the memory of a war which, had we lost, would have mean the annihilation of Israel but instead weContinue reading “Celebrating in the wrong places: On Mizrachi’s Yom Yerushalayim trip”

What does it mean to be a Zionist?

By Adam Shasha As the “Zionism 301” series draws to close and I reflect upon the articles published I thought I would join the conversation with the above question. A few years ago, Bnei Akiva brought over Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel as a guest speaker. In one of his discussions he attempted to answer the aboveContinue reading “What does it mean to be a Zionist?”

Zionism 301: Herzl and the Belzer Rebbe

By Hannah Cowen, Shevet Na’aleh When the Belzer Rebbe was escaping the Holocaust, the rescue committee insisted that he be issued travel certificates for Eretz Yisrael. These certificates were reserved for ‘tziyonim vatikim’ (longtime/outstanding Zionists). His brother argued that the Rebbe was entitled to one. “Three times a day he says ‘And may our eyesContinue reading “Zionism 301: Herzl and the Belzer Rebbe”

Zionism 301: Escaping Definition

By Shira Collins, Shevet Ne’eman, currently on Hachsharat Torani Not long ago, ‘Zionist’ was just something I said I was. I used to think I understood what it really meant, but on the Torani pre-Pesach Seminar I got an insight of how broad Zionism is and what modern Zionism actually means. Before the seminar, IContinue reading “Zionism 301: Escaping Definition”

Zionism 301: Modern and Divine

By Rafi Dover, Shevet Hagevura For me, Zionism has to justify itself in two interconnected ways, and through these justifications, I find profound meaning in it. The Modernist-Zionist Way As Zionism (even Religious Zionism) is self-consciously a product of modernism, it has to justify itself through tangible ‘hard facts’ – we are a people existing inContinue reading “Zionism 301: Modern and Divine”

Zionism 301: Conviction and Inclusivity

By Jordan Bernstein, Shevet Ne’eman On the one hand, you have a religion that has been around for 4000 or so years, caked in history, spirituality, transcending all physical structures or fleeting political ideals. On the other hand, you have a belief that the Jewish people have a right to national self-determination in the LandContinue reading “Zionism 301: Conviction and Inclusivity”

Welcome to the Men’s Club – and I Want In

By Jemma Silvert  There are a thousand things that this article could be, and there are a thousand things that it is not. This could very easily be a conversation about the Orthodox Union’s recent barring of women from serving as clergy in synagogues; this could very easily be about the potential of Partnership MinyanimContinue reading “Welcome to the Men’s Club – and I Want In”