Two-Way Street

A Mazkirut member’s perception of the perception of the Mazkirut

It is October 2001, and little Eli Maman is being taken to his first ever Salford BA Sukkah Crawl, probably by his mum, and probably crying his eyes out because all he wants to do was stay at home and play with his wooden train set (remember those??). He doesn’t want to go and make friends and learn stuff (ew!). Who wants to learn stuff when there are trains to be played with?!

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Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – An Open Letter from an LGBTQ+ Boger

Last year, Eli Gaventa wrote an article for Yediot about our community’s attitudes towards people who are LGBTQ+. Amongst other things, he rightly highlighted the increased risk of suicidal ideation that is associated with growing up gay in a religious community. I write this as a continuation to this conversation, to the journey we as a tnua are on in relation to this topic.

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BA80 – Do We Really Believe in Aliyah? Part II

In Part I, we explored how Aliyah is the ideology of the Tnua, and even though it may seem that it is no longer seen as such, we are and always will be an Aliyah movement. This leads us into this second part, where we will explore the history of Aliyah in the Tnua and the impact that BAUK Olim have had in Israel, and looking towards the future.

Eli Maman, Chinuch Worker 5779

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BA80 – Do We Really Believe in Aliyah? Part I

The recent BA80 video stirred up a lot of feelings around Chaverim, both past and present – relating predominantly to the ideology and current direction of the Tnua. In response, I thought I would write a Choveret on Aliyah in BAUK. It developed into two parts and is presented here, slightly modified for Yediot. It is really long because it is a Choveret and not a normal blog post; I just wanted the Choveret to be publicised more.

Enjoy! If you want to discuss this further, please feel free to email me at chinuch@bauk.org 😊

Thank you to Rafi Cohen and Michael Rainsbury for their help in producing this.

Eli Maman, Chinuch Worker 5779

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Pittsburgh: A Response

Tomorrow, it will be four weeks since the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh; four weeks since the incident termed by The Washington Post as “the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history”. That is, it is four Shabbatot since the death of eleven innocent people, murdered in the middle of their prayer, purely because they were Jewish.Continue reading “Pittsburgh: A Response”

Bnei Akiva Across the Generations

Debbie Harris, Hachshara 5778

On May 17th we met with many generations of BAUK, and this made me become aware of the metamorphosis of the youth movement.

Edna and her husband, who have been in Israel for over 50 years, were so ideology driven. They would take extremely dangerous measures by sending ammunition to help Israel from London – in the only way they could from thousands of miles away.Continue reading “Bnei Akiva Across the Generations”

It’s Time to Stand Together

By Harry Salter, Rosh Nivchar 5778

Over the past week, I was privileged to be in Israel for Yom Yerushalyim for the third year running. From davening at the Kotel with thousands of people, to dancing through the streets of Yerushalyim, proudly waving the Israeli flag and finally ending up at the Kotel for mass celebrations.Continue reading “It’s Time to Stand Together”

Silence and Tragedy: A communal response

By Eli Gaventa, Chinuch Worker 5778

The following is written in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect official Bnei Akiva positions.

A few weeks ago we read the story of the demise of Nadav and Avihu, Aharon’s sons, at the hands of God. The response of Aharon in that moment of tremendous grief and personal loss was to remain silent. In the face of personal tragedy sometimes the only appropriate response is silence and reflection, each one of us looking after ourselves and taking the time to process what our next steps should be. This is not the case however when facing communal suffering or tragedy. When the suffering at hand is one that faces more than just a single individual we have a markedly different reaction.

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The Coffizz/Coffix Conundrum

By Rafi Kleiman
So far, 5778 has been an eventful year where major contemporary issues hitting Israeli society have come to the forefront. We’re talking the African migrant crisis. We’re talking the ongoing pricing-out of Israelis from affordable housing . However, none of the above have anything close to the discussion tearing apart families, friends, and many, many, many WhatsApp groups…
Yes, you’ve guessed it. It’s the Coffix/Coffizz Machloket!

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On March of the Living and Holocaust Education

By Kobi Weiner

I have just returned from March of the Living 2018, spending a week in Poland learning about the Holocaust, before participating in the March from Auschwitz I to Auschwitz II – Birkenau. We spent time learning about the incredible Jewish life that existed in Poland for 1000 years, and saw how it came to a tragic and murderous end, by visiting the sites where it happened and hearing testimony from survivors. We were also privileged to meet members of the revived and energetic Jewish community that exists in Krakow and Warsaw today. Continue reading “On March of the Living and Holocaust Education”