Humans of Machon Maayan: Rav David Zahtz

Rav David Zahtz Kibbutz Yavne, Israel Rabbi at Machon Maayan since 2013   How did you end up at Machon Maayan? I heard that Machon Maayan was going to be my new neighbor (Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, where I also work, and Givat Washington are right next to each other) so I emailed Rav K to... Continue Reading →

Humans of Machon Maayan: Sarah Belfer

Sarah Belfer Boynton Beach, Florida Park Vista Community High School Machon Maayan 2013-2015   Why did you choose to attend Machon Maayan? I knew I wanted to move to Israel, but I wanted to do some sort of learning before--a gap year. My NCSY advisors told me about it and I thought, “Great! Torah, tiyulim,... Continue Reading →

Humans of Machon Maayan: Rav Yosef Ginsberg

Rav Yosef Ginsberg Beit Shemesh, Israel Rabbi and Co-Internship Director at Machon Maayan since 2018   What do you teach/what’s your job at Machon Maayan? I am the director of internships, in addition to teaching Habits Anonymous, which is based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Pirkei Avot, Kabbalah Vs. Philosophy, and Psalms With a... Continue Reading →

Humans of Machon Maayan: Sarah Glaser

Sarah Glaser, Los Angeles, California Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Machon Maayan 2018-2019   Why did you choose to attend Machon Maayan? I chose to attend Machon Maayan because it's a place where everyone is accepted for who she is. The girls here are some of the most genuine and sweet people that I know.... Continue Reading →

Rosh Chodesh Shvat: Tamar Dallal

Tamar Dallal, Chicago, Illinois   Continuing in the theme of what all my Divrei Torah seem to be about—growth—I want to tell you about my youngest brother. He was born on Tu B'Shvat, the 15th of Shvat, and my parents finally decided after some back-and-forth to name him Erez (a cedar tree). He's adorable, I... Continue Reading →

Tzniut: Chana Coughlan

Chana Coughlan, Denver, Colorado   I was asked to give a Dvar Torah on tzniut. I know that tzniut is a hard thing, so I wanted to give you my perspective on it. As a young woman who is trying to take on tzniut herself, I find that the general understanding of the word “tzniut”... Continue Reading →

Shabbat Zmirot: Orly Krupp

Orly Krupp, Baltimore, Maryland   Picture this: You’re on a shabbaton—school, camp, NCSY, CTeen, Machon Maayan, whatever you’re into. It’s undeniable that one of the most impactful parts of Shabbat is the singing after Seudah Shlishit (the third meal of Shabbat). It’s the part of the shabbaton that always leaves you wanting more. Why is this?... Continue Reading →

Parshat Vayeishev: Nathalie Tick

Nathalie Tick, Mequon, Wisconsin   Shabbat Shalom and almost Chanukah! I'm going to share something that I learned from Rav Hochbaum this week about how Chanukah relates to this week's parsha of Vayeishev. Chanukah, the holiday of light, takes place on the 25th of Kislev, and it just so happens that the 25th word of... Continue Reading →

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