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Brothers should be united | Parashat Toldot

“Brothers should not be separated. They should not be pitted against each other. Brothers should be united, despite their differences and personal interests. In order to unite a family you must lead it with integrity and honesty, even when it hurts”. Nofar Simpson, head of BINA’s Haifa Secular Yeshiva, explores one of the most important stories of sibling rivalry in our history in this week’s parasha, Toldot. […]

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From Rivka to Kamala | Parashat Hayei Sarah

Rivka was the first woman to speak up, speak her mind. She will be followed by many generations of women who will do as she did. From the well to the streets. From Haran to the White House”. Yael Dinur, BINA’s marketing and communications manager explores this week Parasha, Hayei Sarah, and it’s underrated hero, Rivka […]

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Home – Fences – Tents

Michal Zamir, head of the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Be’er Sheva, shares her perspective on Yitzhak Rabin and the relevance of his legacy 25 years later.

This article is part of our collection of essays written in partnership with the Forward, as we look back over the last 25 years in commemoration of Rabin’s life and legacy
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Rabin's Legacy | Religious fundamentalism is still our biggest threat

Eran Baruch, BINA’S executive director, shares his thoughts on Israeli democracy 25 years after Yitzhak Rabin >>>

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What’s the Rush? | Parashat Lech Lecha

“The troubling times we live in, make it easy for us to relate to Abraham’s feeling of a world lacking direction with no responsible grown-up in charge.”
Yuval Linden, director of BINA’s Gap Year programs, on this week’s parasha, Lech Lecha
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Social Change during Global Pandemic

After the Coronavirus pandemic began in the US, I was eagerly awaiting my arrival to Israel even though I knew that there was an impending 14-day quarantine that I would do once I arrived in Israel. […]

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Quarantine in Tel Aviv

After the Coronavirus pandemic began in the US, I was eagerly awaiting my arrival to Israel even though I knew that there was an impending 14-day quarantine that I would do once I arrived in Israel. […]

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Death is Critical to Life | Parashat Ha’Azinu

“… Once a year, Jewish tradition asks us to face our own mortality and to recall what is truly important in our lives – to focus on our connection to one another, on compassion and love”.
Ayala Dekel, a teacher and educator at BINA’s secular Yeshiva, discusses this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Ha’Azinu
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Life and Death | Parashat Nitzavim

“Parashat Nitzavim, always comes around during the run up to Rosh Hashanah. The parasha contains the fundamental and foundational concepts of Jewish belief.” Eran Baruch, BINA’s Executive Director, shares his thoughts on this week’s parasha, equality and freedom of choice. […]

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Go Ahead, Curse | Parshat Ki Tavo

Yael Dinur, BINA’s Marketing and Communication Manager, on this week's Torah portion and what it teaches about facing the consequences of our action […]

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פרשת ראה

See in Order to Choose | Parashat Re’eh

Parashat Re’eh encourages us to consider how we, as individuals and as a society, can cross the symbolic Jordan River to reach the Promised Land…” Yael Hirsh Biderman, BINA’s Director of Human Resource, discusses this week’s Torah portion and what it teaches about the intricate system of giving and receiving. […]

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Circumcise Your Heart | Parashat Eikev

“Following the holidays of Tisha B’av and Tu B’av we read parashat Eikev, which encourages us to explore the relationship between the elements of judgement and love that we hold within us.” Nir Braudo, BINA’s Deputy Director, discusses parashat Eikev and what it means to “circumcise your heart.” […]

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פרשת ואתחנן, כבד את אביך ואת אימך, עשרת הדיברות

Challenge Your Father and Mother | Parshat Va'etchanan

Ayala Dekel, educator and facilitator at the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, explores parashat Va'etchanan and the meaning of this famous commandment. […]

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After War Song | Parashat Matot-Masei

Ayala Dekel, BINA educator and facilitator, discusses Parashat Matot-Masei fourteen years after the Second Lebanon War.
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To Learn From Tzelophechad’s Daughters | Parashat Pinchas

Dear friends, those who love Miriam and cherish her memory – once again, we reach the parasha marking Miriam’s death. We gather here to remember Miriam’s life and to mourn her death in “Kadesh”, somewhere near the streets of Petra. I would like to share the following words: […]

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Eulogy for Miriam | Parashat Chukat

Dear friends, those who love Miriam and cherish her memory – once again, we reach the parasha marking Miriam’s death. We gather here to remember Miriam’s life and to mourn her death in “Kadesh”, somewhere near the streets of Petra. I would like to share the following words: […]

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How to Manage a Healthy Dispute and Stop an Epidemic | Parashat Korach

What makes one dispute a 'heavenly dispute' and another a 'non-heavenly dispute'? Nir Braudo, BINA's Deputy Director, discusses parashat Korach and the commentaries' answer to how to manage a healthy disagreement. […]

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פרשת שבוע, בהעלותך, שח

Illuminating the Margins | Parashat BeHa'alotcha

lluminated Margins – BINA executive director Eran Baruch, shares his thoughts on parashat BeHa'alotcha and current events. […]

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Parashat Behar-Bechukotai | There will be good, there will be bad

How do we motivate people? Carrot or stick? Instil fear or inspire? Yuval Linden, director of BINA Gap Year programs, discusses this week's parasha, Behar-Bechukotai, and leadership during complicated times […]

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פרשת שבוע, אמור, מגדר

The Priest’s Daughter | Parashat Emor

Who is pure, and who is impure? Who gets to dwell inside the camp, and who must stay away? Yael Hirsch-Biderman, BINA's Director of HR, in this week's double-parsha, leads us through questions about ritual purity in the age of COVID-19, what it means to be cast out of the camp – and the cost in returing to our routines. […]

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