• Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 10.19.07 AM.png

    Taste of Torah: Parashat Shelach Lecha and shlichu ...
    in Rabbi's Corner

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    June 16, 2015

    Written by Yair Vardi, Israel Fellow at Hillel at UCLA This week, we read parshat Shelach Lecha — שְׁלַח לְךָ. This is the famous parashah of the spies. Moses chose twelve men, leaders from the twelve tribes of Israel, to scout Eretz Israel, while they were wandering “in the desert” (Bamidbar במדבר — the Hebrew…

  • Feuerbach_Mirjam_2.jpg

    Taste of Torah: feminist lessons and benefit of th ...
    in Rabbi's Corner

    By Angelina Ellyason
    June 5, 2015

    In honor of my Prodigious Babes series, I wanted to write this week’s Taste of Torah with a focus on the female protagonist of Behaalotecha (Numbers), Miriam. The parashah concludes with a rather bizarre incident: G-d punishes Miriam with tzaraat (a skin affliction) for “[speaking] against” her brother Moses (12:1). To better understand the peculiarity,…

  • 11419944_10153074063882535_3149204_n.jpg

    Shariff Mordechai Hazan: an African American man&# ...
    in Feature, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Jasmin Hiekali
    June 4, 2015

    When you think of Shavuot, you might be reminded of staying up all night learning or eating cheesecake. A lesser known custom is reading the Book of Ruth. There are many reasons for this custom, the first being that Shavuot is a festival of harvest, and the setting for Ruth is harvest-time. Furthermore, Ruth was…

  • Students can study abroad basically anywhere these days; these flags represent only a handful of popular destinations that students, including Jewish ones, attend. Photo credit: Simone Dvoskin

    Traveling Jews: tips for going abroad
    in Feature, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Simone Dvoskin
    June 3, 2015

    While the official school year is nearing its close, many students are making plans for the future. For some, this means preparing for a study abroad program and/or traveling to other countries during their much deserved “break time.” As someone who is studying abroad both this summer and next fall, I began to ponder: will…

  • 10.png

    Old mosaic, new eyes: Israel in 3D with the Y& ...
    in Campus Life, Israel, Latest Articles

    By Rivka (Rebecca) Cohen
    June 2, 2015

    Two weeks ago I wrote an article about Jerusalem, its vibrant energy, and the stubborn distance between its different groups. I ended with a suggestion, a hope, and a recycled Lennon lyric: let us recognize that despite the differences, we are all the same. “You may say I’m a dreamer.” Maybe coming together despite the…