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Aug 18, 2018, 8:13 AM
The Gematria of freedom
I have been struggling a lot recently with the idea of na’aseh v’nishma. The words said by the Israelites when G-d gave us the Torah, literally translated, mean “we will do and we will listen”; on a more philosophical...
Feb 11, 2018, 4:15 AM
When Religion Isn’t Black and White
I’ve been asked a lot recently what my favorite thing about Judaism is. Each time, my answer is some variation of the following: “there are so many different interpretations of Judaism that, with a little seeking and soul-searching, everyone...
May 3, 2017, 8:57 AM
Dancing in her footsteps: bringing the memory of a victim back to life
This blog post is written in loving memory of Hallel Ariel, zichrona livracha. Hallel, 13, was murdered as she slept in her home in Kiryat Arba in June 2016. This year, two dance troupes in the DC area are...
Feb 28, 2017, 9:27 PM
Reaction to the threats to our communities
As someone who hopes to work in the Jewish nonprofit world after graduation, my physical safety should not be of concern when it comes to my (potential) future job. My field of choice should not be a dangerous one....
Feb 20, 2017, 1:39 AM
Inclusion: A Jewish Value
A few years ago, I had the incredible opportunity of working as an inclusion counselor at Camp JCC. As an inclusion counselor, my job was to work one-on-one with a camper with disabilities – the “inclusion” part meaning that...
Dec 6, 2016, 6:29 AM
Why it no longer matters whether Jews are white
She fears ethnic marginalization and anti-Semitism, but will use her privilege to fight the oppression of other minorities
Nikki is a Hillel professional, a proud Jew, and an Israel advocate. She loves travelling and learning about other cultures, particularly how Jews around the world experience their Judaism.