Parshat Yitro: Yakira Ossip

Yakira Ossip, Melbourne, Australia   ויחן-שם ישראל נגד ההר -- And Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain. (Exodus 19:2) In the Pesach Haggadah, it is stated that "Had Hashem brought us before Har Sinai, but not given us the Torah, it would have been sufficient." These words are confusing because why would Bnei Yisrael simply... Continue Reading →

Parshat Vayeishev: Chana Coughlan

Chana Coughlan, Denver, Colorado   In this week's parsha we learn about Yosef’s dreams and the deterioration of his relationship with his brothers. Yosef’s two dreams played a significant role in the resentment of the brothers towards him. The Beit HaLevi teaches that the Torah tells us that after the first dream the brothers hated... Continue Reading →

Parshat Yitro: Alexis Gross

Alexis Gross, Cleveland, Ohio   Shabbat Shalom! This week's parsha is huuuge. This is the parsha where Hashem gave us the Ten Commandments. It's the parsha where the Jews camped by Har Sinai and where we were told that we were the chosen nation, and where we were told that we are the chosen nation.... Continue Reading →

Humans of Machon Maayan: Maddie Hamada

Maddie Hamada West Hempstead, New York Hebrew Academy of Nassau County Machon Maayan 2016-2017   Why did you choose to attend Machon Maayan? I chose MM because I wanted to go somewhere that didn’t feel “cookie cutter” to me. I loved the fact that there were girls from all around the world coming from all... Continue Reading →

Humans of Machon Maayan: Elianna Mikulik

Elianna Mikulik Buffalo, New York Williamsville North High School Machon Maayan 2015-2017   Why did you choose to attend Machon Maayan? I knew I wanted to go to Machon Maayan when I was a sophomore in high school, thanks to NCSY. After attending public high school, I thought Machon Maayan would have been the best... Continue Reading →

Songwriting Class Concert

Because we are on Givat Washington, girls have the amazing opportunity to attend Mizmor, a music school on campus. One of the classes offered is singing/songwriting. This past Monday, the girls in the class performed for the school! It was amazing concert and we are so proud of these girls. Kol HaKavod to Orly Krupp,... Continue Reading →

Chesed on Campus

חסדי עירית is an organization that is named after Irit Droviner. Irit was a physical education student in the Givat Washington college. At the end of her first year, Irit was killed in a car accident. Her college friend decided to start an organization in order to help families in need, just as she always... Continue Reading →

Parshat Yitro: Yvette Teitelbaum

Yvette Teitelbaum, Highland Park, New Jersey   Last night, I had the privilege of sitting in for a few classes at Midreshet Moriah, a seminary in Yerushalayim. I felt that it was important that I share some of their lovely Torah ideas with the seminary that I truly call my “home away from home,” Machon... Continue Reading →

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