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After Birthright, Bethlehem

Since the 10-day trip ended, I’ve explored Jerusalem’s Old City, crashed a wedding, and, most importantly, met with Palestinians.

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How Birthright Changed Us

A trip to Israel connected participants to our Jewishness. But it didn’t make us more politically engaged.

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Why Eminem Was Essential to Our Trip

Our trip leader’s spontaneous pop culture references became a running joke—but they also kept us engaged

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The Roll Pics: The North and Tel Aviv

Select stops from our last days on Birthright

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The Longest Days I’ve Ever Had

Birthright made insane demands on our time, but showed us how to make the most of a day

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On Birthright, Our Zionist Coach

Our Israel tour guide first seemed an IDF G.I. Joe. He turned out to be like a football coach: tough but righteous.

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Back to Reality, and Responsibility

The disorienting transition to freedom after 10 days of regimented scheduling

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The Roll Must Go On

Our journey is done, which means it’s time to reflect on the unbelievable past 11 days

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Hooking Up in the Holy Land

The social dynamic of our Birthright Israel trip, before the soldiers and after

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The Birthright Trip Is Going to … the Beach!

With a heat wave preventing a hike, we go for a swim in Caesarea

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A Support System for Israeli Soldiers, and for Us

An IDF soldier, whose job is to comfort families of fallen soldiers, was also there for me

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Manscaping on Birthright

Breaking down grooming habits among the men on the trip

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Truth-Telling at Rabin’s Grave

An Israeli who prayed for the late prime minister’s demise bravely comes clean at his tomb

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The Stakes of Being Skinny

My Israeli roommate and I both grew up reed-thin. The implications for him as a soldier are far more profound.

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Zionism, After Miss Porter’s

After an anti-Semitic incident at boarding school, I denied being Jewish for years. Israel is changing things.

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Seventy-Two Hours in Jerusalem

Shabbat in the shadow of the Knesset prompts political reflection

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Talking to a 20-Year-Old IDF Spokeswoman

The Haifa native explains why she decided to come on Birthright

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Do Bar Mitzvahs Happen on Every Birthright Trip?

Our tour educator explains why he performs bar mitzvahs during the 10-day experience.

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Birthright’s Bar Mitzvah Class

Twelve participantssome raised Catholic, others with little Jewish knowledgeget called to the Torah

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Loving Our Tour Guide at the Israel Museum

The Dead Sea Scrolls, modern art, and a guide who hails from Jerusalem

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Meet Tal, a 19-Year-Old Soldier

The Tel Aviv native talks nineties T.V.with an American participant.

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Ordering Late-Night Domino’s Pizza in Israel

My trip-mate opted for a late-night delivery snack that tasted like matzo with tomato sauce

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Why the Jews Aren’t in Uganda

Israel as our homeland because our ancestors were here. No religion required.

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Prepping for Shabbat at the Kotel

A perfect song to get you in the mood

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The Mifgash Begins

Eight representatives of the IDF join our group.

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I’m Getting Bat Mitzvahed on Birthright

A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus

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The Roll Pics: Masada Morning

3:45 am wake up to make sunrise at Masada.

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The Roll Pics: Camel Lights

Taking on the Bedouin preferred method of transportation.

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