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OT: High Time for a New Type of Institution

Engaging in an immersive Jewish learning experience can be transformative but at times also unhealthy. It also seems off putting to the average individual who desires to engage in immersive Jewish learning.

An institution that can dance between being immersive but not yet transformative does not exist.

It’s hight time it does.

Perhaps this will bridge the enormous gap between the huge number of students connecting to Judaism on college campuses and the relatively small number engaging in immersive Jewish learning.

*OT [Our Thoughts] are episodes in which Chanie and Peretz discuss the previous episode’s conversation with a guest.

Stepping Out of the Herd’s Stampede

The stampede towards a career begins with college graduation, and perhaps even earlier. Andrew Jacobson ’19 stepped out of that rush and dedicated a year to Torah study. 

What was his calculation?

What does he fear about this decision?

Why is he so unconventional amongst today’s young adults?

The SynaGym – Synagogue & Gym; Prayer in a new perspective

Often, for both the frequent and infrequent visitors to the synagogue, it feels more like entering a classroom where you’re expected to follow the instructions of the Prayer Book and Rabbi, than a place of spiritual connection to the Divine.

Listen to a new language that transforms the experience from a classroom to a playground. Have fun!

Commitment; the Power and the Pain

To renew is to be excited about life and ultimately to grow.

A prerequisite though is commitment. With its combined power and pain it provides us the ability to bring our whole self forward in ways otherwise not possible.

We share our reflections and personal experience on commitment and its impact.