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24 Jan Posted by | Comments

Tu B’Shvat in Israel is a Time for Rebirth

AZM Tu B'shvat in Israel

When I was a kid, Tu B’Shevat meant coming home from Hebrew School with a bag of fruits from Israel. It contained things that I’d never tasted before – dates, figs, bokser (carob tree pods); and, as a kid, those were things that I often hoped to never taste again. I still remember the time that a teacher told us that bokser tasted best if put in the toaster. The horrible smell in our home that night became a story that my family would not soon forget. For many of us, our first perceptions of Israel would come from a sensory picture painted for us of its nourishment and taste, a description of Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey. Even before we had an opportunity to visit Israel – or if we’ve never been so blessed –...

23 Jul Posted by | Comments

The Voice Israel

Posted in: Israeli Culture

The Voice Israel Many are familiar with the new TV show called The Voice that has quickly gained popularity in the United States.  The show has also become a fast hit in Israel and other countries around the world.  The Voice consists of a panel of four famous judges sitting with their back to the stage as they listen to blind auditions and fight for the artists they want on their teams.  With each passing round artists from each team are eliminated until finally one winner is left standing.  But does it really matter how much talent each contestant actually has?  It seems to me that most of these vocal star shows are similar in that the winner isn’t and doesn’t necessarily go on to be the most successful, but can simply be marketed to the public. Popular Israeli musical...

08 Feb Posted by | 1 comment

Tu B’Shvat in Israel

almond blossom

Leor Sinai, AZM’s Vice President, Young Leadership, recently made aliyah and writes about his first Tu B’Shvat as an Oleh. “The almond trees are beginning to bloom and flowers are popping up everywhere… and I think to myself – Ein li eretz acheret… I have no other land.  Tu B’Shvat h’giya hag la’ilanot!” Read the full post by visiting