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JENNY

A Nameless Virtue

    I'm not proud that I had to come to JLI this morning in work clothes (ripped up tee-shirt and worn jean-shorts), but seeing as I had to run to work upon JLI's ending leaves my actions more than justified. And I'm not particularly happy with the fact that I couldn't attend last Sunday's session, but my health was extremely lacking- I couldn't effectively get out of bed. So, just for the record, and whatever vain soul that may be keeping it, my lax in blogging progress has not been due to negligence. I save that for schoolwork. But, I do have good news to soothe any heightened frustrations. So read on, dear reader!

    Initially, it was established (with vehement enthusiasm, I must add) that I am in need of a Hebrew name... any suggestions? I'm sure I'll think of something by the next lesson. That's going to be occupying my mind quite a bit. But let's talk about the actual lesson, shall we? The component that held most prominence was, of course, the Uniqueness that is Israel. "...And also we shall be like all the nations..." Well, quite frankly, that was a failed attempt. We are nothing like the rest of the world. Sure, Israel holds the common ideals of a Democracy, but a Jewish Democracy. Our biggest issue as a people is our crisis of identity. Trying to make a name for ourselves if only to gain the approval of the world. It's a scary concept when differentiability becomes just another evil. Personally, I feel as though our differences are what make us so beautiful. Something perhaps just as beautiful, though, is sleep. Miss Sarah shared with us the importance of sleep not just in a physical sense, but in a spiritual one as well. It gives us the opportunity to have a new beginning each day; to wake up like a lion. Apex confidence and motivation in order to complete the mission in which G-d laid out for us.

    Turkey Day is upon us, my lovelies. It is that time of year when we all forget that diet plan, buy bigger pants, and take part in turkey-induced comas. And so I bid you all adieu, until next week!

We Are Kind Of A Big Deal

 It's always a pleasant surprise when the Rabbi and Miss Sarah organize guest speakers for the Sunday JLI meetings. New people lead to new stories, lending themselves to newly acquired knowledge and overwhelming wisdom from said knowledge. This particular Sunday morning, however, the fatigue-plagued students were greeted by a smiling face belonging to a Professor. His name escapes me, initially because I'm running on two hours of sleep, and secondly because I was in the restroom upon his arrival. I do remember most everything he spoke about, however. His entire lecture can be summed up in one snazzy phrase; We are Kind of a big deal. We being the Jews, of course. The professor whipped out all of these fascinating statistics regarding the Jews as a people, all of them leaving our mouths agape with incredulous looks plastered on our faces. Did you know that 1/3 of all American doctors are Jewish? How about the fact that 1/2 of American Lawyers are Jews as well? The humorous aspect about it is that we only make up about 2% of the American population. He then went on to discuss the contributions of the Israelis on a global level. Inventions and innovative technologies like the cellphone were made right there in Tel Aviv. This all blew me away. I mean, I already knew it, but how can the world even deny the evidence-backed claim that Jews Rock??I really enjoyed the Professor's teachings.

On another note entirely, I'm still working on the Kosher club and the Positive energy seminar, but this week has been so backed up with school testing. But worry not, my fellow readers- your dear author will do as promised. Until next Sunday!

Peace to Pieces?

    I have never been so ecstatic to see a clock read 8am when my phone claimed it was 7am. Could it be? Daylight Saving's Ending sweeping in to play heroics against the commonplace aggressor so universally known as exhaustion? Oh time bipolarity, how I love you. Especially since I danced the night away, roaming the streets as V from V For Vendetta in search of candy. Life lesson one: you are never too old for Trick-or-treating. Not to mention that I went to a party until around 2am. So it's safe to say that an extra hour was welcomed with open arms. Fast forward, skipping the part where I showed up 20 minutes late due to a fussy baby, I sat down among my Jewish peers and immersed myself within the intricate web of questions so delicately woven by inquiring minds. However, the intricacy of such inquiries did little to settle the nausea-inducing turmoil metastasizing inside my stomach. Today's subject pronounced upon the bias and resentment depicted by the UN's continual condemnations against the state of Israel. It was rather infuriating, quite honestly. The entire world is acting like the existence of Israel is a big joke. The indifference towards threats, the lack of help in response to said threats, turning a blind eye to the happenings in the Middle East. In this world, it's allies to enemies, and it's time to show those enemies *ahem Syria, Jordan, Iran, etc ahem* that we, the United States of America, stand with Israel! I mean, it is my home. How else am I supposed to react to somebody wishing ill will upon my home?

   In other news, I'm starting another club on campus. The plans are still totally up in the air, but it's going to be a kosher foods club. I'm really excited to get the ball rolling with this. That isn't the news that I discussed last week, however. I shouldn't really discuss this idea just yet, as it is still up in the air. But, it may or may not include Miss Susan and Mister Edmund presenting their program to the student body of Jupiter High. Anyway, I have a lot of things going on this year, I can't wait to see what comes of all this. Until next week!

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