Author: Danya Strait

Growing up Jewish in Milwaukee and questioning Israel

Ten years ago, at the age of 18, I traveled to Israel for the first time as a part of Taglit-Birthright. Birthright is a fully-funded trip to the Holy Land for young adults who have never been to Israel. I signed-up for the journey during winter break of my freshman year in college. My first visit to Israel was memorable, beautiful, and incredible. But it was not the soul-touching and spiritual experience I expected. This was due in large part to my perspective from being only 18. In the years since Birthright, I have had other chances to visit...

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