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Culture Shock

When you arrive, despite all your preparation, you will probably experience some feelings of anxiety and stress. You may feel homesick, friendless, alone, criticized, critical, exhausted, ill, angry, aggressive, and/or irritable. First of all, recognize the feelings and changes, then

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Shabbat

Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. The exact times are listed in newspapers. In some communities, 20 minutes before the Sabbath begins, a song to welcome the Sabbath is played on

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Death, Burial and Mourning

A Jewish funeral takes place as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours after death. The exception to this is that funeral may not take place on Shabbat and major holidays. However, it is not uncommon for the funeral to

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Weddings

Weddings in Israel are wonderful occasions. The ceremony is usually brief and concludes with the bridegroom breaking a wine glass with his foot. This symbolizes the remembrance of the destruction of the Temple, even during times of joy. The ceremony

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