The Magen Leadership Program is a 3 week experience of friendship, discovery and awareness in Israel. With an emphasis on Sephardim, Judaism, its’ people, language, history, traditions, heroes, places and values will all be brought to life through meaningful excursions filled with a sense of adventure. MLP participants will enjoy the best that Israel has to offer, with full access to Israel’s most sought after attractions. They will stay in fine accommodations and be treated to Kosher Israeli food and guided luxury transportation throughout the trip. Rabbi Yitzchak Sakhai of S.T.A.R., in addition to adult chaperons and an armed security guard/Medic, will accompany MLP participants. MLP participants will fly from LAX with Israel’s official airline El Al (non stop) to and from Tel Aviv.
- Vaera- January 12, 2018
Friday Candle Lighting: 4:47 pm
Shabbat Ends: 5:36 pm
Nature and Nurture
“Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh — it will become a snake.” (7:9)
One of the hottest debates within psychology is nature vs. nurture: To what extent are the various aspects of our behavior a product of inherited (i.e. genetic) or acquired (i.e. learned) characteristics?
It has long been known that certain physical characteristics are biologically determined by genetic inheritance. Color of eyes, straight or curly hair, pigmentation of the skin and certain diseases (such as Huntingdon’s chorea, G-dforbid) are all a function of the genes we inherit. Other physical characteristics, if not exactly totally determined, appear to be at least strongly influenced by the genetic make-up of our biological parents. Read More