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This week's blog post is a song written and performed by current fellow Amanda, who is living in the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood in Rishon LeZion. Our Rishon LeZion city coordinator, Yohannes, put his photography skills to good use and made this video for the song with photos of the group from the year. We're so proud of the work that our fellows are doing to support their communities under these circumstances.

This is a time in the world where everyone is stuck. Everyone is fighting against the desire to sink into loneliness as we are all quarantined in our homes, trying to find things to do to occupy our time and continue our routines as best we can. As a Yahel cohort, we are struggling just as everyone around the world. On our Thursday learning sessions (that we creatively did on a Zoom call), we spoke with Rabbi Lisa Goldstein who inspired us to think of how we practice joy. Here is a little sample of how I practice.

How do I change the world while keeping sane

Keep everyone dry in the pouring rain

How do I understand this downfall

While keeping up my head up through it all

Time to test

Out doubts and faiths

To be stuck in the same place

With everything

And Nothing

Time to try to find our joys

Try to breathe and suppress all the noise

Of fear

And We’re all together here

Its hard to speak my mind and words cannot explain

As I sit here with my coffee cup of stains

Put my feet up on the couch and hear the birds

But I still cannot think of any words

Time to test

Our doubts and faiths

To be stuck in the same place

With everything

And nothing

Time to try to find our joys

Try to breathe and suppress all the noise

Of fear

And we’re all together here

How do I save the world while keeping sane

Oh there is so much rain

I don’t know whats happening my dear

But we are all together here

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