Stand with Manchester; Stand with Growth

5 years ago bbursk 0
“Why?”   This is the question that I asked myself this morning when I woke up and heard that over twenty people had lost their lives and many more had been injured in my hometown of Manchester, England. The very city in which I slept was being rocked by a terror attack only miles away. Read More

It’s (not) the End of an Era

6 years ago bbursk 0
This is it; the insane spiral of emotions, the joy, the pride, the friendships, and a little bit of  sadness is about to begin. The countdown to Shabbaton 2017 is officially underway. Not only that, but it’s my final year before I graduate and head off into the world…and you can bet that I am Read More

Torch Bearers

6 years ago bbursk 0
Torch Bearers (Parshat Chayei Sarah) In this week’s Torah portion, we read about “The Life of Sarah.” It details, among other things, the events following our foremother Sarah’s passing. There is a specific section of this parsha which I related to deeply that I’d like to share with you all: The parsha states that Abraham Read More

It’s Your Beginning (Parshat Bereshit)

6 years ago bbursk 0
It’s Your Beginning (Parshat Bereshit) In this week’s parsha, we are brought to the very beginning of the Torah—the story of creation.  We learn of the formation of the birds, the trees, animal, man, and everything else that we have in the world today. But we also learn something which speaks to our daily struggles. Read More

Make The Sacrifice

6 years ago bbursk 0
This Rosh Hashana is one I will never forget. I spent the holiday with Chabad in South Manchester. It began like any other Rosh Hashana; we indulged in a ridiculous amount of apples and honey, had a super long shul service. By the end of the first day of davening, we were all exhausted and Read More

You, Yourself Need Fixing.

6 years ago bbursk 0
You, Yourself Need Fixing. As we approach the joyous holiday of Rosh Hashanah, we begin to think about many different aspects of our lives. We think about the stress of school work, exams, and, for some of us, we’ll be calculating how much apples and honey we’ll be eating. There is something more profound we Read More

Introducing… Ben!

6 years ago bbursk 0
      Hello, hello My name is Ben Bursk. Some of you may know me from the Shabbatons or general CTeen related things or you might know the most insane and loud chapter that is CTeen of Manchester if it’s the second option I sincerely apologize for the headaches we may have caused… Now Read More

A Precious Stone

6 years ago bbursk 0
  As I sit here reflecting on Heritage Quest, I can’t help but feel that it feels like years since I was there, standing in Auschwitz when really, it was just weeks ago. I am taken back to those moments, standing at Auschwitz with my head in my hands, wondering how humanity could allow such Read More
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