# User:Keren05

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Keren
Employer:Ort Gutman High School
Occupation:Student
Nationality:Israeli
Country:Israel
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## About me

hello; My name is Keren. I study in "Ort Gutman" high school in 11th grade. I was born in Natanya city,Israel and I live there today. I have no brothers or sisters And I'm 16.5 years old. My birthday is on 5th May.

## My interests

I love to go out with my friends and do shopping with them. I like to watch TV ,play on computer and listen to music.

In the summer vacation, I was in Eilat and I enjoyed my trip to Eilat very much.

## Project

Dear American partner;

My name is Keren Sorkin and I'm a 16.5 years old girl. I was born in 5.5.1992. I live in Netanya with my parents and I have no brothers or sisters. Every week I go to my grandparents and to my aunts and uncles.

My parents immigrated to Israel in 1990 from the Ukraine, but I was born in Israel.

My hobbies are to swim, do shopping and just walk with my friends. Every day I listen to music and play on the computer after school. I study Biotechnology in Ort Gutman High School. We get a lot of homework and I even don’t have time in the evening to eat.

In school, I have a lot of friends and I love them very much. My family is a Jewish traditional family and I am, too. We celebrate all the Jewish holidays and we follow the Jewish law. In addition, I enjoy living in Israel and want to be here all my life.

I will enjoy being in contact with you.

Sincerely,
Keren sorkin.

Hello,

How are you today? We will do the project together! I think that this is a horrible, terrifying event that must not happen again. The events in the Nazi death camps in Auschwitz, Birkenau and other camps are very horrible things.

The purpose of Adolph Hitler was to remove the Jews from society.

Israel built a memorial place called "Yad VA Shem"(it means – Hand and Name).

Six million Jews were killed in the second world war.

The slogan of Israel is:

"REMEMBER AND NOT FORGET"!!!!

What do you know about this?

(: Excellent writing and an excellent way of expressing your feelings. --Warm wishes, Nellie Deutsch 17:41, 8 December 2008 (UTC))

## Belief, Indifference, and Denial

Dear Sean and Caiti;

How are you my friend?

The book night is very interesting book that reflects the hope that the Jews had in this horrible, terrified story. Moshe the beadle actually was the only people that believe in the beginning of the story.

Elie is the main character of the story. He was fifteen years old when he was taken to the Nazi concentration camp.

Moshe the Beadle is a poor Jewish mystic in town of Sighet who becomes Elie's spiritual mentor and friend. In 1942, Moshe is deported to Poland where he witnesses the mass extermination of the Jews. He manages to escape and goes back to Sighet to warn them of danger. No one listens to him.

Elie's father (Shlomo) a well-respected Jewish community leader in Sighet before the deportation of the Jews.

Elie develops a strong bond with his father as they go through the unforgettable journey

through the death camps. Shlomo manages to survive the internment until the very end, where he dies of dysentery (disease of intestine) before the liberation of the camps.

In what chapter are you now?

Sincerely;

Keren

## Foreshadowing

Dear Caiti,

I have read your answer and I agree with you.

Moshe the beadle was an example of Foreshadowing. Moshe tried to warn Elie, his family and the entire town from what is coming to happen.

They didn’t believe what Moshe was talking and didn’t take it seriously.

In 1942, Moshe is deported to Poland where he witnesses the mass extermination of the Jews. He manages to escape and goes back to Sighet to warn them of danger. No one listens to him.

These women, Madame Schechter actually see a vision of what the Nazis is doing to the Jews - burning them. She tried to warn all the people in the wagon but all of them thought that she was crazy.

When we look at it now we think that they were crazy not to believe her, but I, if I were in this situation, I wouldn't believe that this horror could happen, either.

## Choiceless choices

Dear Caiti and Sean,

I have read your answer and I agree with you.

Many people made choiceless choices. A lot of Jews decisions were forced by Nazi's SS soldiers, by the Gestapo and the Jews police. I think that the Jews that concentrate in the ghetto or in the concentration camp were choice less. They concentrate there as opposed to their will.In the story Night and in whole holocaust people did choice less choices. The kid in the story that killed his father for a piece of bread also makes a choiceless choice. I think that all the decisions that were made in the holocaust were choiceless choices.

Your friend,

               Keren Sorkin


## Survivers who champion human rights

Hello Caiti and Sean,

I agree with you! After the holocaust it's impossible to forget something horrible like this. Elie lose his father three months before the release of the camp by the Soviet Union in 11 April 1945. Hilda and Bea also survived the war and Elie find them after the war and they unite.

Elie Wiesel encouraged other survivors tell they stories to perpetuate the holocaust. He also publishes over 40 books. All of them are about his story and what he passes in this war.

Elie build a center of studying in Ashkelon (city in Israel) to the Ethiopian population.

A part of Elie's books:

Night (Hill and Wang 1958; 2006 Personal account of the Holocaust), The Town Beyond the Wall (Athenaeum 1964) , The Jews of Silence (Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1966), The Gates of the Forest (Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1966), A Beggar in Jerusalem (Random House 1970)(Novel) , A Jew Today (Random House 1978-Essays and imaginative works on Jewish identity). All this books demonstrate the horror in the holocaust and the testimonies of all Jewish people that survive the holocaust.

Elie's obligation was perpetuated by the idea that we should not forget the holocaust.

Your friend,

Keren Sorkin

## Indifference or helplessness

Caiti and Sean how are you?

I think that Elie left his father on the train not because he was indifferent.

I understand that Elie didn't stand with his father because he wanted to protect his own life. He loved his father but he didn’t know what to do in that situation. I can understand Elie because he was a little boy that was a victim of this horrible war.

In a situation of fear people don’t know how to behave and what to do. I think that his father understood it and even forgave him. His father knew that Elie did it because he was scared and wanted to save his life.

Today, this situation happenrf when I got on the bus to school. All the students are indifferent to sick old people that want to get out of the bus and we don’t help them. This action shows indifference!

I also think that Elie had no choice.

Your friend,

Keren Sorkin

## Is There Any Morality to Survival?

Hi Caiti and Sean,

Morality means a code of conduct which is held to be authoritative in matters of right and wrong.

I agree with you. When it comes to survival, people have no choice and they behave like animals and go against everyone. There is no morality when it comes to survival! I think people have to do whatever they can to survive. (Well, almost everything).

Elie is trying to protect his father but not doesn't always succeed. He supported his father the way but sometimes, like you say, our instincts become stronger than morality. When the guard told Elie not to feed his father, Elie says that it's bad idea.

I think that Elie would have been wrong if he had taken his father's ration. I also think that as long as the person is alive, he doesn’t have the right to take his father's food. If I were in his place I wouldn’t take the food from my father no matter what.

Your friend,

Keren Sorkin.

## Silence

Dear Caiti and Sean,

How are you my friend?

Silence is a big word with a lot of meanings. The word Silence is divided into three categories: mental, social, or both. I think that this word is associated with calm person and relaxed. Sometimes this word connected with different psychological problems.

I think that Elie was scared to talk about what happened in the holocaust therefore he didn't want to talk about it for 10 years.

I really agree with you that he was scared to facing with the past. A lot of survivors ended in psychiatric hospitals because of the trauma that they pass. All the time, in their mind goes on pictures, sounds, and their family that they leave in the war. The war was difficult to Elie and his family. They pass a lot of abusing, violence and terrifying views.

Elie left in the holocaust his little sister- Tzipora, his mother and also his life- the future, the past and the present. The life can't be like there was before the war for Elie.

Therefore, we need to remember and not forget, to perpetuate and pass this horror on to the next generation for the reason that it can't happen again in any case!

Your friend,

Keren

## Where is god?

Dear Caiti and Sean,

How are you?

In my opinion I think that in the holocaust god disappeared for a while. I also think that Elie believed that god is there with them and he knows that it’s the fate, they no ability to escape or survive this horrible war.

We always think and imagine the horrors and the terrifying things that happened there but we don’t know anything. What we saw in different movies is a little of what really happened.

I always thought where was god in the holocaust, and why it happened. I still can't understand why it happened and why nobody stopped it.

All the countries- USA, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Hungary and many other countries. How they saw this from the side and didn't do anything? Are my words being ignored.

God was sleeping during this horrible war! Now, I believe in god and in his existence.

Your friend,

Keren

## Final thoughts

Caiti, wow! Now, I think that I can call you: my friend!

I really enjoyed discussing with you about my thoughts, my feelings and hear what you think on this horror.

In this moment I only can say that a lot of students that discuss with your friends didn’t want to do it and feel like obligating them to write in the forum and they actually don’t want to correspond with you.

I feel that gave me a great opportunity to discuss with you. For me its wasn’t an obligation but privilege, fun and I enjoyed very match to talk with you and know other people in other country.

I think that the people that you know not much, can help you more and you can know them better then a person that is by your side.

When I discuss with you on NIGHT I really appreciated your opinion and always agree with your thoughts. Your thoughts were almost like mine. I really enjoyed to read your thoughts and feelings in the part of "Where Is God?". The book Night was an excellent book and I impressed from the thoughts of Elie Wiesel and his writing.

The horror in this book is so little from what happened in the holocaust. We will never know what was there really. To know what they pass we need to be there but its will be horrible if this thing will happen again. Its cant happens again! We have to prevent it!

Your friend, Caiti, and I will be happy to receive your mail or messenger.

Sincerely,

Keren

Dear Sean,

How are you? Wow! This project is over!

I really enjoyed discussing with you about my thoughts, my feelings and hear what you think on this holocaust.

I feel that gave me a great opportunity to discuss with you. For me its wasn’t an obligation but privilege, fun and I enjoyed very match to talk with you and know other people in other country.

When I discuss with you on NIGHT I really appreciated your opinion and always agree with your thoughts.

I really enjoyed to read your thoughts and feelings. The book Night was an excellent book and I impressed from the thoughts of Elie Wiesel and his writing.

The horror in this book is so little from what really happened in the holocaust. We will never know what was there really. To know what they pass we need to be there but its will be horrible if this thing will happen again. Its cant happens again! We have to prevent it!

Your friend,

Sincerely,

Keren :)

## Slimmer snacks- Talking in the class

The text deals with reducing the packs of the snacks that we eat.

This action helps to American population keep their weight.

The snacks also contain less white sugar and less saturated fat that cause us to be Fatten.

The calorie in one pack is only 100 calories.

This action is a clever way of appealing to weight consciousness.

The people will feel less guilty to eat small snack then a big one.

The best way to low fat is count of calories that we eat, in each day.

This count helps us keep daily diet and not to deviate from our quantity of calories that we should to eat in one day.

In addition, some nutrition says that this supervision on our count of calories will help us to be healthier in the future and more skinny.

It also increase conscious about the food that we eat and what it is contains.

((note| Excellent work, Keren. --Nellie Deutsch 21:12, 1 April 2009 (UTC)}}

## Comments

(: You are doing excellent work, Keren. --Nellie Deutsch 15:18, 18 April 2009 (UTC) )

## Reflections

We started the project in 25.11.2008 and I thought that it’s a bad idea and little bit strange to exchange letters with people from USA just for a book.

As the time passed, I changed my thoughts about it and really enjoyed writing to the American students in Denver. Now, I think that it was a great opportunity to learn English and I don’t feel that it was an obligation. I feel very lucky to talk with people in another country and read their thoughts about the holocaust and the war that happened here.

I was a partner of Caiti and Sean's and their letters were great!! Often I thought just like them.

And now my last discussions with my partners was in 6.2.2009 and my feelings about it completely changed. Now, I love to write them letters. I even have their Email address and messenger.

This is my opinion.

Keren

(: Excellent reflection, Keren. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. --Nellie Deutsch 11:57, 18 February 2009 (UTC))