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Back from the Holy Land
Israel, Judaism |
January 24, 2011

Back from the Holy Land

Okay… I get the point… I stink… I am sorry. I have been back to America for 20 days and to Colorado for just over two weeks and I haven’t posted a blog. Very not cool of me. But you see, I have been so overwhelmed with this reentry/transition back to my regularly scheduled life… It was like I froze Talia and took a trip in an alternate universe. Now I’ve come back to find out that the world has moved on but not only was regular Talia frozen, she has this......

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A New Year, A New You
Israel, Judaism |
December 31, 2010

A New Year, A New You

I wrote this post for MetroImma and we couldn’t run it but I really liked it so I am going to post it here, enjoy! (Thanks to Cindy, who got the piece started.) New Year, New You? Some Jews get offended if you refer to January 1st as The New Year, as if recognition of it somehow undermines the legitimacy of Rosh HaShanah.  It doesn’t have to be a huge celebration or even a nod to secularism or other faiths.  But there’s also no reason why we shouldn’t use every opportunity to......

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Mayanot Banquet Monologue
Israel |
December 27, 2010

Mayanot Banquet Monologue

Last night, I performed a monologue that I wrote for the Mayanot Women’s Program third anniversary banquet. I have since had several requests for copies of the monologue. I am posting it here. Please don’t not take it without permission. Thank you! Click on the purple to enlarge:...

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Chanukah in Jerusalem
Israel, Judaism |
December 18, 2010

Chanukah in Jerusalem

While Chanukah has always been an important part of my Jewish life, it was never a focal point. It isn’t a major holiday in Judaism and is rabbinic in nature. What does that mean? Well, many of the holidays we celebrate within Judaism are written about in the Torah. They are handed down by G-d to be observed in a certain way. There are only two holidays that are ‘man made’ as it were. Those are Chanukah and Purim. Ask any American Jewish school kid or adult and they will most likely......

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Totoro Goes to School, Part 2

I know you saw my video from last week of me dancing with my friend Ze’ev. We took a few pictures together (again, thank you Talia) in class that day. Here are a few: I really learned a lot that day in Ze’ev’s class. Not to mention that we got to watch Matisyahu’s new music video for his Chanukah song and it was awesome. But really, Ze’ev is helping us understand the land conflict in Israel and how to speak about it as educated Jews. We were talking about rights to the......

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Totoro goes to school
Israel, Totoro |
December 01, 2010

Totoro goes to school

Well, I have been enjoying my classes for a while now but I have been so focused on being a good student, that I forgot to document it! Well, I was in one of my favorite classes – The David Project – taught by a certain Ze’ev Orenstein. It is a facinating class about the political realities of Israel and land rights. Really a great class and Ze’ev is a fun guy. So he was playing some Chanukah music for us at the beginning of class and we decided to dance together…......

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Final Dig (B)Log
Indiana Jones, Israel |
November 21, 2010

Final Dig (B)Log

As I write this (on my iPhone to be transcribed to my blog later), I am on a bus headed to Tzfat for Shabbat. I am excited to see friends, be around the familiar Jewish rituals, and go back to school. But our bus just passed the dig site at Magdala. I saw Martin’s hat up over the nearly 6 foot deep dig site. I saw the crew under the pottery tent and the two white vans that careened along the lakeside highway to get us to and from the site. I......

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Lesson # 102 – Cut the roots, don’t make the wall fall down or “I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille.”

Hey, even walls need to look pretty for pictures. Today we were cleaning the site to make it ready for some aerial pictures tomorrow. So we were sweeping (yup… dirt on dirt, I know), pulling up rocks, and trimming the roots. But if you pull or cut too much the wall will fall in. Our dig supervisor, Marcela joked that if I cut too much and made one fall on top of me and I was hurt, she would be sure to tell the paper that it was Talia Davis who knocked......

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Lesson #13 – Birds are cool but pottery is cooler or “I’m tired, do we really have to ride a golf cart around and look at birds?”

Pre-lesson: When your dig supervisor rattles off in crazy fluent Spanish, sometimes you don’t want to know what she is saying. It has been really interesting hanging out with my awesome, new friends from Mexico. I came to Israel knowing that everyone here pretty much speaks English so that shouldn’t be an issue. It has only been since I have been hanging out with the Mexicans do I feel like I am in another country. The funniest part was when the Arab caretakers and the Mexican volunteers were all trying to speak......

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