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Lesson #65 – How to write with a fountain pen and ink or “Do I really have to write on that tiny piece of pottery?”

This morning, I knew I was in for something different. Having requested not to use a pickax while my body recovered from the work, I was sent to the pottery cleaning and marking. It was a lot of fun but still hard work. Here’s my supposition… on a dig, there is nothing but hard work. You can’t escape and really, I didn’t want to. Here’s the deal with pottery marking. There are tons and tons of shards that have been found. Approx 300 BAGS of them at this point in the dig.......

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You speak Hebrew like my mother speaks Chinese…

Says the Israeli Arab man to me… Great. Thanks… at least I KNEW what you were asking… I knew to answer that I am from Colorado and achshav, gar b’yerushalim (and now I live in Jerusalem). And who taught me Hebrew? Ulpan v’abba sheli! (Hebrew class in Israel and my dad)… But Habibi… I appreciate you trying and helping me practice my Hebrew. Interesting experience. On a dig with a 10 Mexicans who can speak okay English, one Slovakian who also speaks okay English, in Israel with Israeli workers who speak Hebrew......

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Lesson #42 – How to wield a pickax or “I am SO not built for this”

All in all day one was successful. I cleared a trench another 10 centimeters. It was hard work and took me the whole time we were at the site. We got up at 4:45am… it came way too soon… Up and dressed… Off we went! We headed to the site but one girl got sick so we had to drive her back. Finally, we make it to the site to eat a small breakfast of cereal and watch the sunrise. Then we walked over to the dig site. The synagogue isn’t being......

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And I am off!
Indiana Jones, Israel |
November 14, 2010

And I am off!

What a whirlwind! I found out, quite literally, 10 minutes before shabbis began that I am leaving today to go to an archeological dig up north! How crazy! It has been a blur of grabbing supplies, packing and getting a lot of work done before I leave today. I have to go catch a bus at 3:30 to head up north tonight since the dig begins at 5:30am tomorrow (Monday). So I will be in Tiberias for the week, using my sleeping muscles and exercising my body rather than my brain. I......

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I long for my mother’s Jerusalem

When I told my mother I was going to be studying in Jerusalem for the fall, the first words out of her mouth were (and I kid you not), “After Sukkot? Bring rain boots!” Her advice was born out of her experience living in Israel with my father in the 70’s where they were deluged with rain and she had to purchase wellies here in Jerusalem. And so I brought the less comfortable but more waterproof black boots with me on my adventure (rather than my go-to every(winter)day boots that I wanted......

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I’m feeling rather bl(ah)(og)…

I know I should be over the moon that I have the opportunity to study full time but all I can think about is all the things I need to do and accomplish and where I am deficient. It can’t help that I feel like I have to cram as much learning as I can into my time in Israel since I’m older… it’s as if for every year over 18 or 22 I am, I have to work that much harder, go to that many more classes, answer that many more......

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Cats in Israel
Israel |
October 20, 2010

Cats in Israel

I literally just watched a woman…a HUMAN BEING… cross the street to get out of a CAT’S path!! What?! Since when do human beings have to get out of the way for cats? Since I live in Israel, actually. The cats have their own underworld here. I sincerely believe there is a cat mafia and they have cat stores and little corrupt cat government officials. They run the place! No but seriously, what’s with the cats in Israel? Well here’s the short story....

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Urban Exploration at Lifta
Israel |
October 18, 2010

Urban Exploration at Lifta

Rucheli and I had an AMAZING trip to Lifta this week. It is an abandoned old neighborhood that was last inhabited in 1948. There are about 50 stone building still ‘standing’ (and I used that word loosely). There are some squatters who live there but mainly it is like a nature preserve. Rucheli wrote an amazing blog about it so until I can get to it, I shall point you there – Rucheli’s Writings And if you want to check out the awesome pics, head over to our Flickr pages! Talia’s Pics......

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Inferior vs. Superior Heath Care Systems

Living in America, there is a lot of talk about the heath care systems of the United States. Americans want to believe that since we live in America, we must have the best of everything including the dysfunctional mess we call insurance and health care. Let’s talk turkey. I have lived without insurance for more than 11 years in America. Now many of you are saying, “what an irresponsible girl!” Okay, well thanks for that but the reality is, my parents lost their insurance therefore I did when I was 18ish. In......

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You Shall Live in Booths…

Sukkot in Jerusalem is really a sight to be seen. There are sukkahs on top of sukkahs. Every restaurant has one on the street (why? because men especially must eat all their food in a sukkah, if that is your minhag and if a restaurant wants to be open during sukkot, they have to have a sukkah for these guys) and walking home at night, you see these beautiful booths lit up on every street. As soon as Yom Kippur is over, it is tradition to start building your sukkah. Some......

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