Israel


Yom Kippur in Israel
Israel, Judaism |
September 27, 2010

Yom Kippur in Israel

All of the holidays in Israel are somewhat of a surreal experience. This is especially the case for any of us who come from towns, cities, or places where we aren’t surrounded by Jews constantly. If you live in Crown Heights or Boro Park or Williamsburg or even the Pico/Robertson area in LA… you are surrounded by Jews. You don’t feel like a minority but in Vero Beach, Florida or Broomfield, Colorado… you would be hard pressed to find someone “like” you. And so has been my existence. Judaism was a family......

Continue Reading


Childish Memory
Israel |
September 21, 2010

Childish Memory

Prior to coming back to Jerusalem this summer, I had a very fuzzy but definitive picture of Jerusalem in my mind. It was built upon memories from the mind of 16 year old me. From the time I came to Jerusalem for the fall semester of my junior year of high school… 13 years ago. There were landmarks in my mind… Ben Yehuda street, Hebrew Union College/Beit Shmuel, King David street, the YMCA, Jabotinsky street, Independence Park… along with less well known locales. The shouk on the corner that was open on......

Continue Reading


A quick Yom Kippur post
Israel |
September 20, 2010

A quick Yom Kippur post

I had an AMAZING Yom Kippur in Tzfat this past weekend. I am thoroughly exhausted from such an amazing trip so I will post more later but just to hold you over, here are some pics from the trip – http://bit.ly/Tzfat4YK...

Continue Reading


We have to walk?! Where?
Israel, Judaism |
September 16, 2010

We have to walk?! Where?

Here’s something you need to know about Jerusalem. Other than people park/drive on the sidewalks so be careful. It’s actually a smallish town. And public transportation and the shops close down for the sabbath. For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about, here is a crash course. On the sabbath, otherwise known as Shabbat or Shabbis or Shabbos, G-d gave us some prohibitions. Since G-d rested on the 7th day, so are we supposed to. This irons out to 39 types of work that a prohibited. Forbidden......

Continue Reading


Traveling Talia for Tishrei, Pt 2

Once I actually found the sherut (taxi van), I had to tell them where I was going… I (I know, I know silly me) didn’t actually write down the address, I just knew it in my head. But when they asked me… I was pronouncing it like an American… and not correctly. And I had forgotten it was a two word name Hizkiyahu HaMelech. Only the document I had had the first word spelled Yehesikayhu… at least I knew my neighborhood, Ketamon. As we drive towards Jerusalem, we are stopped several times......

Continue Reading


Traveling Talia for Tishrei

Okay, I couldn’t resist the alliteration but I have already traveled and it is not yet Tishrei. We are still in the holy, soul checking month of Elul. However, I have traveled. I left my safe and lovely home in Denver Colorado (as well as my delightful and fun colleagues at Patheos) to travel all by my lonesome to Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel. The travel part was long. It involved a rented minivan and drive from Denver to NYC as my younger brother was starting grad school in the city.......

Continue Reading


Introducing Totoro
Israel, Totoro |
September 13, 2010

Introducing Totoro

Hi. My name is Totoro. I am a Japanese character well known from movies like My Neighbor Totoro. What most people don’t realize is that I am actually Jewish (my mother’s maiden name as Kohen and I was named after my Zaide, Tuviya). I am headed on an adventure to Israel. Join me for the fun! That’s me, I’m hanging out in my Colorado apartment surveying the insane amount of packing left to do! But rather than pack, I really feel like checking out some wikipedia details on Israel....

Continue Reading


Taking personal responsiblity

Breslov Men Don ‘Veils’ En Route to Reb Nachman’s Grave This is what I was talking about way back when (here) about men taking responsibility for themselves. So you have a standard of modesty. Good. That is a good thing. But you can’t force everyone else to live up to it. G-d gave us free choice and that free choice extends to our levels of modesty. I understand that people are up in arms because they think it is a Muslim idea to wear a veil but they are wrong. Don’t Jewish......

Continue Reading


Dear G-d. Please let these suitcases be under 50 pounds.

Look. I honestly admit that I over pack. I couldn’t lie about that. One trip with me and you would see right though my ruse. But in the past few years I have tried to be more strategic, packing reusable outfits, less shoes, and when I visit my ‘sisters’ in NYC, packing little and letting them dress me. But seriously, I am going to Israel for FIVE MONTHS! This is no ordinary, stay in a hotel, relax by the pool vacation! There are needs here! Toiletries, bedding, towels, okay I know I......

Continue Reading


Living in NYC is nothing like living in Colorado

Okay, I mean yes, that is somewhat of a ‘DUH’ statement but it really hit us once we were settled into Ronin’s new apartment. 1. NO AIR-CONDITIONING!! WHAT?! Seriously, like the hottest summer on record and no relief. I would sit on an air-conditioned subway car all day rather than sit in the sticky, hot apartment. 2. Teeny, tiny spaces! Bathroom = small. Bedrooms = small. Living room = small. Kitchen = small. Elevator = small. I have to say, though, that I am way impressed with New Yorkers. They really know......

Continue Reading


Page 4 of 6« First...23456