Judaism


Tired of Tiffs Over Tefillin…

What can I say, I can’t avoid the alliteration. I am sick and tired of the craziness over tefillin on airplanes. It seems like more and more planes are being brought down or moved to high alert if a Jewish man breaks out his tefillin on-board. But what is equally, if not more so, disturbing is the comments you find on these articles. An airplane is not a synagogue, mosque, church, temple, or cathedral. Pray discreetly and silently or perform your public display of piety for when you get on the ground.......

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Purim Goodies
Judaism |
March 15, 2011

Purim Goodies

The other day I was cruising around the internet, reading some of my friend’s blogs when I stumbled upon a post from my friend Hadassah about food. I like food. I like Kosher food. I especially like baked goods and since Purim is coming up, my mind has been on Hamentashen lately. For those of you who are staring at the computer screen with your head tilted to the side and feeling confused… Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the story in the book of Esther. In short (without all the......

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Me and My Yoga Mat
Judaism |
March 14, 2011

Me and My Yoga Mat

We have a very tumultuous relationship. It’s on again, off again and can burn hot for a few months but then cools off again. Most recently, I had a 7 month period where we weren’t speaking. Okay, so I did have to leave her in America while I went to Israel and please don’t tell PYM (Purple Yoga Mat) that I cheated on her with a pink one that you buy off the roll just off King George St in Jerusalem. But hey, what was a girl to do? I wanted to......

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The Never Ending Apartment Search As A Metaphor For Life

I need an apartment. I came home from Israel and have been staying with my folks but this girl is about to turn (cough cough) 30 and needs her space. I love my family and I am so thankful that despite close quarters they were willing to take me in… but I need my space. So I have been on the hunt for an apartment. First I had to get a job. Some level of stability is important, you don’t want to get a lease and then not be able to afford......

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Dear Egypt
Israel, Judaism |
February 03, 2011

Dear Egypt

Dear Egypt: Please stop looting your museums and for goodness sake, DON’T destroy your pyramids or the store-cities of Pithom and Ra’amses. We refuse to rebuild. Love, The Jews P.S. Great-Grandpa Moshe wants us to remind you that it was only through the good grace of God that we stopped at the number ’10.’ Don’t get any funny ideas about real estate to the east… It’s been all over Facebook and Twitter but I had to include it here. Look, it’s a funny joke but Israel is really in an awkward spot......

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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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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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