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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Great Dectective Radio Shows Online

I think we know by now that I am obsessive about Sherlock Holmes and the classic versions of them on the radio. Well, since I have been in Israel, I have found a really great podcast on iTunes that offers a huge selection of the best detective stories from old radio online. Great Detectives of Old Time Radio has a knowledgeable host and extensive archives. I have listened to most of his Holmes podcasts and have started enjoying others, like Let George Do It and The Thin Man. I definitely recommend checking......

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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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Lightning Bolt…
Random |
November 23, 2010

Lightning Bolt…

A lightning bolt hit me tonight and boy was that inconvenient. Really, lightning? While I am trying to take a quick nap? Arggh… The upside of this odd weather pattern was the insane flow of words that flew out of my brain and hands… More to come....

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Latke Lovers Contest!
Judaism |
November 22, 2010

Latke Lovers Contest!

Hey guys! My work is hosting a Latke Lovers contest for all the immas out there! Do you have what it takes to create latkes your friends and family rave about? Enter Metroimma’s Latke Lovers contest and win some amazing prizes*…as well as your name in lights! All you have to do is get your family and friends to go to the contest listing on the Metroimma facebook page and post the comment “Our MetroImma _____________ makes the best latkes you’ve ever tasted!” The Metroimma who gets the most comments (including “likes”)......

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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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Imagined conversation with G-d on Friday night

My friend Rucheli and I were sitting at a shabbis table on Friday night and we noticed some humorous, if not annoying things. This was how our imagined conversation went. Talia: No really, G-d… what is up with this? Our shabbis table, really? G-d, the almighty: Whatever Talia, deal with it. Talia: Seriously? G-d, the infinite: Seriously. Talia: Let’s take this outside. At which point we erupted into a huge fit of giggles. Maybe it is just one of those things where you had to be there but what we were doing......

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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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