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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I’m leaving on a jet plane (Totoro)

Here’s a quick shot of me on the plane … Talia had to stash the camera before takeoff. We got nice seat behind the exit row with extra room. Boy were we lucky! And a big shout out to Talia for taking all these pics of me. Hoping that we can get some pics together soon. The flight was long but worth it. When we landed in Israel it was very hot but I immediately felt at home with the other dude with kippot and payis… except they aren’t blue like me…......

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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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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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