Comparisons to Hitler

One of the Patheos guys has been writing a series on the Tea Party and different implications of it. (To read his great, albeit right leaning, perspectives on the Tea Party click here.) In this last article, I was linked to some pictures of when Bush was in power. Now I am NOT a Bush fan and I did vote for Obama… It doesn’t mean that I think Obama is the messiah or anything but I realized a couple of things looking at these pictures. 1. It doesn’t matter what side of......

Continue Reading


The Bonds of Sisterhood

I don’t know if I can say that I was never a joiner… really I felt like I was always on the outskirts of the groups I was in… Cheerleading, Drama Club, Youth Group… but I was always looking for some broader connection. I think a lot of this came from my family. When I was very little we lived with my grandparents but as I got older, my dad found work away from the Northeast and we were our own unit. My aunts and uncles didn’t visit and my mom’s family......

Continue Reading


Dear Pop. A Letter From My Father to His.

I asked my father, Rebahir Davis, to write a piece about how his father inspired his Judaism for Patheos. His response was overwhelming to me as it brought back a flood of memories of my grandfather. However, it also gives a beautiful insight into the evolution of Judaism. Please take a minute to read it here – http://bit.ly/d6JzYK – comment on the article, share on Facebook or Twitter, etc. Thanks!...

Continue Reading


My Tatti Taught Me A Little Shuckel…

Okay, I admit it… I don’t have the best memory in the world but there are a few things from my childhood that stick out clearly. I have mentioned some of them before, here in this blog, but with Father’s Day rapidly approaching, I have asked my team to write about their father’s and how they shaped their Jewish life. And so, I thought I would talk about the memories from my childhood of my dad. My dad and me, 1983ish… these were called “Tali-Ups” The men in my life have always......

Continue Reading


Gimmel Tammuz – Lubavitcher Lore and Holy Days

Today marks an auspicious day on the Chabad Lubavitcher’s calendar. Today is Gimmel Tammuz (the third day of the month of Tammuz). On this day in 5754 or 1994 in Gregorian years, the Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away. This dealt a hard blow to the community. He and his wife were childless and he did not appoint a successor. This divided the community, some believing that he was the Moshiach (messiah) and some not believing in that. It is a topic that still divides Crown Heights today. A newly published biography of the......

Continue Reading


Capstone – Now I Need YOUR Help!

Hello! So I am in the data collection phase of this capstone and I need everyone’s help. I told my advisors that I have pretty good digital reach and a nice online network, now I have to prove it. I need at least 100 responses to this survey or my data isn’t really valid. PLEASE take this survey and have your friends do it as well. It isn’t very long or intrusive, I promise!!! Please take it asaps! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TaliasCapstone Thanks!...

Continue Reading


How do you find the words when they are spit back in your face?

I am emotionally exhausted. Since the boats with “peace activists” heading to Gaza was intercepted I have fought and fought this issue round and round with my friends and acquaintances. Emotionally, I am drained. My head hurts. I can’t think of the permutations any more. I want to just say that this is how it is, no more conversation. But nothing is ever so simple or easy. Here are some basic facts of the issue. I promise you, honestly, I am being as unbiased as possible. The flotilla was asked to dock......

Continue Reading


Lacking Something…
Judaism |
May 27, 2010

Lacking Something…

I have been a very bad blogger. Beyond being busy with Patheos work and my personal thesis for my Masters, there have been a couple other things going on. This year the Omer was particularly poignant. The Omer is a time when you should be reflecting on your life and working on personal growth but amidst that, I was asked to pray the section Resh of the 119 Psalm. Long story short, when someone is sick you read Psalm 119 and since it is so long, you read the letters that correspond......

Continue Reading


Pick Your Testament, It’s A Fact.

I was initially struck by the URL. RabbiDov.com/HateIsraelWeek… HATE ISRAEL WEEK? What is the world is Hate Israel Week? As I read, the good Rabbi made some insightful points, many similar to my father‘s arguments. As it turns out, at UCI around May 5th of every year, the Muslim Student Union hosts Hate Israel Week. Wow. I know it is kinda the popular thing right now… talking about Israel as the occupiers and vilifying Israelis. But the reality is that it was not so long ago that Israel was hailed as an......

Continue Reading


Social Media Experterie…

Yeah, I know that isn’t a word. 🙂 I have been working on my Capstone proposal for the culmination of my Master’s degree lately. It is do super soon… and I am just about to wrap up the proposal process. (Now I just have to cut 1000 words… yeah, I’m wordy, we know that right?)I came across this article on Twitter. I was initially attracted to it because I am a HUGE Sarah Evans fan (I started following her years ago and was very impressed by her ideas). But the other really......

Continue Reading


Page 29 of 37« First...1020...2728293031...Last »