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......

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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......

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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!...

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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......

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Lacking Something…
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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......

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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......

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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......

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The Space In-between…

I have a blog to write… it’s about intermarriage and the effect on kids and I interviewed a friend for it but really what’s on my mind right now is this… I live in a space in-between too many worlds. Not good enough or well bred enough for this one. Unsatisfied with that one. Randomly falling into this or that. UGH! Here’s the problem, in a nutshell… I didn’t grow up an Orthodox Jew. I grew up in a family full of illustrious and talented Reform Jewish rabbis. Judaism was always my......

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National Day of (Christian only) Prayer?

What if the National Day of Prayer meant we actually came together as a country, despite our differences and prayed together? What if we lived in a country where a kid like me wasn’t bullied for trying to participate with the Christian kids in the National Day of Prayer… because I think jesus was a nice Jewish kid who was misunderstood? So I there has been a lot of conversation about the National Day of Prayer and all that hoopla. Officially, today is the “National Day of Prayer.” Initially, sounds cool, right?......

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A Guide to the Jewish Year… and the Jewish people

My friend posted this on Facebook and I thought… damn, that’s true… well, sometimes! 🙂 A Guide to Jewish Holidays: Purim is for alcoholics. Pesach is for obsessive compulsives. Shavuot is for insomniacs. Lag B’omer is for pyromaniacs unsatisfied with Hanukkah. Tisha B’av is for depressives. Rosh Hashana is for those obsessed over dying. Yom Kippur is for anorexics. Sukkot is for the homeless. Simchat Torah is for those in the happy stages of bipolar… And people wonder why Jews invented psychoanalysis....

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