Tag: Life


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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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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I long for my mother’s Jerusalem

When I told my mother I was going to be studying in Jerusalem for the fall, the first words out of her mouth were (and I kid you not), “After Sukkot? Bring rain boots!” Her advice was born out of her experience living in Israel with my father in the 70’s where they were deluged with rain and she had to purchase wellies here in Jerusalem. And so I brought the less comfortable but more waterproof black boots with me on my adventure (rather than my go-to every(winter)day boots that I wanted......

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Just Keep Swimming
Judaism |
November 01, 2010

Just Keep Swimming

This past week, the Torah portion that we read we Chayei Sarah. In Hebrew this means “The Life of Sarah.” The odd thing about this parsha (portion) is that in the first line we read about the death of Sarah. How is this about her life if in the very first line, she dies? Well, everyone has their theories… so let me tell you mine. In Berakhot 18ab our sages tell us “The wicked are called dead even in their lifetime, but the righteous, even after death are called living.” Throughout the......

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A Must Read…
Judaism |
October 26, 2010

A Must Read…

Usually I am always promoting my blog or what not but I would really love it if my readers used this link – Tuning Our Lives – and went over to my friend Rucheli’s blog to read the most amazing story. She is eloquent and intelligent and this story is beautiful....

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Hashkafic Awareness 101
Judaism |
October 22, 2010

Hashkafic Awareness 101

Your  השקפה – hashkafa is your level of observance/philosophy towards your Jewish practice. This has been seriously highlighted (highlit?) in my life lately. Really ever since I came to Jerusalem. Being on a path to increased observance for almost 12 years, there have been subtle changes to my hashkafa and some less subtle ones. Subtle – realizing all the sudden one day that I am not as comfortable as I have been in the past singing or dancing in front of men. Not subtle – dressing modestly, even in the heat of......

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Cats in Israel
Israel |
October 20, 2010

Cats in Israel

I literally just watched a woman…a HUMAN BEING… cross the street to get out of a CAT’S path!! What?! Since when do human beings have to get out of the way for cats? Since I live in Israel, actually. The cats have their own underworld here. I sincerely believe there is a cat mafia and they have cat stores and little corrupt cat government officials. They run the place! No but seriously, what’s with the cats in Israel? Well here’s the short story....

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Zivug vs Beshert
Judaism |
October 10, 2010

Zivug vs Beshert

In one of my classes last week we were talking about marriage and the concept of Beshert or Zivug. Beshert means soul-mate and zivug, as best as I can find means pair or partner. We were not able to get a clear or seemingly correct answer to the question of the difference of these two. All of the people that I have asked have indicated that in current times, they are exchangeable, meaning the same thing. Some sources online postulated that a beshert is just a match but your zivug is the......

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A journey to matter… a hike to BE

I am on a journey. We know the journey never ends. At least that is what all the stories and moshuls* and cliche’s tell us. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Every step along the way provides new cognizance, illumination, and often times erudition of ideas. I have lived 30 long years. Nothing in my life was given or taken in halves. When life was really mamish** good, it was good and when it was bad… it was mamish bad. And דווקא (davka***), I always came out the other end, eventually......

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