Today's word: טקס

We attended the Yom Hashoah tekes (טקס or ceremony) tonight, organized by the neighborhood Scouts and Bnei Akiva kids. It was very much a small-town tekes. A few things came to mind while I stood and watched: It never occurred to me before how it must have been for the Mizrachi population to get to... Continue Reading →

The final final.

I don't want to make promises, because you just never know over here... But I'm %99.99 sure that I just finished my last ever final at Bar Ilan University... ...And I totally rocked it. Take that, Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation! Here's a portrait of the calm before the final: It's not the end of my... Continue Reading →

City feature: Caesarea

Caesarea is one of those Israeli cities that, when coming up in conversation, everyone nods their heads and says, "Oh yes, beautiful place, I'd like to get back there one of these days." After hearing that for over three years, I decided it was time. We took a day of our chol hamoed and drove... Continue Reading →

Ma nishtana ha Pessach ha ze?

What makes this Passover different from all other Passovers? It's the first one where I'm making my own seder while combining the traditions I grew up experiencing with someone else and his own traditions. I feel like this is the type of thing we all think about and wonder as kids (ok maybe just those... Continue Reading →

A little thing about home(land) cooking.

There is something so completely special - when you can look past the depressing, lonely, sad aspects - about being an olah in Israel, cooking your family's traditional Passover recipes for your own seder with fellow olim... My grandmother is far far away, but here I am, across the world, continuing her delicious traditions and... Continue Reading →

The Computer Engineer's Haggadah.

Had to share this email I got at work today. Bear with me, I work in the hi tech realm; therefore, I thought this was funny: The Computer Engineer's Haggadah Release ISRAEL ISRAEL running in slave mode, cannot release Set ISRAEL;mode=master Pharaoh already running in master mode, cannot change ISRAEL Set Pharaoh;mode=slave Command ignored Load... Continue Reading →

A Passover bonus for everyone.

This is sweet. My company gave us our usual Passover bonuses in the form of gifts bought via Sderot, so that Sderot vendors make some money off of the deal as opposed to vendors elsewhere. Since the population of Sderot has been suffering for years now, and business has suffered along with it, there has... Continue Reading →

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