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Orange-haired Mizrachi lady.

In my head, I gave her three guesses. “So you’re achrei tzava?” “No. I wasn’t in the army. I’m an olah chadasha.” “Oh, you look 20, chamuda. So you’re 18?” “Yeah, I know… No, 23.” “You probably hear that a lot…” “Yeah.” “What nice shirt! So did you get that back in Russia?” “No… the […]

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Pay it forward.

Again, writing a letter to someone to help them out. Thought I’d share it, make the love go round: It’s cool to hear from you, and awesome to hear your aliyah plans have started to take action… The application process should be the least of your worries… as long as you have all the paperwork […]

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Do it in another country.

t: is the oleh process getting easier as time goes on? do u find urself much more adjusted now than u did months ago?m: oh for sure… i have a job and school… i have no reason to return to america, and the only reasons i miss new york are superficialt: wow.. that’s great to […]

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Keepsakes from the mother-land.

Mother writes me today about some antiques she has found in the house and would like to know if I’d be interested in having them one day. My reply: “…I think that is stuff I would like later on when I have a more permanent living/life situation and want things from the ‘old country’ to […]

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note:

another note on the israeli shopping mall experience: walking through crowded Zara and noticing the many bored, tired men waiting for their girlfriends/wives/crushes – whether american yeshiva student, arse, or charedi…

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we all need answers…

A: well…what is ur ultimate purpose coming to Israel?L: hmm. live life here? do what i wanna do here?A: what was ur purpose in coming here?L: live my jewish life in israel.A: why, religion isnt driving u…L: yeah it is, maybe not traditional-looking religion or yeshiva-looking religion, but if i werent jewish i wouldnt be […]

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a little bit more of the usual.

sunday morning. time to buy a new cartisiya (bus card). note to liz: now you have a job, no more getting 18 and under cards with ten free rides. you have a job now, you can afford to be legit. alight the bus. pass by the youngish lady who is chatting with bus driver. smile […]

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Aliyah, stage 1.

hiya A, …had an interesting convo with my mom today. she’s afraid that i’m not moving enough, not being productive enough, and i’ll hate this and come home. did i say afraid? ha, possibly hoping. well, she wants me to be ‘happy’. she is rooting for me, in the sense that i find what i […]

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collateral damage.

i’m learning the casualties of living far from everything that has become everything ‘else’ – tragedies, celebrations get left behind, lack of understanding/expression. it’s frustrating. just have to keep looking ahead. i chose to move away from these people, and consequentially, their ‘stuff’. it’s going to get more difficult with time, since i can’t fly […]