Cute video tribute to Sukkot, a completely underrated holiday outside of Israel... Also, chocolate milk in Israel is pretty awesome, too. Not a big fan of all the Glee-tastic music videos that come out around the Jewish holidays. This though, made me smile. Good job, Yosef.
The It Gets Better Project, a series of videos by famous and non-famous people coming out on being hopeful for LGBT teens, has been catching attention around the social media corners I hang out in. But I wonder if, aside from the teens who need the support, the misguided/hateful/ignorant people at the core of the problem are... Continue Reading →
What's wrong with this picture? Hint: It's an AEPi house at the University of Pennsylvania in December.
I have no idea how genetic testing works outside the Jew-on-Jew baby-making bubble, but for us in the family it's a fascinating tour through Jewish history. We went today to get checked out, just in case. I'm a mutt from one Turkish/Bulgarian parent and one Eastern European chulent mix parent. This automatically helps decrease the... Continue Reading →
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 →
Tonight was the first taping of Tuesday Night Live, "the first Israel-based Jewish TV show broadcast around the globe." I suppose I was curious about what all that meant (being aware that it is run by Ohr Olam and produced by Arutz Sheva). When we arrived and I got a pamphlet, it became clearer what... Continue Reading →
Tonight we went to Off the Wall comedy club (apparently the only comedy club in Jerusalem) for their open mic, where my new favorite Arab-American comedians were performing. Unlike a Mideast peace conference, this was not disappointing! (budump-bump?) Ray Hanania (Palestinian-American) and Sherif Hedayat (Egyptian-American) have been running around Israel - along with a few... Continue Reading →
Even though it's been a while since I've (really) prayed, I haven't forgotten the power of prayer or what it can do for a person - believer or not. This site got me all nostalgic, warm and fuzzy: Siddur Audio. I can't believe someone was cool enough to post audio recordings of davening along with... Continue Reading →
Back to work, back to chol, back to regular life in Israel. In case you're having a hard time adjusting, here's a reminder of what reality here is like: A Rabbi had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men, the... Continue Reading →