Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ixnay on the ottenray

One of the best time killers for the kids is blowing bubbles. I really get a kick watching them stare down the floating bubbles, trying to grab them, some of them even space out.... Anyway their reaction reminded me how the monster in young frankenstein acts when "frau blucha" plays the violin..

Monday, November 24, 2008

Havdallah In Beirav, Tsfat

Dang. How do I get back ?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

building up for the future :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Falling All Around...

T. T. O. "Row Row Your Boat"
leaves leaves
falling down
falling on the ground
red, yellow, green and brown
falling on the ground

Monday, October 27, 2008

The grass is always greener on the other side

From Israel Travels

The real challenge is when you were on the green side and then knowingly stepped over to the brown. Not because you desired it but  - what had to be done....had to be done.

I saved some seeds from the old garden and I'm using those to replenish the one I've moved in to - and I have to be careful to not forget to water them.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Doug - the class fish

From Georgia
Always discovering 

Monday, September 01, 2008

Just noticing

Driving on the road in Israel, you might encounter...this...

And in America, you will find this....

On a side note, I've noticed that everyone in the south insists on smiling to strangers and it tends to really throw me off guard...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Exit Right

My last morning in Israel.

I had that overwhelming feeling of - that overused word- bittersweet. There was this tug to the right, new things lay ahead. Then a pull to the left, I love it here...My mind went blank (which was more of a relief because its always abnormally busy with thoughts). And I just stood there, watching the rising sun, listening to the birds, cars, wind in trees. Maybe I even prayed a little that what comes next will be just as positive and fulfilling.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


The coal is smoldering inside of you,
keep fanning it till it burns to a flame.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

And then..

We had a 10 day vacation at Machon Alte between the winter and summer program.
So I got myself a travel buddy, packed my bag with three outfits, a toothbrush and some money and took the next bus out of Tsfat.

In our travels we went to Ein Gedi, Mitzpeh Ramon, Tel Aviv, Jaffo, Kfar Adumim, Beer Sheva, Jerusalem, Ramat Gan and Chevron.
I took about 16 egged buses, ate cottage cheese for breakfast every day, slept in random places (including an absorption center), got a tan, hardly showered and spent as much as i planned to spend - but still it was a lot for a student budget.

Any way, it was great and I think everyone should get the "backpacking" experience at least once in their life.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

That's Your Choice

Stand Strong.

Thursday, June 05, 2008


A fire at the Metzuda

Started by them?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tsfat Fun

And you thought Tsfat was boring?

I decided to add the bottle of coke to the "Israel Collection" in my room and as I placed it on the shelf, I observed the order in which they appeared and thought - hmmm, the evolution of society?

Friday, May 09, 2008

Monday, May 05, 2008

Don't Fall Behind

Didn't you realize?

If you're not growing, then you're falling.
And if descent is really what you want, then make sure to put your whole self into it.
Otherwise its a waste.
A waste of life and purpose.
An insult to the child that is struggling to take it's first steps.
Because, It's nice that you've overcome what I'm just beginning

But what of it now, if it's not going anywhere?

And please tell me, why is it always the children,
the innocent, the new - that are the keys to our emotion and self-pity toward one another.

This all spilled into my mind at the park.
As one man sits, strokes his long beard with one hand and reaches for his daughter with the other.
Then take notice of other children zooming past on their bikes.
To the left, a group of college girls are giggling while drinking ice coffee.
And found on the right in the corner is an old man on a bench slumped over, next to his backpack.

Or maybe growth is really sort of inevitable.
But when you're aware of its importance
All the more better life is.

Don't forget to not regret

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Moving On

They've walked on Hollywood Boulevard and across ancient holy-land in Israel.
Its funny, it's weird, cliche.
No matter, I still feel that my shoes tell a pretty cool story.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

It Was Fun While it Lasted

The testimonial to 14 years of my life ended in a few short breaths Saturday afternoon. However with every ending there is a new beginning, so lets get to work.

R.I.P Augustus [a.k.a. Auggie]

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Light In the Darkest of Chambers

The view from my window at night...

Wishing everyone a happy and kosher Passover

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

20 Seconds of Joy

In the span of 20 seconds you can:

take a picture
write a lyric to a song
cross a street
pick a flower
eat a piece of chocolate
straighten your bangs
smile at a friend
tell a joke
tie your shoes
sketch a drawing
turn on your t.v. and surf through some channels
take a deep breath

The people in Sderot however, only have 20 seconds to run for cover before missiles hit the ground.

My heart is with Israel. 

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Goin' Back Home

Miracles come our way when least expected.

I'm going home for Passover so there might not be any posts for a while...

Monday, March 31, 2008

The Perspective

Who I am is how I see the world...

Stand aside and absorb the moments of life.

Will you be spent away in a rush? Is there any time left to just be?

Be it walking through unlit streets at night to sitting on a swing in the rain
 - stop moving and just feel.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Where do you spend your time and money? What do we focus our energy on?

I believe that sometimes people get side tracked in their daily activities.
We forget that there should be more to life then that perfect cup of coffee in the morning to the newest style of shoes.
Some won't even consider that there could be possibly more to life.

These ideas popped into my mind from random experiences of the past week.

Because I discovered that even though Tsfat is a mostly religious town, there are those that will spend time, money and energy over events they consider holy and everlasting...

And there are those who those who spend their time, money and energy into something else.

These examples are a little extreme, but I feel that my point still remains clear.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Yep, The Olive Tree Forest

There's not much to write about the Olive Tree Forest. Pictures tell the whole story, don't they? - Well maybe thats not exactly true, but these pictures do.

"Rabbi Yehoshuah Ben Levi said: Why is Israel compared to an olive tree? Because just as the leaves of an olive tree do not fall off either in summer or winter. So, too, the Jewish people shall not be cast off, neither in this world nor in the World to Come."
              - Tractate Menachot 51b

The Jewish people are like olive oil - always rising atop. 

Sorry folks, us Jews are gonna be sticking around a long while!