Wayfaring

adjective
1. (of a person) traveling on foot.

15
Jan
2015
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Israel: The Solution or the Enabler?

My life, as of late, has not been centered on being Jewish, practicing Judaism, etc. It is, however, entirely ingrained in Jewish culture right now. I wake up in the morning and commute to a school where the large majority of children are Jewish, some who keep Kosher and even kiss the mezuzah every time...
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6
Jan
2015
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Why Can’t We Be (Foreign) Friends?

Friends are important, especially when living abroad. Without the gravity of relationships pulling you down to the (foreign) ground, it’s almost impossible to feel connected to the place where you park your camel (yes, that was my attempt at a joke about Israel). This connection, I’ve learned, is the kind of feeling you don’t realize,...
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29
Dec
2014
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Birthday Indigestion

It’s not the huge bowl of hummus I just ate. That queasy self-awareness is coming from that birthday I just swallowed. Another year went down the old pipe a few days ago and I’m left with a heartburn I can’t tame with a simple pop of Tums. I’m aware that turning 24 should not be looked at...
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16
Dec
2014
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Home for the Holidays

I currently live in a Jewish state and I’ve only just begun to comprehend the implications of that simple, yet entirely loaded statement. What made me finally realize that I am living in nation-state created to stand as a home for millions of Jews around the world? It wasn’t the fact that nationwide, buses, shops...
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8
Dec
2014
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My Weekly (Not So) Routine

Topics and the blog posts that follow have no scarcity for me here in Israel. There are no lack of ideas or concepts I consider discussing, but as I sit down to write this Sunday, I must stop and simply detail the days that made up an especially spectacular week. Each day was so different, so...
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27
Nov
2014
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Why I Am Thankful for 5th Graders

I am partaking in the most dynamic philanthropic experience of my life – I teach English to kids that speak Hebrew while I learn to speak Hebrew. Surprisingly, benefits outweigh the hardships here. As any one of the fellows on my 10-month program could tell you and as you probably expect, it’s difficult to communicate at times....
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18
Nov
2014
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How to Spot a Sabra

After what feels like a year (in reality it’s been 2 and half months), I can confidently say that I love Israelis. I love the adorable brown-haired kids in my classes who tell me how beautiful I am. I love the old women on the bus who, without asking, continue to consider me their personal...
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5
Nov
2014
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8 Things I Learned from Mom and Dad

With my life taking new twists and turns everyday, I felt the need to stop, breathe and reboot. The unfamiliar and unique make up most of my time here in Israel, and you could say I’m getting a bit nostalgic for the good old days. The days where dance team practice dictated my days and...
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1
Nov
2014
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Functional Strangers to Dysfunctional Family

Sitting at the impromptu Shabbat dining table we set up that morning, I looked around at my fellow teaching fellows, all clean and bright and wearing their Saturday’s best. We were taking part in the Shabbos Project, an initiative that brings Jews together to celebrate Shabbat on the same day all around the world. In the...
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28
Oct
2014
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A Lesson on Israeli Education

A handful of Israeli fifth graders file into a small room and choose their seats at one of the two-top tables in front of them. I smile at them with a million dollar American smile. “Welcome to English class!” They shyly smile back, knowing they’ve been specially chosen to take part in my classroom activity....
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