Finding Meaningful Work Part II: Activist Art & Organizations

Last week I wrote about discovering meaningful work and left off with an allusion to social media as a peacebuilding platform. I want to try and explain my vision for this path through a series of well-timed events I attended/watched/discovered this week. I’m a big believer in synchronicity and “connecting the dots”; noticing patterns and trends of concepts that seem to pop up from various directions … Continue reading Finding Meaningful Work Part II: Activist Art & Organizations

How Passover Led To The World’s First Humanities Lecture

In keeping my new weekly tradition (and not getting too mad at myself for skipping a couple of weeks), I listened to the Torah portion from Passover and have attempted to apply the teachings from it to modern life. Skip to the bottom for a Too Long; Didn’t Read synopsis.  The Jewish people received the Ten Commandments and entered Israel only after enduring years of slavery … Continue reading How Passover Led To The World’s First Humanities Lecture

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Tagging Nostalgia

At the Brooklyn Night Bazaar the other night, I traveled to Thailand, Berlin and Israel. Three places I’ve actually visited relatively recently. You walk into this warehouse in Williamsburg, where illuminated paper lanterns on the ceiling offer a warm glow to a large, one-room space. Aisles of vendors extend back into the darkness. A dark-light miniature golf course with celebrity cardboard cut-outs sits to your … Continue reading The Brooklyn Night Bazaar: Tagging Nostalgia

Watching the War from Across the World

I don’t want to sound dramatic. I used to hate when I was living in Tel Aviv and American friends and family would call me and act as though the world was coming to an end, due to the latest border skirmish between Israel and either the West Bank or Gaza. I remember being there during December of 2008, when Operation Cast Lead conducted 2 … Continue reading Watching the War from Across the World

NY Silent Peace Walk

I went on a silent walk for peace last week. It was organized as a demonstration to show support for Israeli-Palestinian solidarity. Designed with Buddhist principals, there was to be no shouting, no posters. Just walking and peace. About 500 people showed up, and after some introductory remarks by event organizers and peace leaders, we walked in a single file around Central Park for almost … Continue reading NY Silent Peace Walk

The Dog Park Ritual as a Place of Belonging

כשהאדמה של הפארק הייתה מכוסה בבוץ דווקא לשם הלכתי לנקות את הראש Though the ground was covered in mud, This is where I cleared the mud from my head. Meir Park. “Gan Meir” is its Hebrew name. Located in the center of Tel Aviv, it’s small compared to Park Hayarkon in the northern part of the city – but its central location makes Gan Meir … Continue reading The Dog Park Ritual as a Place of Belonging

A Slightly Less-Jewish Fall Feeling

Fall is here, and so is that “Fall feeling”. I keep thinking of this insightful line by blogger OriginalTitle: “. . . it is now the very early beginning of September and Halloween decorations, sweaters and pumpkin paraphernalia already decorate all venues of mass consumption meant to make you think you discovered the season including Halloween and Thanksgiving on your own when really it is fully by design.” Totally … Continue reading A Slightly Less-Jewish Fall Feeling

AFTER 6-MONTHS BACK: 7 Israeli Quirks I Want to Keep

I’ve been back for 6 months after living in Israel for almost 4 years. I returned to the States in March. This is probably not exciting to anyone but me (and my mom), but it feels weirdly huge to me. And even though this is my blog – I don’t want my mom to be the only person who reads this, so I’m going to … Continue reading AFTER 6-MONTHS BACK: 7 Israeli Quirks I Want to Keep