Month: July 2016

I probably sound like a broken record, but here I go again—nothing could have prepared me for the intensity of what I am experiencing in Israel! And this has raised an interesting question—what is a healthy way to handle such intensity? Usually, I go from one extreme to the other; I’m either in denial about how intense it really is, or I’m drinking from … Read More

Like many, I came to Israel with many ideas—of the people, the land, the history, and the current cultural and political situation. Nothing could have prepared me for the cacophony of diverse voices I am greeted with every day—the right and left and everything in between, the Ultra-Orthodox, secular atheists and the unaffiliated, the women with wigs and men with payos and teenagers in … Read More

“You are wherever your thoughts are…make sure your thoughts are where you want to be.”  I love these words of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. They are so simple, so clear, and at the same time so hard to achieve! Are my thoughts where I want to be? I’ve been in Israel for almost three weeks now, and wow, what a whirlwind already! The first … Read More