And I’ve returned!

14 08 2007

Wow, I’ve missed this!  Israel was beyond amazing.  I met some really incredible people,who I’ll hopefully stay friends with for a while, some people who drove me up a wall, and some people who I thought were great at the time, but have later revealed themselves to be not so great (more on that in a later post.)  

First of, because it’s simple, and I was tagged weeks ago, a meme:


  1. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.
  2. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
  3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.  ( I’m not going to tag anyone else, if you want it, it’s yours)

Anyway, my list:

  1. I listen to music in a way that drives everyone around me crazy.  I either listen to the same song on repeat for hours (Like now, I’ve been listening to “My Junk” from Spring Awakenings all day, and last Friday I listened to “Come on Eileen” and “99 Red Balloons”)  or I only listen to half of any given song before moving on to something new. 
  2. I sing loudly in my car.  It’s the only reason I love long car drives alone.  I can’t stand driving other people someowhere, but I’ll happily drive 2 hours alone. 
  3. I have very wierd standards for personal safety.  I rock climbed for 6 years, so I have a lot of faith in equipment, which means that I’m totally happy to say, go sky diving with the guys on my program.  That said, I freak out when my friends do stupid stuff like go on a multi-day hiking trip without a decent compass, or knowing how to find yourself on a map by taking a bearing. 
  4. I can make friends.  This is the weirdest one to me, since I’ve always thought of my self as totally useless at social things, but amazingly, this summer I made friends.  Fairly good ones.  Friends who think I have social skills.  🙂 
  5. I love the rain.  I love standing outside and getting totally soaked in storms, I love curling up inside with a book and a mug of tea, I love the way it sounds on the roof, I love thunder and lightening, the way everything smells just before rain, and the way it smells just after.  Love it.  Same goes for puddle jumping.
  6. I should be kept far away from office supply stores.  For reasons that aren’t entierly clear to me, I really love them, and could spend truly frightening amounts of money there. 
  7. I have long nails. Long meaning I let them grow to probably a third of an inch, and then cut them back to 1/4 inch.  I think this is some really girly reaction to having had to keep them cut almost compleatly off for 6 years for rock climbing.  When an injury took me out of the sport, I started growing them long because I could, and never really stopped. 
  8. Whether you think Batman or Superman is a better superhero and why is actually a pretty major factor in whether I can be friends with you. This isn’t because I’m a huge fan of one (although that’s totally true.  10 points to whoever correctly guesses, and another 20 if you correctly guess why.), but because I think the question says something about what you value in life, and what you are motivated by, and I think that says something major about you as a person.  Nerdy?  Yes.  But, when has that ever stopped me? 

 Now, as for Israel.   I’m not sure what people want to hear.  Working with Mada was wonderful.  It’s a Jewish Agency program, so while we all came out to work with Mada, once we got to Israel, it was very much focused on trying to sell us on moving to Israel.  Very sneaky, but in a lot of ways, it worked.  It’s very much about living in Israel and working there, rather than touring.  You get to live somewhere (Yafo, in my case) and have the grocery store you go to, and your local beach, and your favorite falafel stand, etc etc etc.  You start to refer to somewhere in Israel as “home,” and somewhere along the line we all started to refer to Israel as “we” rather than they.  Now, by the numbers, 25% of the people on the program will move to Israel eventually, so the Jewish Agency considers it a success.  Hee. 

As for touring, I spent most of the time between Tel Aviv, where I was living, and Jerusalem.  Tel Aviv I’m not too fond of.  The beach is nice enough, but Tel Aviv is not really my type of city.  It’s busy and loud, and very much about night life.  Jerusalem I loved.  It’s a beautiful city.  Love it.  Really, I’m not sure what else to say about it.  It’s amazing. 

I got to go on a hike up north, and spend a couple days in Tzfat and Tiveria.  🙂  Also wonderful.  Israel is a beautiful country, something your don’t really understand until you go there, although there are no mountains.  There are hills, but no mountains.  None.  Sorry. 

And now, it’s 1 in the morning, so I need to go to sleep, but I’ll try to post more tomorrow.  (Including my horror story about Ben Gurion Airport.  Eep!) 

It’s good to be back!




7 responses

14 08 2007

Glad to see you’re blogging again! Thanks for participating in the meme! So great to hear that you really enjoyed the trip! Hopefully you’ll get to book that one way ticket back in the near future…

14 08 2007

🙂 We’ll see about moving to Israel. There’s a lot to consider, like being 10 hours time difference off my family, and whether my Hebrew gets good enough, and whether my conversion will be recognized (Actually, that last one is the biggest issue. Aie…) Things will work out somehow.

19 08 2007

To the best of my knowledge the rabbanut recognises the major orthodox conversions done in most parts of the world (then again, I have heard so many horror stories that I know spread this information with a large grain of salt). I do know for a fact that the rabbanut recognises the geirus of the Va’ad Ha’ir/Badat”z of Montreal – but how that would help you, I am not sure.

Anyhow, for those who follow, I think that the recent RCA attempt to set uniform standards are a step in the right direction.

Besides, Israel is amazing for the following reason (in my books): there, life goes through you. People will yell at you to your face, and then (in some cases literally) give you the shirt off their back.

30 08 2007

great post
Hope to meet you sometime here in Israel.

11 09 2007

Just reading this now (!). Sounds like it was awesome, even if you’ve yet to write the rest; have a shana tova u’mesuka!

25 09 2007

Gavi- Thanks for the info. Montreal is close-ish to where I am, although Toronto is a bit closer, and I feel like I could find something there too. It’s something I need to discuss with my Rabbi. And yes, the RCA standards are a good thing. This is one of those things where it really needs to be left in God’s hands. I’m converting with a Rabbi I respect, and in that regard I’m doing what I can to make sure my conversion is valid. Whether other people see that or not is out of my hands. 🙂

Muse- Thanks! 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be back within a year. We’ll see what happens.

Ezzie- It was awesome. The rest is posted now (And it only took me a little over a month… Eep…) Shana Tova! (slightly belated…)

4 01 2012

Israel is the Best Place on this Planet!!!


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