Love Actually Reunion

It is 8:30 in the morning here in Israel and I am currently sitting at the airport, drinking a cinnamon cafe afook, waiting for my parents and brother to arrive in Israel. Yesterday I left Tzfat which was pretty upsetting. My two week experience there was unreal, it felt like I got to see a […]

Tzfat: Chapter 6

On Sunday we were supposed to go hiking in caves but due to the rain we had to make other plans. Plan B was awesome! In the morning we went to our tour guide for all of our hikes house. It was rustic and wooden with a charcoal fire and as I was standing by […]

Tzfat: Chapter 5

At 2:30 a.m. we woke up and got on a bus to hike Sartaba. This is a mountain in the desert where the Hazmaneans [The descendants of the Maccabees] built their living quarters. It was also used as one of the signal points for the start of the new month. This was a particular appropriate […]

Tzfat: Chapter 2

Thursday (December 9) morning I arose at the wonderful time of 6:15 a.m. I love the mornings here when the sun has just risen, the air is crisp and cool, and the coloring in the sky and of the mountains is stunning. I would love to be able to have my morning coffee and read […]

Tzfat: Chapter 4?

We had the option of checking our computers in to the OTZMA office for the month of December and because of all the running around I’d be doing in Israel I decided that was the best option. It has been so nice not having the internet, a nice little break from it. The one downfall […]

Tzfat: Chapter 1

I have officially moved out of Ashkelon and am now a two week program in Tzfat. Just like the word Hannukah, there are many ways to spell Tzfat in English [Tsfat, Safed, Zafed]. But however you choose to spell it there is one thing about Tzfat there is certain. It is such a beautiful and […]

Bittersweet Symphony, This Life

Before I write about my last few days here in Ashkelon I want to focus on the worst fire in Israel’s history that erupted Thursday from the forests of the Carmel in Haifa. 41 prison guards were killed, they were on a bus that overturned into the fire. Too many others have been injured as […]