For choose your own challenge I went to the Hummus Bar in Encino. It is an amazingly authentic Israeli restaurant with delicious israeli salads, hummus, and chicken swarma. The waitress was also from Israel! I would definitely do this challenge again.
I watched the Habbits of Happiness. I liked some of the things. Such as the word happiness comes from the Hebrew word wave. A lot of the information I found to be kind of common sense. I enjoyed Dr. Tal telling his personal struggle with ADD and how it was his own happiness meter. Summary of the whole video would be peoples perspectives on life are more instrumental to their happiness than success.
Not sure if Steve Eisengerg class will happen before deadline so I made sure to make it to a class before then. I was quite taken with Rabbi David Aaron while in Israel at Aish, I asked him for a recommendation to meet with someone in Los Angeles to continue Torah study here. I met up with Rabbi Shlomo. He is a very interesting man, and I was quite taken with how articulate and well spoken he is. We talked about Torah and his upcoming class schedule. We also talked about religious rules in regardance to wakes since I was planning on attending one. He taught me something really cool I didn't know. Why dont you bring flowers to a wake? Because they wither and die and a funeral already has enough death.
I attended "Shabbat in the Bu" Hosted by Chabad of Malibu. It was a fun Jewish event which had all you can eat Kosher Sushi and free cocktails. I met some very interesting people. Including the director of "Airplane" David Zucker. They had an optional Shabbat service, which out of the thirty or so people there I was one of five to go to which was a little strange. But the crowd was nice. I met a really nice Jewish girl, and we exchanged numbers. Also a doctor who was older than my mom gave me his number...so he was creepy. Might not go back there.
I read an article highighting the "Israeli National Trail" It talked about the dangers of hiking in the desert and hunting for shade. It also had an interesting quote from a Bendouin man regarding his delicious coffee, "“strong like Bedouin men, bitter like life in desert, and black like marriage”. I am not quite sure what the "black like marriage" means. I also learned about a few animals I have never heard of such as the Israeli Viper Mole which is quite poisonous, and the Deathstalker Scorpion. National Geographic actually ranks the hike in the top ten in the world.
I had my sisters come over for a shabbat dinner. We had Salmon, white rice, and vegetables. I really enjoyed lighting the candles, I have been making a habbit of that since coming back from Israel. The most enjoyable part of the meal was spending time with my family.
I work in the sound industry. You owuld be suprised by how much Israel contributes to my industry. A lot of the best plug ins, and audio contributions for audio forensics and dialogue clean up come straight out of Tel Aviv. One of my favorites wave rider, helps clean and level out dialogue, I use it on a regular basis. Here is an image of the cable used to hook up the software.
What inspired me to go on the Recharge trip was wanting to return to Israel to feel how I felt when I first went. Their is an energy and a feeling I get there that is different than anywhere in the world. I wanted to go back so that I could learn more about my Judiasm, meet other Jewish young adults, and celebrate a shabbat in Israel.
I choose to volunteer for Kehillat Israel this Friday. I did not take a picture, because I was technically volunteering on Shabbat, and thought I probably shouldn't take a picture. I helped set up, barbeque and close down the event for the Shabbat on the beach event. It was great, I got to volunteer with my mom who volunteers every year. I told her about the challenge so she took me along.
I am excited to see Moshe Ya'alon, the former prime minister of Israel. I am excited to get to listen and ask questions to someone with such a huge responsibility. The Israeli army has the best intelligence and some of the smartest military minds in the world. To get to meet someone who was considered the head of it would be very exctiing.
I went with my friend Airez and loved it, So good. I hadnt been to Aroma since I was in Israeli, chicken snitzel is soooo good. I would recommend it to everyone. Also the mint tea was delicious.
The Artist is Charles Gitnik. I was walking from completing a challenge! Eating at a Kosher Israeli restaurant in Northridge when I saw this piece in a window walking by, and it just struck me. I personally uncharacteristically of California love guns, shooting them, collecting them. Weird I know, my dad was a cop. But This piece being a piece of weaponry so native to Israels army so beautifully decorated really popped out at me.
I made Burekas with someone who can actually cook. I cannot lol. They were delicious. We made them for my mom who loves them because both of us are gluten free. But they looked delicious.
I spent the Shabbat with my friend Sharon and her family! It was wonderful. Sharon is probably the best cook I know. It was so nice to be around old family friends and enjoy a meal. We use to go to her house for Friday night dinner when we were kids, but once work and adulthood became more and more time consuming it slowly dissapeared.
Masa Israel gives young folks a chance to go back to Israel, or even to go for a gap year. Really cool that it extends all the way to 30 year olds, I could even do it for two more years....
What a cool idea! I not only liked it, I signed up. So cool that it helps hook you up with a Shabbat dinner, really great. Im going to tell my sister about it.
I have said the blessing before. One of my favorite memories was the first time I ever learned about this prayer. I loved that no one spoke, that everyone would hum and sing in between washing their hands and waiting to break the bread. I wish I did this on a more regular basis.
I went to Beth Ami with my Aunt Colleen in Santa Clarita with Rabbi Mark Blazer. My aunt teaches at the Jewish Day school there and invited me to a women's prayer service. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though it was a women's group the subjects were universal to anyone. Plus it was great to spend time with my aunt. I would definetly go again.
We always have Rosh Hashanah dinner at my grandparents house in Long Beach. Its great because the whole family comes! Lots of food. We do have honey and make a blessing. I find the most meaningful part to be being around family.
I love yom kippur! My family all goes together. My little sister has a shofar she got for her Bat Mitzvah that she brings with. I do fast, but I brush my teeth in the morning. I also drink water...I just don't eat. This year I broke my fast on a brownie!
I introduced myself and said hi to fellow participants, however the picture isnt uploading
here is the link
I listened to Telepathy and spirituality on livingwithgod on my daily one hour commute to work. I didn't really like it. His logic was hard for me to follow, and I found his voice to be hard to understand. I wouldn't necessarily be against listening to another Jewish Podcast, but I don't think I really clicked with this one.
I watched the following link
"Just 15 Kilometers North of Tel Aviv..."
It was beautiful Drone footage of a national park. I choose it because I have visited every National park in California and love hiking!
I attended Shabbat Dinner at an old friend of mine, Airez. I told him about the challenge I was doing and how long it had been since I went to a Shabbat dinner and he invited me to come and have shabbat with his family! It was lovely and I will definitely be doing it again.
Not seeing where you put the video? I went to USC service downtown. It was great I got to see some of my friends I have not seen for a while downtown. I would definitely go again.
Went on Shabbat, was fun.
I interviewed my Grandfather Jack Freed.
I learned that my ancestors came from Hungary, but also lived in England where my great great grandfather made horse shoes for the queen. Also that I am distantly related to Felix Mendelson the composer! My family has one very funny tradition that got passed down and that is that during Hannukah we hide the Jewish gelt. It came from my grandfather loving finding the afikoman on passover. He liked it so much they found ways to do it on other hollidays. We still do it today. Every Hannukah instead of playing dreidel we hide the jewish gelt around the house and search for it. I also learned that most of my family on my grandfathers side was Orthodox, and they my great great grandmother made the best shabbat dinners anyone had ever had, because she was the daughter of the rabbi in town and was expected to host lots of guests. We still make her infamous coffee cake that is parve and people love!
I recruited my little sister to birthright! We looked at the different programs, and she is super adventurous. So we are looking at the one that is the Kayaking and river running and lots of hiking. She is applying to birthright outdoors.
The artist is Elie Marcuse, the piece is called, "The Death of King Saul". I choose this piece because I loved how they were all looking off into the distance despite the death underneath them. I love the sky behind them. I tried looking up the meaning of the painting and it said that it had to do with the Israelites needing a King and choosing Saul.
Getting ready for Shabbat for me most importantly means turning off my phone and getting to unplug for a while. It means relaxing with good food, family and.....wine. ;)
Also it means pulling out some of my favorite silverware.
I hosted a Shabbat meal this Friday for my mother and two sisters. It was amazing. Such a nice break from all of our week and such a lovely way to get all of us together at the end of the week. We had Tri tip, challah, and mashed potatoes with no dairy. I would totally do it again! The most enjoyable part of the meal was spending time with my family and my mom tearing up over all of her girls saying the prayers together.
I went and saw "Not That Jewish" on Sunday with my mom. It was amazing. I laughed, I cried, and i bought tickets to see it again with another friend. I saw the play at Brigg. It was about a middle aged culturally Jewish women who was very comedic talking about love, life, and the adoption of her son, and breast cancer. I didn't necessarily "learn" something but I was reminded that I love Jewish humor.
I want to ask from G-d that he helps me to make better decisions and stick with them in the upcoming year. That he surround me with people who uplift me and help to keep me on the right course. That he enable me to help others and be healthy to help others be the same.
Spiritually I am across the board. I am inconsistent at best. My Jewish identity is based on my cultural identification as a Jew and my relationship with G-d. I would like to grow that I felt I didn't get caught up daily in the material side of the world. I would like to feel that I constantly am making decisions from a spiritual place. As opposed to one of surrvival, or competition.