Book Review: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

This is a book I suggest everyone read for the sake of humanity. Dr. Frankl, a doctor specialized in psychiatry, tells his story of what life was like in the concentration camps during World War II. One thing that surprised me was that Judaism is not an overarching theme (rarely even mentioned) in this book. … Continue reading Book Review: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

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Hiking the Nahal Jilabun Canyon and Dinner in Tiberias

We were sweating in killer heat, being lead by a stranger, hiking, in an unknown country with a language we don’t speak. Sure, our tour guide definitely did not feel like a stranger, after all, we shared a beautiful opening ceremony in Caesarea and a pleasant Shabbat with her while learning about an amazing culture … Continue reading Hiking the Nahal Jilabun Canyon and Dinner in Tiberias

Arriving at the Kibbutz on Shabbat

After a long day of sweating around Caesarea and the Baha'i Gardens, we arrived at our Kibbutz. [Kibbutz-invented 1909, a sort of cooperative living settlement; your share of work ethic is returned with a community share of property and items. They all help each other out here.] Luckily, we got to stay here without working, … Continue reading Arriving at the Kibbutz on Shabbat

The Baha’i Gardens – Haifa, Israel

After Caesarea Maritima, we hopped back on the bus and drove through Haifa. We all peered out the windows looking at the Hebrew signs and admiring all dogs and cats roaming everywhere (everywhere! There were even clans crossing the streets together!). We drove up this hill and stepped off the bus to the amazing view … Continue reading The Baha’i Gardens – Haifa, Israel

The Vegas of the Med – Caesarea Maritima

The next handful of posts will be about Israel. I visited Israel for the first time back in August of 2011 when I was 19. The first two weeks I was part of Taglit, Birthright. The next week and a half, I was backpacking around Israel, alone. I am so grateful I was introduced to … Continue reading The Vegas of the Med – Caesarea Maritima

On the Way to Israel

As mentioned in a previous post, I went on Birthright in the summer of 2011 and got a completely FREE trip to Israel. I sent in my application very late and was placed on a waitlist. Eventually a spot opened up for me! There are many different kinds of trips you can take; a bike … Continue reading On the Way to Israel

A Holocaust Survivor: The Story of my Grandfather

Judaism is something that I hold really close to my heart. I am going to say right now that I am not very observant. I do, however, often think about God, why certain things happen, and what I should do, based on the morals I grew up with. I don’t practice as much as I … Continue reading A Holocaust Survivor: The Story of my Grandfather