The Jewish Travelers Manifesto

I don’t personally live this way but I greatly admire the minimalist lifestyle. In my opinion we own and carry around with us far too many belongings. It’s not just a problem of Emuna (belief) that one won’t take their  possessions beyond the grave (though ancient Pharaohs believed otherwise).  The more you own – the more you have to worry about maintenance, support, insurance, safety and upkeep of all your stuff. That’s why traveling can be GOOD FOR THE SOUL and why we have a Jewish Travelers Manifesto. Here’s why: Continue reading The Jewish Travelers Manifesto

How to Enjoy non-Kosher Food

Enjoy non-Kosher FoodOne of the things that really fascinates me about Italy is the food. I discovered that eating Italian isn’t only about pasta and spaghetti, pizza, tomato sauce and olive oil. There’s a huge repertoire of beautiful and (I assume) delicious foods and tastes. Continue reading How to Enjoy non-Kosher Food

The Advantages of a Spiritual Wilderness

Advantages of a Spiritual Wilderness
Jewish Bookstore in Venice

For someone living in a very sheltered and homogeneous religious community in Israel there’s something really special about visiting Italy. It’s not only the fact that one hardly sees Jews in the street or that everywhere you go there are churches and religious symbols (which is an issue worth discussing it itself). For me it’s the reality that there is hardly any Jewish infrastructure to depend on. I’m on my own. Of course in the main cities there are small Jewish communities and one can find a few Shuls spread around and even a Kosher restaurant here and there. The point is that I need to actively seek Jewish resources. They won’t automatically fall into my lap. Continue reading The Advantages of a Spiritual Wilderness

How high should your standards be?

Preparing for a trip

Part of the fun in going abroad for a vacation after so many years is learning about how much the world of travel has changed. I don’t mean how much our destinations have changed, because I’ve never been in Florence and Venice before. It’s the process of preparing for a trip that’s so different.

For example, how did we book hotels 20 years ago? Ask a travel agent? Look up possible hotels in travel guides, magazines and brochures? Then phone the hotel to book and confirm and hope it’s the best possible deal for our needs. Now it’s completely different. Continue reading How high should your standards be?

Tunnel Vision in Venice

Have you ever been so spellbound by a scene that everything else in your surroundings totally disappears? Something like Tunnel Vision? That’s what happened to us when we stepped foot in the old city of Venice, Italy last Tuesday.

A Sense of Direction

Tunnel Vision

In general I have a lousy sense of direction.  I’ve lost my way in every city I’ve been. In fact I even landed up in the wrong country once…while driving between cities in Holland I took the wrong turn and crossed the border into Germany… 🙄 In the end I usually get to my destination B”H; after all I wrote this post from home and not lost in Europe… 🙂 Continue reading Tunnel Vision in Venice

I Can’t Escape My Jewish Identity

Hi everybody!

It’s been nearly three months without a single post and I’m finally back. After 70 posts without stopping I simply hit a wall and dried up. It was probably because I realized that one can’t keep writing about travel without experiencing it first hand. See my post – Walk Your Talk in Travel and Life.

I’ve lived in Canada, Holland, England and Israel and traveled to other countries but in the past 20 years I haven’t really traveled anywhere just for the sake of traveling.

Till last week. Continue reading I Can’t Escape My Jewish Identity

Tisha B’Av in Six Minutes

This month I’m super busy with academic finals and am studying day and night for tests, so I’ll make it very short this time:

How is this Tisha B’Av Different?

Tisha B'Av in Six MinutesTonight and tomorrow, Friday and Shabbat is Tisha B’Av (9th Av) and in principle we should be eating the Seuda Mafseket (the meal before the fast) right now and start fasting on Shabbat. Since this fast is only a Rabbinical Decree (unlike Yom Kippur), the fast is delayed until Saturday night (10th Av).

This means there are a few differences on how we prepare for the fast. Continue reading Tisha B’Av in Six Minutes

The cure for anything is salt water

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.

(Isak Dinesen 1885-1962)

The Cure For Anything

There’s something about the sea that captivates my soul. I don’t need to go into the water to be drawn into its embrace. Just sitting on the beach The Cure For Anythingin the shade, hearing the crash of the waves, smelling the salty air and feeling the sand between my fingers. No matter how much pressure I’m under at the moment, a tranquil hour near the water rejuvenates my soul and empties my mind of all the junk that’s frantically spinning around inside. Continue reading The cure for anything is salt water

Follow Your Dreams

Follow Your Dreams

follow your dreamsIn last week’s post I wrote about how one should “walk their talk” when it comes to travel writing. In the spirit of changing my reality and doing some traveling so that I’ll have authentic first-person material to write about, I did some serious thinking.

It would seem that there are four steps to carrying it out: Continue reading Follow Your Dreams

Google Translate: האתר גם בעברית

Google Translate For My Blog Too!

Google TranslateA very quick post. I placed the Google Translate Widget on every page, so if you want to read my posts in Hebrew or Yiddish or in any other  language, just choose it on the right side of the page → →

It won’t come out perfect, but you’ll get the main ideas.



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