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 […]

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The Advantages of a Spiritual Wilderness

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 In general I have a lousy sense of direction.  I’ve lost my […]

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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 […]

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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? Tonight 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 […]

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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 in the shade, hearing the crash of […]

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Follow Your Dreams

Follow Your Dreams In 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 […]

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