Walk Your Talk In Travel and Life

The Armchair Traveler I have to admit to myself (because it’s probably obvious to everyone else by now 🙂 ) that I’m an armchair traveler. At least for the moment. Twenty-five years ago we lived in Holland, had our summer vacations in England, shopped for Kosher food in Belgium and made short trips here and […]

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Cuban Jewish Heritage

Cubanidad (Cuban identity) When I think of Cuba, the largest island of the Caribbean sea, a lot of ideas come to mind.  I can picture a repressive communist regime run for decades with an iron fist by the dictator Fidel Castro,  the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Marxist revolutionaries like Che Guevara.  […]

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A Car Mezuzah and Good Luck

Car Mezuzahs Have you ever heard of a Car Mezuzah? When I saw this picture my mind went totally blank. A Car Mezuzah? What’s that? Is it for real???? I started thinking that maybe I’m forgetting an important Law in the contemporary Rabbinical writings. Or maybe this is a modern form of Jewish voodoo…

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World Travel and the Night of Shavuot

The Night of Shavuot What’s the connection between world travel and the night of Shavuot? (hint: It depends on your location on the globe…). A bit of background first: On the first night of Shavuot (this year, Saturday night, May 23, 2015), Jews throughout the world observe the centuries-old custom of conducting an all-night vigil […]

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What Do Jews Have In Common?

The past few years I’ve given a lecture to foreign (non-Jewish) visitors on “Basic Jewish Terminology”.  They’re fascinated by how diverse we are as a religion and a culture. Even in the Holy Land we are like a collection of unconnected tribes struggling to find a common denominator. We argue about everything under the sun, […]

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Coping With No Strings Attached

You know the people who take along a spare for everything they have in their luggage? Extra bottles of soap and deodorant, spare shoe laces, an extra toothbrush and a pile of batteries for the camera, another charger for the phone, all their jewelry, a spare set of prescription glasses…just in case?  Then when they […]

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Ultimate Bug-out Bag For a Jewish Traveler

Bug-Out Bags If you plan to travel around the world without stopping in any Jewish communities, you’ll need to be prepared with a Jewish version of a Bug-out Bag. I first learned about Bug-out Bags from books on surviving disasters and disappearing from your past (see my post – If Jason Bourne Was Jewish). To […]

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