Health, Family, Money: Visiting an Orthodox Jewish Home

Posted in Culture| Israel| Jerusalem
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Living in Los Angeles, I am rarely far from a Jewish community. When I moved into my first apartment near Beverly Hills, I quickly found myself to be in the minority. Not because I was a black woman (though that factored in too), but because I was one of probably 2 or 3 non-Jewish families in the…

When in Los Angeles…Take a Spiritual Day Trip

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As America's second city, Los Angeles has enough attractions, both manmade and natural, to keep you entertained for years. But sometimes its nice to get out of the city for a bit of a day trip. Earlier this year, I joined a few friends for an excursion out to the California desert to experience a sound bath…

On Trust and Travel

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Arriving in a new night...where you do not speak the language requires a great deal of trust.  I arrived at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport around 6:00 PM and by the time I got through customs and got myself situated, I left the airport in complete darkness.  Even though there is no immediate threat of danger, I only…

The Walled Off Hotel

Posted in Art| Hotels| Palestine
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Timing is everything and this time the calendar gods smiled on me! A week before I left for my trip to Israel last month, a British friend asked if I had heard about the new Walled Off Hotel that was about to open in Bethlehem in the West Bank. The creative and extremely appropriately named hotel…

Israel: Top 10 Things I Learned

Posted in Israel| Jerusalem| Tel Aviv
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Subtitle: "What I didn't know could fill a blog post". Just getting back from 2 and half weeks in Israel, Palestine and Jordan and though I have 1000 different thoughts floating around in my head, its hard to know where to begin writing.  The trip was nothing short of amazing. That's not to say that everything went according…