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I’m home for the weekend, hanging out with dad right now. I’m slightly hung over from my birthday party last night. We are munching on chocolate covered raisins, watching American Idol on his computer and giving a brief update on the bee project. 

Tomorrow I’m picking up the bees. I’ll borrow the car, and make a detour to get them. We have already named the families, and now my little sister suggested I should name all the bees. That would be quite a challenge, right?

As I sit here, I can’t help but remember the surreal experience I had earlier in the week. I was in Petah Tikva, where I was brought up by my biological father. I had to go to my old school, to get a piece of paper that I needed for university. Clean shaven with a fashionable haircut, wearing a long sleeve green tee and jeans, I felt like everyone was staring at me. And they were. 

The security guard at the school didn’t want to let me in. When I finally got in and made it to the office, I was made to wait over an hour. The school administrator was only speeking to me in Yiddish. He chastised me for my immodest clothing. If he only knew I had put on my kipah less than 5 minutes before entering the school! I couldn’t wait to be out of there. 

I left just as some of the classes got out. I was trying to get back to the bus stop as fast as I could, when I heard someone shout my old name. It was my little brother. We hadn’t seen each other for three years. He is now 13 and I wasn’t even sure he remembered me. Obviously he did. He has grown up so much. Of course he is now an adult in the Jewish world. As I expected he never saw the card I sent him for his birthday. He didn’t have a lot of time, but he gave me a hug and his email address. I was surprised he had an email, but it turns out that he has a dumb phone where GPRS wasn’t disabled, and he set up an email. I even got a happy birthday wish from him yesterday! I am a little torn over keeping in touch with him, because his parents expressly forbid it. I have missed him for the past three years, and he is still 5 years away from turning 18. At the same time our father is so big on Jewish law, which says C is already an adult. I don’t know. It’s just difficult. 

It was strange to be called Yonaton over and over and over again during that afternoon in Petah Tikva. It was strange to walk the streets that I walked growing up. It was strange to stick out like a sore thumb in that neighbourhood. People were whispering behind my back, whether they knew me or not. 

I’m really happy that I can be home today. 

7 Quick Takes vol. 4 – The Columbia

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  1. Rick Husband, Commander
  2. William C. McCool, Pilot
  3. Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander
  4. David M. Brown, Mission Specialist
  5. Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist 2
  6. Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist 4
  7. Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist 1

O God, full of compassion, Thou who dwellest on high! Grant perfect rest beneath the sheltering wings of Thy presence, among the holy and pure who shine as the brightness of the firmament unto the soul of who has gone unto eternity. Lord of mercy, bring them under the cover of Thy wings, and let their souls be bound up in the bond of eternal life. Be thou their possession, and may their repose be peace, Amen.

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O God, full of compassion, Thou who dwellest on high! Grant perfect rest beneath the sheltering wings of Thy presence, among the holy and pure who shine as the brightness of the firmament unto the soul of who has gone unto eternity. Lord of mercy, bring them under the cover of Thy wings, and let their souls be bound up in the bond of eternal life. Be thou their possession, and may their repose be peace, Amen.

Right now

On the way to Tel Aviv to see Harel Skaat with my sister.

I voted!

Today is election day in Israel, and for the first time in my life I was able to vote for the 19th Knesset. As Shimon Peres said, “Everyone should have some doubts about who to vote for but not about the act of voting. All citizens must be proud of their country.”

No matter what Yair Netanyahu said in the above article, I didn’t vote for Likud. I voted Labor, and I hope we can make a change.

Daily Prompt: Apply Yourself

Daily Prompt: Apply Yourself.

Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.”

OK. That’s right now. I’m trying to learn for my Chemistry test next week, and I’m seriously considering watching Season 3 of Merlin instead. Or read Coelho’s Alchemist. Or watch Vidocq.

7 Quick Takes vol. 3–Under 49 words

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  1. Uni keeps me very busy.
  2. Still not smoking.
  3. I need a job to finance my hobbies.
  4. Elections are next week. It’s my first time voting.
  5. Ski trip next week.
  6. Stayed in Haifa for the weekend.
  7. Challah, jam and a latte make me happy.

7 Quick Takes vol.2

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  1. An update on the no smoking thing: we are all doing great with it. Roomie has some cravings in the morning, so he gave up coffee as well. We are now all drinking green tea for breakfast. I miss my morning coffee ritual, but I feel just as refreshed from my green tea.
  2. Don’t forget the giveaway! You still have a day!
  3. I’m getting very busy with Uni. I don’t think I like that. I haven’t read or really watched TV this year, and I’m at the point where I’ll have to start studying on Saturdays. Bleh. So far Saturdays were reserved for relaxation and studying the Torah with my family, it seems uni work will have to enter the day.
  4. Y has been trying to convince me to go to Canada with him in August. Hm. Maybe.
  5. Roomie might bring in another roommate. Which would be fine as far as the number of rooms go, but we have only one bathroom. It would financially be better for all of us (Roomie included).  I can shave at the kitchen sink as well, but the toilet… that  might be an issue.
  6. Next week I want to keep the 7 quick takes at 49 words or below. Self imposed challenge accepted.
  7. Is anyone getting excited about Kdam 2013? I think my dad is a bad influence over me!

If I have anoth…

If I have another 10 years to live, I am sure that I will have the privilege of seeing peace come even to this dismal and wonderful and amazing part of the world.

President Shimon Peres

7 Quick Takes vol. 1

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  1. Yehiel and I are home, babysitting for my dads as they and one of my brothers are visiting Great-Grandma in Eilat. It has been fun. Some of the kids are at the grandparents’, which makes it easier for us. Last night we made butter popcorn and Coca Cola floats and watched movies. 
  2. My step dad Brian wrote me on Thursday that he and his family will visit Israel for Passover. I’m excited to see them and meet his children. I am really blessed to have so many people who love me.
  3. Yesterday I got an email from Hungary. A friend of my dad’s got some urban honey as a gift, and she shared a photo with me. 025
    It made me super excited! There is going to be a bee keeping class at my uncle’s kibbutz in February that Y and I signed up for. Hopefully in no time we will be making enough honey to start thinking about cute jar and label designs.
  4. Took the kids to synagogue in the morning. There was kiddush afterwards, so we took a big bowl of potato salad and home made chicken bites. We were very popular with them. It is a very simple recipe we used for the salad, and it will be listed in the congregation cookbook.
  5. Mentioning the congregation cookbook. I volunteered to be the editing committee.
  6. Yehiel’s mom sent us a slow cooker for Chanukah. It’s a 4 person sized one, so we usually cook with our room mate. We take turns shopping and cooking and we use it almost daily. I need some recipes, not neccessarily kosher ones, but if they are it’s all the better. I brought it home for the weekend, and made some really awesome hot chocolate for all of us for breakfast.
  7. I decided to quit smoking Y and our roommate both joined me in this, because it’s easier if we all do it together. Roommate was a very heavy smoker, so he decided to go with an electric cigarette, Y uses some nicotine patches and I just don’t smoke. So far so good, 5 days without a cigarette for any of us.