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I arrived at Ben Gurion in the afternoon of the 17th of September, 2012.  It was 38 degrees celsius. It was also Rosh Hashanah. Not a usual day to pick for someone moving to Israel but I wasn't going to be in Shul that year and I wanted to hear the sound of the Shofar before the sunset on the first day. Odd combination of religion, tradition and family practice. My very own מנהגים (customs).

For the past six years I have been on a journey to understand where I fit in this mix, a place that is rife with customs and practices that resonate, but are not entirely familiar or entirely comfortable. I having be...


It is hard to believe that we have lived here for six years. When we started this adventure we thought we would stay for six months, maybe a year. But as the days rolled by and one חג (holiday) followed another, the pace of the Jewish calendar seemed natural and more meaningful - סוכות (Sukkot) celebrated at the actual time of harvest, ט׳ו שבט (Tu B'Shvat - Arbor Day) celebrated when the almond trees produced their first fruit. 

Last night was the נר ראשון חנוכה (first candle of Hanukkah) or as my father used to say, erschter licht. We are having a family holiday dinner on Friday when we all celebra...

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