Jewish Journal

Mission Possible

By Lara Berman

July 22, 2010 | 1:31 pm

Hopefully, these stickers will help the practice stick.

It’s good to have a spiritual goal when living in Israel.

Now, I’ve always been drawn to the self-help world in NY and later LA. But what stands out about this experience in Israel is... read on

  • A Cow Goes Moo, Liat Goes, “Mehhhhh!”

    By Lara Berman

    July 13, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    Unless you’ve taken a kabbalah class somewhere along the way, you might not realize that Hebrew is not just a language. It’s a commentary, a philosophy, a teaching, a code filled with insights and secrets. “Oh, Lara, now you’ve really lost it,” you might be thinking. Aval,... read on

  • Farewell, Fuddy Duddy!

    By Lara Berman

    July 9, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    Shalom Chaverim!

    I think it’s safe to say my fuddy duddy days are over!

    To those of you who don’t know, I’ve never been the party animal, per se. Nope: Never loved the taste of alcohol, more of an early bird than a night owl, a planner rather than a spontaneous koo-koo head.... read on

  • Betty Boop and the Grouch

    By Lara Berman

    June 27, 2010 | 10:50 am

    Hey friends~

    Happy Anniversary to me – today, the 27th, marks one month in Israel!

    You know, I didn’t leave Jerusalem even once this week (oh, I’ll make up for that) due to the ardor of apartment hunting, but Baruch Hashem (Thank G-d!), I finally found a place! Woo hooo! And... read on

  • Give Me Sass, Hold the Squeegee

    By Lara Berman

    June 24, 2010 | 10:38 am

    Matan means gift or giving.
    We sing of the Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah.
    But only when you come to Israel can you meet people like Matan Yechezkely, who live up to their names by exemplifying giving.

    Listen, I do have a rosey view of Israel, but one thing that has been... read on

  • The Enlightened Thumbtack

    By Lara Berman

    June 21, 2010 | 9:58 am

    Hey friends!

    I am so pleased to be sitting in the air conditioning with a few minutes to write. It’s been a wonderfully busy time since I hopped off the plane already 3 weeks ago! These blasé afternoons are few and far between, but most welcome!

    Now for those of you who are... read on

  • My Cupid’s a Rabbi

    By Lara Berman

    June 15, 2010 | 8:55 am

    Hi friends~

    My second Shabbat in Israel was a total schmooze fest. First, I hopped to a Carlebach style shul in the neighborhood and then joined the Shabbat dinner my temporary flatmate threw. There was some ahem, interesting company, but the highlight was taking a walk afterwards... read on

  • The Name’s Ava. Ava Teeyach.

    By Lara Berman

    June 4, 2010 | 6:33 am

    Shalom friends~

    One week in Jerusalem!

    My stay thus far has been characterized by one very important question: If eating too many carrots will turn a person orange, will eating too much watermelon (avateeyach) turn me pink and green? Discuss.

    Beseder, my first week was maleh... read on

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