About talila

I'm a mother and a career woman and juggling between the two worlds is not always easy. When things get really hectic, I escape to my blogs, www.JAMShome.com, www.hebrewDailyPhrase.com, and www.literaryAdventure.com, to muse about family, culture, books, jewish life, and life in general.

Israel Elections 2013

voting in Israel

Elections 2013, Israel

I’m  lucky. My visit to Israel happened to occur the same time as the Israeli elections and I’ve had the great privilege of being part of the Election Day happening. And what exciting elections these turned to be. Continue reading

Winter in Israel – a Day on the Beach

Children playing on the beach, Israel 2013

Children having fun on Netanya Beach on a beautiful winter day

It is the midst of winter in Chicago, Illinois, and in Israel, but what a difference. While my friends in the Windy City are weathering 1°F (-17°C), I am vacationing in Israel and enjoying a spring like 68°F (20°C),
Today I spent a glorious day on the beach in Netanya, about 18 miles north of Tel-Aviv. Here are some photos I took on the beach.

Shalom Chaver, Commemorating Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s fifth prime minster was assassinated on 09.30 on Nov 4, 1995, at the end of a peace rally. Yigal Amir, a right winged extremist, strongly opposed to the Oslo Accords, shot the Prime Minster.

The next morning my husband and I told our son what happened. He was three years old at a time but with everyone talking about nothing else,  he would end up overhearing about the murder anyways so it would be better if her heard about it from us first. Continue reading

Jewish Humor – Confessions of a Jewish Mother

What are the two most highlighted characteristics of the.stereotypical Jewish Mother? Constant worrying, and constant complaining.  Here is a wonderful humorous video about Jewish Mother’s worrying and complaining, delivered by a 91.5 years old (!) Jewish Mother.

A lot of thanks to my friend Iriit Jacobson for sending the link.

Life in the South of Israel – Grad Rocket in the Nursery

Life in the south of Israel

A Grad Rocket hit the nursery in the home of the Amar family in Netivot, Israel
Source: Front page of Ma’ariv, Israel Daily (www.nrg.co.il). Photographer: Yehudah Lachyani

A Grad Rocket hit the home of the Amar family in Netivot this Friday. Their decision to hide in the walk-in closet saved their lives.

According to the IDF Blog number of rockets shot at Israel from Gaza:

  • Since January 2012: over 500
  • last week: October 7-13, 2012: over 40

Israel unilaterally disengaged from Gaza on 2005.

Applying lessons from the Yom Kippur War to today’s conflict with Iran

39 years to the Yom Kippur War – Oct 6, 1973

Yom Kippur War, 6 Oct 1973, resulted in a loss of more than 2297 lives

IDF chief in 2011 annual memorial service for Yom Kippur fallen Photo IDF Spokesperson Unit

There is an important lesson to be learned from the Yom Kippur War, a lesson that must be applied to the current conflict with Iran. While the US is an important ally of Israel, it is Israel’s prerogative, Israel’s duty to its citizens, to act on its own best interests, to make it own decisions. While the American approval is important, Israel must first and foremost make its own judgement call on how to defend itself and its citizens.This may sound obvious but this is not the way things played out during the Yom Kippur War. Continue reading

Gmar Chatima Tova- Yom Kippur 2012

May You be Sealed in the Book of Life

The last Mishnah in the Tractate of Ta’anit states:

Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel says, “There were never happier days for the Jews like the fifteen of Av and Yom Kippur

And why is Yom Kippur one of the happiest days?

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Commemorating the Yom Kippur War – Yom Kippur 1973

Yom Kippur - the Jewish Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is most commonly associated with the image of a white clad rabbi swaying to and fro in prayer; the parched, dry aftertaste of fasting; and the sound of the cantor’s voice reciting a litany of sins and asking god to “… pardon us, forgive us, grant us remission”.  For me, Yom Kippur will always be associated with the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the voice of the cantor always mingles in my mind with the sharp, keening, wail of a siren.

I grew up in the heart of Tel-Aviv – the City that Never Stops. Only it does stop:  Once a year, Tel-Aviv, like the rest of Israel, shuts down its open markets, the cafes and restaurants, and all the traffic, to stand still before God on the Day of Judgment. Continue reading

Shanah Tova – May the coming year bring goodness upon us

Shanah Tova

Rosh Hashanah traditional Greeting: May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year. Source: HebrewDailyPhrase.com

The Jewish New Year, year 5773, is upon us. In Jewish tradition this is a time for reflection, looking back on all we’ve done, all we’ve accomplished, asking forgiveness for our wrongdoing, and praying for a better year. For more on Rosh Hashanah symbols and traditions, press here.
I’ll spare you the retrospective and skip right to the good wishes.

A few days ago I received an email from a dear friend of mine M. It was one of these chain emails and it recommended sharing with 12 people, but because of the powerful message,  I would like to share with all of you:

 A mystical Jewish formula for good mazel and who of us can’t use that!?

God our Father, walk through my house & take away all my worries & illness & please watch over & heal my family & other families too…Amen.
 

May the new year bring Health, Happiness, peace and prosperity.
Shanah Tova!

Learn Hebrew, one phrase at a time

Learn Hebrew, One Phrase a dayWe are delighted to announce the launch of a new affiliated website: www.HebrewDailyPhrase.com.  The website’s goal is to increase your Hebrew vocabulary by introducing a new Hebrew word or phrase at a time. How is this website different than others?

To quote from www.HebrewDailyPhrase.com/about/ Continue reading