Saturday, July 4, 2009

the American Way

Happy 4th! We started preparing for the 4th yesterday in New Testament. We opened up with a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Mariah had an Angels jersey on with an american flag on the sleeve, so she posed at the front of the class as our flag. Today was Sabbath, so sacrament wasn't as enthusiastic, especially as it was Fast Sabbath. Church was amazing as usual. I never get tired of the meetings here. Everything is so good. After Church the festivities began. The kitchen staff kindly obliged our cravings for American food. We had hamburgers and hotdogs, fries, watermelon, grilled pineapple, shisk-kabobs, and ice cream. it was so amazing! At branch prayer, we sang patriotic songs, and had a parade after. And by parade, i mean Mason standing on the wheelchair as Michael pushed him, throwing candy at us, with Kat banging on a trash can.. i mean drum. And afterwards we sang traditional american songs, like Yankee-doodle and some country song at the top of our lungs on the balcony. Then we set off fireworks!! Best 4th of July i've ever spend out of the country!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

fun random facts

So, we just went through our first four finals. Here are some of the fascinating facts I know...

Jael used a nail to kill Sisera
Manama is the capital of which Arab country?
Barak raps with Deborah
5 waves of 'aliya
the term for 'water' and 'Gods Mercy' is the same (thank you Annemarie Shimmel)
difference between Abner, Abslom, Ahab, Ahijah, Ahithophel, Amasa, Arunah, Aram
Get from the Black Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. (Black Sea, St. of Bosphorus, Lake Marmara, St. of Dardanelles, Agean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, St. of Gibralter, Atlantic Ocean)
The cycle of apostasy is like a toilet ...
Difference between Al Maghreb and Al Machreq
930 BC - Israelite kingdom splits
721 BC - Northern Kingdom captured by Assyrins
587 BC - Southern Kingdom captured by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians
516 BC - Cyrus allows the Israelities to return, build temple under Zerubbable
Absalom got caught in a tree by his hair. Was stuck and couldn't escape when Joab comes to kill him....
Difference between a Pogrom and Massacre or Riot
Waterways from Eliat to Indian Ocean (Eliat, Gulf of Aqaba, St. of Tiran, Red Sea, St. of Bab el-Mandab, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean)
Eglon was so fat, Ehud lost the knife he stabbed him with
UN Resolutions 181, 194, 242, 302, 303, 33,1397, 1402, 1515
10 Commandments ... in order. No other Gods before me, No graven images, Not take name of Lord in vain, Keep the Sabbath holy, Honor father and mother, No killing, No adultery, Don't stealing, Don't bear false witness, Don't covet. oh yeah. got that one right
“Frenchmen of the Mosaic persuasion”

Capitals of Arab Countries: El Aaiun, Nouakchott, Rabat, Khartoum, Muscat, Sana'a, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Mogadishu

Reform - Lazy ; Conservative - Hazy ; Orthodox - Crazy
aah, but it was all worth it. IF I never have to hear snapping again as long as I live

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

This is what happens when 79 cut-throat JC students have to compete for 10 A's

We are experiencing finals right now. Words cannot express the horror of these finals, but Lisa's words came close... SO i'd like to steal them because they made my laugh amidst my exams.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

One Day in West J

We went and played the carillon bells at the YMCA tower before the noon hour. Afterwards, Lisa, Kristen and I went on an adventure in West Jerusalem...

Lisa and Kristen got hot... Why not dunk your heads in the fountain. Lisa can't resist the water.

pretty field (aka. ugliest background ever)

a very cool neighborhood

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Our Judaism professor, Ophir Yarden, came to the center and led us in the Seder. He brought his two little chidren, who were absolutely adorable. It's the closest I've been to kids in two months, and its made me realize how much I want to go home and play with Rylee. The Seder was fairly traditional. I was a narrator, so I got to sit at the head table. The highlights of the evening was Ophir's Hebrew, Michael and Eric's rap, and the food. It was a really fun evening. Parts of the Seder are depicted in many movies, so it was interesting to get to participate in one from start to finish.

Emily, Me, and Jenna

the Matza

The grape juice acting in place of wine. They drink like five cups of the stuff. It tasted like what i'd imagine semi-fermented grape juice would taste like. Not the sweet kid stuff. although it could also be that it was Israeli grape juice and not American.

our table... Katie, Emily, me, Jenna

Roomie Pic!
Me, Lisa, Bod, Mandy

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hezekiah's Tunnel

One of my favorite field trips has been our trip to Hezekiah's tunnel. Who would have thought that an hour walking in freezing water up to my thigh, in a tunnel that's barely wider than my shoulders could be so much fun. Whoever the genius was that wanted all the lights off should probably not have been listened to. The ceiling abruptly changes height, and the turns are [obviously] unseen. And, running your hand along a wet, semi-mossy wall that you can't see has pluses and minuses... but mostly minuses.
The tunnel goes from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed the man born blind. The tunnel was built to protect Jerusalem's water supply when Sennacherib and the Assyrians attacked.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are as different as night and day. Jerusalem in very conservative; home to many orthodox religious observers. Tel Aviv on the other hand, belongs in Europe. It is right on the Mediterranean Sea. It is absolutely beautiful. The beach was also a new experience for me. I’ve never seen so many old men try to rock the speedo…

Tel Aviv is about an hour west of Jerusalem. It costs 70 sheckles for the taxi out and back. We left about nine and spend all day on th beach and walking around the city. We ate dinner and watched the sun set, then drove home. 70 skecks well spent.

Me and McKenzie

A couple of us actually swam out to that jetty behind us, and climbed on the rocks. The Lifeguards were not very happy with us, and yelled at us over the loudspeaker in Hebrew. yeah, as you can imagine, it wasn't really effective.

About half of our group. We lost the other half about 10 minutes before we took this picture.

Me and Bod