A Tribute to the Mixed-Up Mixed-Jews of the World

(above: my beautiful Korean-Jewish-Iranian family)

“Once, when I was in prayer, I saw, for a very brief time and without any distinctness of form, but with perfect clarity, how all things are seen in God and how within Himself He contains them all.”
– St. Teresa of Avila, one of my favorite religious poets of all time, and… half-Jewish

Jewish identity has been on my mind lately.I wonder why 😉 I’ve just finished a course in Tikkun Olam Jewish Peoplehood, a class that often had me feeling ill at ease, confused, and even– at times– angry. The biggest culture shock for me thus far in Israel has been the transparency with which Israeli Jews speak about preserving Jewish-ness as an ultimate priority over just about anything else. Being Jewish and preserving Jewish majority, to many of my Israeli friends and teachers, is an unfaltering and “given” necessity– oftentimes equated with the survival of the Jewish culture and peoplehood as a whole. Continue reading


The Tayelet

Nov 25, 2011 Sunset on the Tayelet with Miriam and our Bikes

Whenever I come to the Tayelet to watch the ocean, the sunset, and the people, I always think to myself, “Why don’t I come here more often? Heck, why don’t I come here everyday?” I’m so blessed to live near the water, where troubles blow away with the breeze of the Mediterranean, and the evening call to prayer sets the tone above Jaffa’s gorgeous peninsula silhouette. “Allah Akbar!” Indeed. Continue reading