Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I've joined a commune...

Today I am leaving to Eretz Yisrael to spend the next 7 weeks working on a Religious Kibbutz. The name of the Kibbutz is Sde Eliyahu and it is located in the Bet She’an Valley. I am considering pursuing a career in agriculture and so in a way for me this will be an internship... allowing myself to become more familiar with the field, and ultimately help in the decision making process as to whether I want to devote my life to a similar occupation. I also am very much so interested in what the Halachic obligations are in relation to The Land, and what the practical ramifications are [there is an entire order of the Mishnah/Talmud devoted to agriculture (Zeraim)]. Ultimately, God willing, it should be a very rewarding experience, allowing myself to become more fully immersed in Israeli society and becoming better acquainted with the culture and particularly the language in its modern usage. I really do not really know what to expect - aside from blistering heat and hard work... from what I understand though most of those working out in the fields get a mid-day break [kind of like the Spanish siesta] in order to avoid working during the harshest hours of the day. Before going to the Kibbutz my first stop on the way there will be Shabbos in Shiloh at my grandparents' home, who unfortunately I have not seen in some time... The fact that I am leaving has not fully registered yet - but on the other hand I am simultaneously highly anticipatory ... Well, I’m off - and since I don’t know if I will have an opportunity to post while there.. have a great summer everyone!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Uncle Sam's Birthday

Happy 4th of July! Today is a day in which we can all show our HaKaras HaTov for this great nation, what better way to celebrate the ratification of the Declaration of Independence than to barbeque?! ... Anway for those of you wondering why that flag has 51 stars - then here is an option for you to consider: NYC Statehood. Well, off I go to enjoy the festivities.... enjoy!

PS - I know our national personification [Uncle Sam] as a figure didnt emerge until the War of 1812... but if I abide simply by the facts than the title of my post gets less interesting, heheh..