Hawaii – Oahu

After spending almost the entirety of November back home in New Jersey, we flew to Hawaii and escaped all that early snow in the Northeast (sorry neighbors).  We spent last week on Oahu, the most populous and commercial of the Hawaiian Islands. Rather than spend our time in the most touristy areas of Honolulu or … More Hawaii – Oahu

Kvelling Over Our Bat Mitzvah and her D’var Torah and our Amazing Community

An excerpt from Elizabeth’s D’var Torah: As a 13 year old feminist Jew, I read this story and thought: How does this make sense? How does this apply to me and my world? How does this help me to be a better person? What lessons am I supposed to learn from this? What’s wrong with Isaac that he was willing to let Rebekah be harassed — at the very least — because she’s pretty and he was too cowardly to say that she was his wife? Why does Isaac say it would be Rebekah’s fault if he died? … More Kvelling Over Our Bat Mitzvah and her D’var Torah and our Amazing Community

Vicksburg 

About three weeks back we were traveling across the deep south on our way to New Orleans when we stopped to visit the site of the battle of Vicksburg in Mississippi. For those of you who don’t remember your Civil War (or the war of Northern Aggression as some folks down here in the South … More Vicksburg 

St. Augustine, the First European Colony in North America

In 1513 Juan Ponce de Leon “discovered” what is now Florida and named it La Florida, the flowers. He was a Spanish explorer and conquistador of the “New World.” He made many voyages for Spain to look for gold. He was supposedly also searching for the Fountain of Youth. (The Fountain of Youth was a … More St. Augustine, the First European Colony in North America