- I did not care much about Israel or Judaism until about a year and a half ago, when a certain person (qrswave) made me aware of my Jewish identity through exposure to raving antisemitism. (Israel being behind 9/11, Zionists controlling the world, etc)
- I have a scar on my left arm due to crashing a rental car in Canada. I picked up passengers to drive with me at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, after I missed the 1:15 am Wednesday/Thursday bus to Toronto. Thankfully, I purchased collision insurance!
- I read the Jerusalem Post and Little Green Footballs pretty much every day. If I have a staple for the news, it is those two sources.
- Arab taxi drivers love me and have asked for my number on numerous occasions. Because of my dark skin and hair, they assume I am Arab American. If I was interested in Arab American taxi cab drivers, I would have a harem of men.
- Postcard shop workers as well as train operators also seem to love me.
- I currently am taking Middle Eastern belly dancing classes. I find it to be incredibly fun, as well as a great workout. I am really excited that I seem to have gotten the "shimmy walk" down! The shoulder shimmy is my next project. I am thinking I may want to get the belly dancing skirt, with the rustle.
- I have recently become active in the Jewish community, as well as active in Israel advocacy. I guess you could say I am no longer an atheist, though certainly I have not reached the ranks of "baalei teshuva." I go to services on Friday nights and Saturday afternoon, but I use electricity on Shabbat, talk on the phone, use the computer, and work out. (usually) I also am basically vegetarian (who eats fish), but even that I am not very strict about. I follow more, but not all, of the laws of Judaism, in a large part because it makes me feel good to do it. I feel more connected to Judaism by doing these things, even as I acknowledge this connection could be purely psychological. With that said, there is one form of meditation that I think Jew and non-Jew can appreciate. I wake up every morning saying "Mode Ani," and it feels great to say it! It essentially means "thank you G-d for giving me life." Think about how great that is...you wake up, grateful to be alive! Truly transformative.
- I have a dream to take Jews to India, to tour the Jewish sites of India. I would also love it for Indians to tour Israel. I really see a future in an Israel/Indian partnership.
I tag...hmm...any eight people who want to do this!