Childhood

My childhood was awesome. When I think back, all I really cared about was playing. Being the middle of five children of course created an environment of constant action. But I loved it. I love all of my siblings and my family. I always have. My family is Jewish, and...

Taiwan

My decision to spend a year teaching English in Taiwan after graduation coincided with an experience that had a dramatic effect on my outlook. In the summer between my graduation from university and my year in Taiwan, my best friend Yoni’s younger brother Sol was...

Israel

Israel is my home country even though it is not my home country. But…it is my home country – in terms of family and culture that is. Israelis are a bold people, and very firm in their grip of reality. Because of the circumstances of their creation and...

Korea

After Israel, I still had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of career. I liked teaching and after I got home to New York, I decided to embark on the arduous Teach For America application process. I made it to the final round but in the end wasn’t accepted to the...

NYC

After those three journeys abroad, I felt an itching to get back to my home country and stay for a while. I felt strengthened by my experiences and had a vision of my real work needing to be done in a culture most familiar. I applied and was accepted to a prestigious...

Colorado

After the school year, I wanted to experiment. I wanted to see more proof that everything would be alright if I just leapt. I bought an old hatchback Subaru, packed it up with all my belongings and hit the road. I had a few guideposts…that was all. I knew I had some...

California

A job opportunity came my way back in New York that caused me to leave Colorado at the end of the season. Perhaps I was too far up on the idea of letting go, or perhaps I was too eager to be seen as valuable. I won’t say I made the wrong choice, because one thing...

Yoga Training

The owners sold the restaurant, and I took that as my cue to head back east. I had finally gotten another car (a deep blue hatchback), so Kira and I hit the road and headed back east. There were a few reasons that drove me to make this decision, but none more than it...