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Photo Tour of Mayanot October 10, 2010

Filed under: My Blog,Photos — rucheli @ 4:38 pm

Well I’ve been here for a little over a month now, so I figure it’s about time that you all see where I’m spending my year 🙂 If you follow my flick religiously, you’ve seen these photos already. But for those of you who don’t, or for those of you who do but would like some commentary, I’m proud to present my photo tour of Mayanot! Enjoy, and feel free to comment below to let me know what you think of our humble abode 😉


The Mayanot Building

The Mayanot Building - It Does Not Normally Look Like a Castle 😛



Back to the Bunker

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In a country constantly war torn and subjugated to terrorism and political strife, finding a stretch of white powder sand, turquoise waters, and clear blue skies is literally heaven on earth. The air was heavy with humidity of the surging ocean waves rolling onto the stretching shore; breathing it in was a taste of home. Close your eyes. The worries of the world melt away with the sound of water pouring over and over itself as the tide fades out to sea. Gorgeous colored seashells are scattered over the pristine sand that is so fine that it’s as if you’re digging your toes into a cloud. The beach is almost empty. No boys running around and ruining the calm of this paradise, just beautiful women enjoying the beautiful weather on one of the most beautiful beaches on earth…

This Tuesday was the last day before we went back to classes and it also happened to be Sabrina’s birthday… sounds like a perfect day for the beach! We all loaded onto the Ashdod bus and just over an hour later we found ourselves back at the bunker. And this time I brought my camera! Enjoy the pictures below!

Ashdod Beach

The Infamous "Beach Bunker" in Ashdod



Stars, Stairs, and Soulmates September 22, 2010

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I’ve realized that I really enjoy using alliterations in my titles… Hope you like them as much as I do 🙂 And I also enjoying tweaking the blog design of my page, but I think that I’ve found one that I really like, so it should stay like this for a while at least.

Anyway, since my last post was mostly about the holiday of Yom Kippur itself rather that our experiences in Northern Israel, I figured that another post was in order. Like I said earlier, Northern Israel is similar to central California, with vineyards, mountains, rivers, forests, and amazing views. The city of Tzfat is no exception.

Tzfat is a city with some amazing history to it, with some of the most famous kabbalists of all time setting up shop there over the years. It also is a city of some amazing sights. The place is thousands of years old and built into the side of a mountain that overlooks most of Israel. Because of that, there was a citadel that was built on the top of the mountain. It was built by the Crusaders and has been used in every major war for reconnaissance. Since Roman times, the city of Tzfat has been fought over and whoever controlled it has controlled the entire Northern Israel/Galilee/Golan Heights area. Now the top of the mountain where the citadel once stood has been turned into a beautiful park with incredible overlooks and a monument at the top for the fallen soldiers of Israel’s Independence War. The ruins of the Crusader’s citadel is still there and we had the pleasure of exploring the area by the light of the moon the night after Yom Kippur ended. When we reached the peak of the mountain where the monument stands, what did we find? An Orthodox Rabbi with a bunch of secular Israelis, all playing guitar and singing under the moonlight while passing LChaims around the circle… Only in Tzfat 🙂

Citadel Park

Entrance to Citadel Park

Lonely Chair

Lonely Chair at the Overlook

Independence War Memorial

Independence War Memorial

All over Tzfat you’ll also see ruins from the various wars: houses that were never rebuilt, bullet holes in the sides of walls, and demolished buildings turned into local hangouts. (more…)


Kabbalah and Quantum Physics… My new favorite combo! August 2, 2010

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Tonight when I was doing my daily surfing of the Chabad website, I noticed a banner across the top that advertised a live class on “The Theory of Everything.” Myself, being from a heavily scientific background, immediately thought that the class must be referring to something other that the “Theory of Everything” that I studied as part of my own endeavors throughout high school and college. Luckily for me, I was wrong

In case you don’t know what the “Theory of Everything” is in scientific terms, it is a concept that all forces and subatomic particles discovered can be summarized in one single theory. Sounds pretty simple, but the problem is that micro-forces and particles (think smaller than an atom), which operate on an almost infinitely small scale, have a very difficult time cooperating with cosmic forces and bodies (think the Milky Way Galaxy), which operate on an almost infinitely large scale.

I decided to watch the first episode first, instead of jumping in on today’s live broadcast of the third lesson. Needless to say, I was very pleased to see R’ Asher Crispe’s face pop up on the video screen, since I’ve had the distinct pleasure of listening him speak before, and I know for a fact that he is very learned in both Torah and science (albeit a little odd). For the next 18 minutes… or 40, since I re-watched parts of his lesson 3 or 4 times…

The rest of this post is on the Teshuva Network…Click here to see it and the video lesson on the Teshuva Network.


It’s Official! July 29, 2010

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One month from today, I will be in New York for a brief stop before my flight to Israel. And it became public knowledge last week that I have (B”H) the unique and amazing opportunity to continue my work as an engineer while I’m in Jerusalem!

I bought myself a new, highly powerful workhorse-ish laptop. Since I’m a contractor, the company couldn’t buy it for me, but I don’t mind… It’s worth it! It should be in next week and then IT is getting it set up on the network and giving my copies of all of the programs that I need access to in order to get my work done. Then, while I’m in Israel, I’ll just log into the servers for a few hours a day to get my work done. I got a US phone number through Skype so that they can call me (and vice-versa) as needed, and I will still have my interns working here in the States for me if I need them to collect any data…

All in all, it’s going to be an amazingly incredible opportunity to work and learn at the same time. I couldn’t think of a better “happy-medium”! Thank G-d it has all worked out so well, hope the good mazel continues!


Am I the Only One? July 25, 2010

Filed under: Featured,Headline,My Blog — rucheli @ 11:36 pm

After spending 12 hours at work today fixing a 30 minute project that turned out to be a hornets’ nest waiting to be kicked, I found myself wondering if I’m the only one…

Am I the only frum female working and living in a man’s world?

I mean really, engineering by definition is only about 13% female in the first place. And the world is only about 0.03% “Orthodox” Jewish. So one would expect that engineering is about 0.0039% Orthodow Jewish. And assuming a 50/50 split male female, that would mean that about 0.00145% of all engineers are frum and female like myself.

The government says that there about 1.6 million engineers in the United States… So .00145% of 1.6 million is about 23…. Twenty three of us?!



"Got Shabbat?" – Chabad brings light to Lake Mary February 24, 2010

Rabbi Yanky Majesky and his wife Chanshy from the Chabad of North OrlandoIt may have seemed like a normal Friday night in North Orlando, but something special was going on in the Courtyard Marriott of Lake Mary. As Rabbi Yanky Majesky and the men of the growing Chabad of North Orlando congregation joined in the harmonies of L’cha Dodi, his wife Chanshy led the women of the group in lighting candles to welcome Shabbat. The couple, along with their 8 month old baby girl, moved to Lake Mary a few months ago to start a congregation where every single Jew feels welcomed. Talking to the members of Lake Mary’s newest congregation, it’s evident that was exactly the sentiment that surrounded the congregation’s second monthly “Got Shabbat?” service on February 12th.

All throughout the program, Rabbi Majesky made congregation members feel at home no matter their background or upbringing. By including both traditional hymns and more modern melodies, mixed with the occasional insightful explanation of various prayers, the service held by Rabbi and Mrs. Majesky was a breeze for everyone to follow along. “We attend services with Rabbi Majesky because it’s light and enjoyable for our family… not only that, but we feel personally welcomed,” said one member of the Rosen family, regulars at the new congregation. While those in attendance were from a variety of previous affiliations, from Reform to Orthodox and everything in between, everyone agreed that at the Chabad of North Orlando they got the best of both worlds, immersing themselves in a traditional atmosphere while at the same time enjoying a completely non-judgmental and inviting environment.

Steve Cohen, who co-sponsored the event in honor of his parents David and Adele Cohen, couldn’t be happier with …

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