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Sam Frank
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Lithuania
Happy spring holidays to those who are keeping track! I have just returned from a trip to Lithuania, a place I certainly did not expect to travel to when I left for Jerusalem this year.  Lithuania had fallen into the category of "Eastern European countries ...

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January in Jerusalem
Hi all! It's been a busy January in Jerusalem.  I returned to the city after a refreshing vacation at home, where I got to see so many amazing and kind family and friends. When I got back to Jerusalem, I was greeted by our version of a snowstorm: A mid-snow...

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2015!
Happy New Year, family, lovers, and friends! Sorry for the MAJOR delay in posting.  It's been a crazy semester! And now here I am, for semester #2, heading back to classes and excited to hit the ground running! Here are some highlights from last semester......

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High Holy Days
In light of the spirit of the High Holy Days, it seems appropriate to begin this blog post with an apology: I am sorry for being so out of touch!  I know it's not just on this blog but via email, text, and more. I promise to try to be better in the new year...

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Pics
Aloha, So in addition to being super thoughtful about what's going on in Israel/Gaza right now, I've been having a lot of fun too.  Here are some pictures to prove it! Beach in Raanana Pre Shabbat selfie with cousins in Raanana  The beautiful campus in Jeru...

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Tisha B'Av
It has been a tough week here in Jerusalem.  I know that as I write this, the cease fire is holding and there is even preliminary talk of a more extended ceasefire. But a few days, we had two terror attacks in Jerusalem, and yesterday we marked Tisha B'av. ...

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What to do, what to say?
I keep sitting down to write this post and I'm not sure where to begin or where to go.  As I write this, I've read reports of Germans shouting  anti-Semitic chants ,  airlines are canceling flights into Israel ,  Ban Ki Moon stating that Gazans are victims ...

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"Welcome to Israel!"
So, wow.  What a week to arrive in Israel!  I've visited the shuk, moved into my apartment, gotten to know my beautiful campus, learned with our school's president and some professors, attended a talk at the Shalom Hartman center, toured the outskirts of Je...
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